Earlier than diving into how/why the powers that be at Disney ought to/might do that, let’s check out some current occasions. First off, Disney bought all of Lucasfilm from George Lucas in 2012 for greater than $four billion. That has confirmed to be a clever funding, because the Mouse Home has made that up in field workplace alone. However they’ve additionally explored video video games within the final handful of years, with admittedly blended outcomes.
For followers of Star Wars video video games, few phrases ring as true as “Battlefront.” The unique Star Wars: Battlefront was launched in 2004 and shortly grew to become one of the crucial beloved video games produced throughout the franchise. It put gamers on the sphere of battle and included, one might argue, a few of the biggest sofa one-on-one battles ever. Its sequel, Star Wars: Battlefront II, launched the next 12 months, solely served to enhance upon its predecessor. Many nonetheless take into account it to be probably the greatest Star Wars video games ever made.
With that, it made quite a lot of sense for Lucasfilm, below the Disney reign, to lean on this title for the primary official Star Wars recreation of this daring new period. Star Wars Battlefront arrived in 2015, simply earlier than The Pressure Awakens hit theaters. Sure, the sport bought properly and no, it wasn’t roundly trashed by critics or something. However this was not minimize from the identical fabric because the earlier video games. It was a web based shooter set throughout the franchise. No marketing campaign and positively nothing like the unique titles. It was, for a lot of, a giant letdown. Star Wars Battlefront II tried to repair these points upon arrival in 2017. We acquired a marketing campaign this time round, full with a canon story. That half was widely-praised. Nevertheless, the sport’s loot field system, amongst different points, served to overshadow any enhancements that have been made. Ultimately, the video games didn’t dwell as much as the namesake of the Battlefront sequence. Particularly for many who had a sure expectation due to what they got here to like within the unique video games.
Lucasfilm turned issues round with Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order in 2019. The one-player-focused recreation informed a worthy story throughout the franchise, that of Jedi padawan Cal Kestis within the aftermath of Order 66. It was a success each critically and commercially. Extra just lately, Star Wars: Squadrons put gamers within the cockpit as each members of the Empire and Insurrection. Once more, this was considered as a step in the suitable route.
That having been stated, it appears the brass at Disney and Lucasfilm know that is an space that they’ve loads of room to develop. Just lately, one other intriguing growth got here our approach when it was revealed that Lucasfilm Video games, a brand new division devoted solely to creating video games based mostly on the studio’s numerous properties, has been fashioned. Not solely is an Indiana Jones online game on the way in which however an open-world Star Wars recreation is in growth as properly. This seems to be a step in the suitable route. A division that may focus its time and efforts solely on these ventures, very like Lucasarts was capable of do earlier than the Disney buyout.
New video games are nice. New video games are needed. New video games are, properly, new. New issues are wanted within the Star Wars franchise. Simply have a look at what The Mandalorian has been capable of accomplish. However that does not imply Lucasfilm ought to flip its again on the previous. Particularly in relation to video video games. In contrast to every other type of media, video video games provide an interplay and degree of private connectivity simply merely cannot be discovered wherever else. A lot of that may be fueled by nostalgia. If there’s a simpler nostalgia engine within the popular culture panorama than Star Wars, I’d be hard-pressed to call it. That being the case, it might appear prudent for Lucasfilm to not simply re-release, however remaster and replace a few of these traditional video games for present and previous followers alike to get pleasure from in one of the best ways doable.
One can go on and on in relation to private favorites, however video games like Republic Commando, the unique Battlefront sequence, the Rogue Squadron video games (particularly with the film from Patty Jenkins on the way in which) and, on the very high of the listing, the Knights of the Previous Republic video games, appear to be secure bets. Granted, Lucasfilm has already ported video games like Jedi Outcast and Episode I Racer to the Swap considerably just lately. However these weren’t full-on remasters. Enjoyable as it could be for followers to revisit, these video games really feel of their time. However the tales, the gameplay and core of those and extra Star Wars video video games are virtually begging for one more shot within the fashionable period.
This is not merely a fan begging for one thing out of egocentric need both. Sure, I’d like to scream at my associates whereas taking part in Galactic Conquest in Battlefront as soon as once more. However Disney is all about making a living. And make no mistake, there may be cash to be made right here. Re-mastering/remaking video games does not come low cost. However it’s not constructing from the bottom up both. When completed accurately, it will possibly additionally show to be vastly worthwhile. Simply have a look at what occurred with the current Last Fantasy VII remake or the Tony Hawk’s Professional Skater 1 & 2 re-master. Professional Skater bought greater than one million copies in two weeks. Last Fantasy VII carried out even higher, promoting greater than 3.5 million copies in three days.
Granted, Star Wars is a radically totally different beast. However the principal is similar. Take the sport that labored, preserve the weather that labored, replace it to swimsuit fashionable consoles and participant sensibilities. Increase, success. Sure, that could be a little bit of an oversimplification however it has labored time and time once more. Capcom is at the moment seeing enormous numbers for remakes of its Resident Evil recreation sequence. Lucasfilm can capitalize in the identical approach with Star Wars.
Maybe the biggest hurdle to clear is the Star Wars canon. Lucasfilm reset the canon in 2012 after the Disney buy. Everything counts now. Novels, video games, comics, TV exhibits. It is all a part of the deal. A few of these older video games most likely would not match into the at the moment established canon. However there are actually methods to work round that. And if that is the most important concern getting in the way in which of constructing followers very pleased, to not point out making plenty of cash, there is no such thing as a purpose this cannot be completed. Your transfer, Disney.
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