Just a few days after the official announcement about the Star Wars canon, a LucasFilm representative confirmed to GameSpot that upcoming Star Wars games such as DICE’s Battlefront and Visceral’s new Star Wars game being written by former Naughty Dog creative director Amy Hennig and Uncharted actor Todd Stashwick will be considered canon…
The new direction of the Star Wars canon could explain why games such as Star Wars 1313 were cancelled and not just handed off to other developers.
“If 1313 ever does resurface, it will probably only be after several alterations to ensure the game stays in line with official canon.
The recent delay of the latest expansion for another EA title, Star Wars: The Old Republic, is unrelated to the official canon announcement. The Lucasfilm rep stated that:
“As far as The Old Republic MMO is concerned, nothing is going to change. TOR has always been a part of the Expanded Universe, and that’s not going to change.”
So, at the very least, The Old Republic era of Star Wars will not be discarded with the rest of the Expanded Universe. This could mean that era of the Star Wars timeline can remain open to authors and game developers to work with. Of course, this could also just be Disney/LucasFilm not wanting to shut down a $200 million MMO that is so far back in the timeline that it is inconsequential to the films anyway.