Ever since Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm, the Star Wars content machine has been churning. New books and comics are coming out all the time, Star Wars Rebels is going to start its third season in a few months, The Force Awakens saw massive financial success, and Rogue One is on the way this December.
Unfortunately, there’s one area where Lucasfilm has dropped the ball in the midst of all this new content – video games. Star Wars has a long history of amazing video games, and many fans even consider gaming their entry point to the franchise, bit the past few years have seen a bit of a drought. While Star War Battlefront has slaked the thirst of some fans, others miss the days of old when classic Star Wars games were available in almost every genre.
On a brighter side, it appears things are about to change. Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens will arrive in a few weeks, a Battlefront sequel will arrive next year, and multiple projects are in the works from several studios. Star Wars Celebration Europe in July is even said to have the “highest volume of gaming content in Celebration history.”
In anticipation of more games from a galaxy far, far away, here are 12 Star Wars Games We’d Love to See Announced
12. A Bethesda Style Open World Game
Games franchises like Bethesda’s Elder Scrolls and Fallout have given fans massive open worlds to explore, factions to join, and an endless supply of quests to complete. A Star Wars game that can provide that deep of an experience is a guaranteed hit with any Star Wars fan.
Join the Empire and be a stormtrooper, learn the ways of the Force and become a Jedi like your father, buy your own ship and be an honest merchant (or a scoundrel smuggler), or just run around ripping off moisture farmers. An open world Star Wars RPG that lets you be whoever you want and do whatever you want all inside the massive sandbox of lore that is the Star Wars universe could easily provide dozens, if not hundreds, of hours of Star Wars gaming bliss.
Since EA holds exclusive publishing rights for Star Wars games, it’s unlikely that Bethesda will do a Star Wars game in the near future (they don’t have the bandwidth to work on a third major franchise, anyway), so a game of this style would obviously have to come from another developer. EA hasn’t yet published any massively open world single-player games, so this would be entirely new territory, but that could be set to change in coming years. An open world Star Wars game is the perfect way to accomplish that.
11. A Story-Driven BioWare RPG
Star Wars fans have been begging for Knights of the Old Republic III for years. Unfortunately, due to the non-canon status of the KotOR franchise, there’s really no place for a third KotOR sequel when all new Star Wars games are intended to fit into the new Star Wars universal continuity. That doesn’t mean that a game in the style of KotOR or Mass Effect couldn’t be done, it just means the continuity wouldn’t line up with KOTOR I or II.
A game in this style would be very story driven and would utilize a strong morality system with a major focus on diverse character arcs and relationships with NPCs. While it would still be a very open RPG, this is different from something in the vein of Bethesda games, because it is far more story focused, with dialogue and character choices driving the game instead of letting the player simply spend hours exploring dungeons and treasure hunting.
BioWare already has Star Wars: The Old Republic, but – as an MMO – SWTOR’s story isn’t nearly immersive as a single player campaign like those BioWare did with Mass Effect or KotOR. Returning to that level of in-depth storytelling is exactly what Star Wars games need now.
10. A New Real-Time Strategy Game
Star Wars has a long history with real-time strategy games with titles such as Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds and Empire at War. Now that Star Wars lore has entered a new era, there’s a lot of new ground to cover. There’s new factions, vehicles, and troops that are all dying to see action in any of the dozens of battles that have occurred across the 3 time periods depicted in the Star Wars movies.
With such a variety the new catalog of military resources, an RTS would be one of the best possible ways to showcase these units. New canon books like Lost Stars and Battlefront: Twilight Company detail additional battles during the galactic civil war that can be fully realized in the game, or it could even delve into the 30 years of unknown history between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens.
A current generation Star Wars RTS would also bring some major improvements over the older Star Wars strategy games, such as better online matchmaking and DLC. While that second point may make most gamers recoil in horror, a game that is used to showcase everything new in Star Wars lore can’t be static. New units and maps to correspond with new Star Wars canon is a must. The key, as always, is to make the price worthwhile. A pay-to-play model or price gouging expansions would be a quick way to turn off the fan base.
9. An X-Wing Sequel
You can’t talk about Star Wars games without talking about the X-Wing/TIE Fighter franchise. Still heralded as some of the best flight simulator games of all time, many fans have been disappointed that there hasn’t been a new installment since X-Wing: Alliance in 1999.
One of the best parts about the franchise is the way it puts the player right in the cockpit of their favorite ship, with complete access to all the necessary controls and power settings. While some more recent games like Battlefront put you in the middle of dogfights in classic Star Wars ships, it still doesn’t beat the complete control offered by the X-Wing games, where nearly every button on the keyboard has its own function.
A next generation Star Wars flight simulator would also be able to utilize more modern advances in gaming. Obviously the graphics would be amazing, and multiplayer would be great for dogfights or co-op play, but there are very few games that could utilize VR head tracking like a Star Wars flight sim. Developing a new X-Wing game with compatibility for the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive is an absolute must.
8. Star Wars 1313
These days, it’s almost impossible to reference Star Wars gaming without mentioning the loss of what looked like one of the most promising Star Wars games ever: Star Wars: 1313. Taking players into the seedy underbelly of Coruscant, 1313 promised to immerse players in a part of the Star Wars universe where morality isn’t quite so black and white as it is in the Star Wars films.
Rumored to follow the development of a young Boba Fett, 1313 had an amazing reveal trailer that had fans hyped, but the project was scrapped shortly after Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm and the shuttering of LucasArts. Not all hope is lost, though. Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy claims that the material in the game is still a priority. Whether that means a new developer will pick up the game or the story will simply be told through another medium has yet to be revealed, but the bright spot in all of this is that 1313 isn’t all dead. There’s still a chance!
7. Republic Commando Sequel
Another fan favorite Star Wars game that never got a sequel: Republic Commando. Although the game and tie-in novels are now a part of Star Wars: Legends continuity, there’s still a lot of amazing canon clone trooper action seen in The Clone Wars animated series, plus additional untold content that never made it into the show that could all be adapted into a similar first person shooter.
While Star Wars already has a first person shooter in Star Wars: Battlefront, the lack of a story mode, focus on the original trilogy era, and arena style combat instead of an objective based maze leave a lot of fans wanting more. A game that focuses on Clone commandos completing missions that range from major battles to infiltration or stealth missions would offer a diversity in gameplay not currently available in any Star Wars titles.
6. A Star Wars Fighting Game
Star Wars has delved into the realm of fighting games a few times, usually coming up dry. Masters of Teras Kasi for Playstation underwhelmed most gamers in 1997, and Star Wars hasn’t published a fighting game since. The decision to abandon the genre is an unfortunate one, especially because Star Wars’ vast catalog of characters would be perfectly suited to a fighting game utilizing an engine like the modified Unreal engine used for Mortal Kombat X. Characters from the universe have appeared in fighting games in the past, though, such as SoulCalibur IV.
Many people point to a big mismatch in certain powers as the reason a Star Wars fighting game couldn’t work. For example, Darth Vader versus a Tusken Raider would never be a realistic battle, but a quick look at a game like Injustice: Gods Among Us provides a great example of how a roster of varying powers can be leveraged for an appropriate fighting game.
5. Grand Theft Bounty Hunters
Star Wars fans have been salivating over bounty hunters ever since they first saw Vader’s motley crew of guns for hire assembled on the bridge of the Executor in 1980. Outside of a few bounty hunter centric stories in Star Wars: Legends, bounty hunters have gotten surprisingly little play. It’s time that changed.
An open world game in the style of Grand Theft Auto or Red Dead Redemption that focuses on hunting bounties, smuggling cargo, fulfilling assassination requests, and any other illegal activity in the Star Wars universe would fulfill the dreams of many Star Wars fans.
In this game you’d be able establish a reputation as an outlaw, build a criminal organization, and collect property and vehicles, all while avoiding any… Imperial entanglements. Dead or alive, disintegrations or no disintegrations, it’s all your call. Just get rich, or die trying in a massive Star Wars sandbox.
4. Battlefront II
Star Wars Battlefront has been fairly popular with a number of fans, but for a Star Wars game with the word “Battlefront” in the title, it left a lot of us wanting. While the graphics and gameplay were vastly improved from the previous two Battlefront games, many favorite features were notably absent.
From simple thematic elements, such as the exclusion of any prequel era factions or troops, to larger gameplay items, like the simplicity of aerial/space combat compared to Battlefront II, Battlefront just felt like an incomplete game. Coupled with the fact that any new features came packaged as expensive DLC, fans are going to demand a lot from a Battlefront sequel.
In order to satisfy fans, Star Wars Battlefront 2 needs to include all 3 eras of Star Wars movies, greatly improve air and space battles (including boarding and takeover of larger capital ships), and include a single-player story mode campaign.
Coincidentally, a fan project to revive the original cancelled Battlefront 3 is in the works, and you can follow the progress of the game (renamed Galaxy in Turmoil) via Steam.
3. Star Wars Under Cover
There have been a lot of Star Wars games over the years, covering almost every genre imaginable, and often effectively riffing on other major game franchises, but one thing that has yet to be seen is a proper spy/stealth game.
Espionage is a major part of the Star Wars universe. Rebel spies are one of the first things mentioned in A New Hope (which we’re about to see happen on the big screen in Rogue One), and the destruction of the second Death Star was only possible because many Bothans died to get the information used to plan the battle of Endor.
A spy game could be done in the style of Metal Gear Solid or Splinter Cell, and focus any any (or all) of the eras of Star Wars. A game that revolves around sneaking in the shadows and avoiding the detection of guards would provide an entertaining look into a major side of Star Wars that’s normally only mentioned in passing.
2. Star Wars Fleets MMO
Star Wars: The Old Republic has had a great run of 5 years as one of the most popular MMORPGs, but Star Wars has a lot more to offer MMOs than SWTOR is providing. While SWTOR does a magnificent job of offering diverse characters, classes, and storytelling opportunities, there’s not a lot of room left in the game to focus on many people’s favorite part about Star Wars: the ships.
EVE Online has found a lot of success recently with gameplay that revolves almost exclusively around ships, space travel, large scale battles, and intergalactic commerce. What better way to offer everyone the opportunity to emulate their favorite spice dumping smuggler than to create a similar game set in the Star Wars universe.
The diversity in ships and roles would allow players the flexibility to choose between playing as a fighter pilot for the Rebels or the Empire, an independent merchant Captain, the Admiral of a Star Destroyer, a Pirate captain preying on unsuspecting trade routes, or anyone else, so long as they sit behind the control yoke of a classic Star Wars ship.
1. Casual Gaming
Not all games are massive, fast-paced, high-stakes, action-oriented affairs. Many gamers prefer games that help them relax and exercise their creative capacities instead of their fast twitch muscles. There’s a lot of opportunity for Star Wars games in that market.
Whether it’s a Star Wars farming sim similar to Harvest Moon or Stardew Valley, or a crafting game like Minecraft set in the Star Wars universe (the name StarCraft is unfortunately already taken), there really needs to be a leisurely game in the Star Wars franchise.
There have been some mobile apps in this realm, such as Tiny Death Star, which is pretty fun, but this is still untouched territory when it comes to consoles and PC.
How about you? What’s your favorite Star Wars game? Would you want to play any of the games on this list, or do you have another favorite idea you’d rather see? Let us hear about it in the comments!