While there has been plenty of focus on the hubbub about the new Star Wars movies, there are still a handful of rumors about two existing game projects set in the Galaxy Far, Far Away going around, along with a certain developer’s interest in working on the rumored “true” sequel to a beloved Star Wars series…
Since I seem to be the site’s Battlefront authority as of late, I see no reason not to talk about the reboot here. I’ll start with the most important information: an indirect confirmation that another planet will be featured in the game. According to a Swedish interview with DICE’s Patrick Bach, the crew visited the Tunisia desert – the original filming location for Tatooine. Since they also visited the original filming locations for Hoth and Endor (both confirmed as playable locations) to create a visually authentic gameplay experience, it can be inferred that Tatooine will be one of the playable planets featured in the game.
Other important bits and pieces from the interview in question include the fact that Lucasfilm experts are serving as creative consultants to the project (again, to create an authentic Star Wars experience) and the fact that DICE does not plan on creating overseas studios for the project. While there have been rumors regarding the possibility that the game will exclusively take place in the Galactic Civil War Era, I have my own doubts about this, considering that it was confirmed that DICE has access to content from Episode VII. Considering that the Clone Wars Era comprised much of the content in the original Battlefront games, I personally believe that DICE will not leave this part of Star Wars history out, even though right now it’s obvious that they’re focused on recreating Original Trilogy environments first.
The next stop on the list is the as-of-yet untitled Visceral Games project. While I can’t say that there’s any hard news on the game since the announcement that Amy Hennig (director/writer of many games in the critically-acclaimed Uncharted franchise) would be the creative director for the game and that Todd Stashwick (who was to be involved with the next Uncharted game, though he was recast) would serve as a writer, several rumors that the title is going to be an open-world game have popped up. These rumors are only strengthened by CEO Andrew Wilson’s comments that say that he wants to create a game akin to the Batman: Arkham series, which is a part of the open-world genre.
But the real surprise here is that Obsidian Entertainment, the developers of Knights Of The Old Republic II: The Sith Lords, want to make another Star Wars game – this time, set between Revenge Of The Sith and A New Hope, according to the IGN video linked within the article. In spite of their previous statement that the game would take place within the timeframe of the “Dark Times”, the possibility of developing a sequel to Knights Of The Old Republic is still apparently discussed in-house, even though The Old Republic is treated as the official sequel. Should a hypothetical KOTOR sequel be greenlit, it would likely be a Single-Player RPG experience in contrast to TOR‘s status as a Massively-Multiplayer Online RPG. Still, there are plenty of players that wanted a single-player experience in the Old Republic Era, and the fact that there’s still an interest from developers to work on more stories in that setting over a decade after the release of the original title says a lot about how much people love the game.
I’ll keep you covered as more news on these titles (and possibly others) make their way into the headlines.