The Star Wars universe, once always expanding with new books and games, is now very, very small. And it’s leaving Knights of the Old Republic, The Force Unleashed, and other games out.
Lucasfilm, a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, announced today that is lopping off most of the content from the existing Star Wars canon. Since the first film debuted in 1977, Lucasfilm has worked with others to release new stories that make up what is known as the “Expanded Universe.” Before selling Star Wars and Lucasfilm to Disney, George Lucas considered much of that canonical (or part of the official story). Not any more. Lucasfilm now only considers the films, Episode I through Episode VI and Star Wars: The Clone Wars as “immovable objects of Star Wars history.”
That means that all previously released games are now part of an outdated timeline of events that no longer corresponds with the films. Lucasfilm said it will continue printing its books under a new “Legends” banner that indicates they are not a part of the canon as it stands today.
“We have an unprecedented slate of new Star Wars entertainment on the horizon,” said Kennedy. “We’re set to bring Star Wars back to the big screen and continue the adventure through games, books, comics, and new formats that are just emerging. This future of interconnected storytelling will allow fans to explore this galaxy in deeper ways than ever before.”
Publisher Electronic Arts purchased the rights to make Star Wars games going forward. It has its developers DICE and Visceral working on games that will debut in the next few years. We’ve reached out to EA and Lucasfilm to determine if the new games are actually canon. We will update this story with any new information.
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