6 Upcoming Star Wars Game That Can Bring Some Serious Action
6. LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens
It’s quickly getting to a point now where the LEGO games are quickly overstaying their welcome, as we’re basically just getting the same thing over and over again, with very little innovation present in each new instalment.
LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which will be released on every console known to man, also seems like it could be the last AAA action game released on seventh generation consoles. but if you’ve already decided to skip it because you feel that you’ve grown tired of a series that offers too little in the way of change, then you might be pleasantly surprised to learn that it does actually try to mix things up a bit.
From what we’ve seen so far, it seems that it will at least try to differentiate from the standard LEGO formula, with cover shooting mechanics, the ability to construct multiple objects from debris rather than one predetermined item, and more complex puzzles.
5. Star Wars: 1313
Announced at E3 2012, several months before the Disney acquisition of the franchise was made public, Star Wars 1313 would have been the most adult Star Wars game to date, with the developers even stating that they were going for an M rating from the ESRB. However, they said that for them, the M rating meant that they would have more freedom to explore mature thematic themes, rather than adding in copious amounts of violence, so Dead Space levels of gore were unlikely.
The game would have been a cover shooter set on the titular level 1313 in Coruscant’s underworld, but alas, after Disney got hold of Star Wars, they closed LucasArts, the company that handled most of the games in the series, killing 1313 in the process. As Disney also seem keen on making the Star Wars become more and more child friendly, the game would have had no place in their vision for the series. And the saddest part? It was leaked that the game’s plot was being reworked to feature Boba Fett as the protagonist. The game that couldn’t have been anymore awesome got even more awesome.
Occasionally we hear rumblings of the project being resurrected, but nothing has yet been confirmed. These rumours refuse to die, with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy hinting that the assets from the game were considered to be as valuable as gold. So maybe we might see 1313 one day. EA now hold the license to make Star Wars console games, so it looks like it’s in their hands.
4. Star Wars Battlefront Sequels
You knew that this one was coming. Like it or loathe it, the Battlefront series is here to stay. Like the FPS series Battlefield, which is also developed by DICE, there are murmurs of Battlefront becoming a yearly franchise. Which would be great, if they actually release a full game next time and not a bunch of incredibly short game modes for a ridiculously high price. If you haven’t yet played the game and are dying to experience it, wait for the price to go down. It really isn’t worth its asking price.
The fact that there was no campaign mode was seen as a major point of criticism. After all, a game without a story driven campaign is like a DVD without the main feature, just a bunch of extras. It didn’t even have space battles.
Hopefully DICE and EA will learn from their mistakes and give fans what they want next time. And there will be a next time. Nothing’s been confirmed yet, but the game sold over 12 million copies worldwide. A sequel is definitely happening and yearly instalments are also more than likely.
3. Visceral’s Star Wars Game
The news that Visceral, a subsidiary of EA who were responsible for the Dead Space series and Dante’s Inferno, had us hyped, and the news that Amy Hennig, the writer of the Uncharted series, was involved, our anticipation went though the roof.
In terms of actual details, we know very little about the game, other than that it’s still a few years away, and that job listings have hinted at it being some an open world action RPG. More details at this stage would be wonderful, but that’s all there is out there for now
2. The Old Republic Expansions
Bioware’s Star Wars: The Old Republic cost an estimated $200 million dollars to produce. With that kind of enormous budget, it was clearly made with the intention to keep players invested for many years to come. The most recent update, Knights of the Fallen Empire, was praised for its focus on strong cinematic storytelling, so we expect nothing less from future entires. And as the game’s raking in yearly revenues of around $139 million, expect many more to come. The Old Republic will be dominated the MMORPG market for a long time.
As Disney retconned the Expanded Universe, meaning that all books, comics and games released before April 2014 would no longer be considered canon, the expansions for The Old Republic, along with the Fantasy Flight card games, remain the only new stories set within the Expanded universe continuity. So fans are eternally grateful to it for keeping keeping the EU alive.
And speaking of expansions, not only will Disney 3.0 likely receive addition Star Wars characters, but there’s also rumours that 4.0 will be released to tie into Rogue One later this year. And if Rogue One features anywhere near as many fan favourite characters as have been rumoured, that would be very cool indeed.
1. Battle Of The Sith Lords
This is another entry on the list that we probably won’t ever see, but there’s still a glimmer of hope.
Along with 1313, this was another victim of Disney’s decision to close down LucasArts. It would originally have focused on Darth Maul, from his childhood as a Sith apprentice all the way to his adult days of helping Palpatine set the Grand Plan into motion.
However, members of developer Red Flt Studio even met with George Lucas to discuss any input that he might have for the project, and he decided, after viewing both statues of Maul and Darth Talon during the meeting, that he wanted them both to appear together in the game. This is despite the fact that Talon existed 170 years after Maul. So the game’s plot had to be altered drastically, with the protagonist instead being a distant descendant of Maul to explain how he could co-exist in Talon’s time.
The new story would have seen the two of them going up against Darth Krayt, a popular new Sith new character from the Star Wars comic books, and his armies. Then, with the closure of LucasArts, development was ceased entirely.
Lately, Dan Borth of developer Red Fly Studio hosted a session of Reddit where he explained that he was working on a new concept demo to impress EA, in the hopes that the project might be resurrected. So hopefully EA will go ahead and give the game the green light. Hopefully.
#6 Upcoming Star Wars Game That Can Bring Some Serious Action