Star Wars seems like a franchise greatly suited for the genre of real-time strategy (RTS), but there hasn’t been a console RTS game tied to the franchise since Empire At War from Petroglyph Games (alongside its expansion pack, Forces of Corruption) back in 2006. But there might just be a future for the series.
There have been talks of a reboot of the video game franchise since 2019, when one of the developers told a fan that Electronic Arts was interested in potentially producing a new game in the series with Petroglyph. Now, nearly three years later, another fan has asked a similar question – and although it seems that the possibility of a new game in the series is dependent on a handful of factors regarding the schedules of both companies, the door for a sequel may be open if Petroglyph and Lucasfilm Games can commit to something together.
Here’s a transcript of the conversation between u/Kartoffelaffe and Ted Morris:
Q: Hi Ted! I hope you and the team over at Petroglyph are doing well, and everyone had a good festive season. It’s been a while, so I come bearing my annual question on behalf of the [Empire At War] community: has EA or Lucasfilm Games shown any interest for Petroglyph to make a sequel (or remaster) of our favorite RTS game, Star Wars: Empire At War? Thanks again for your time again. I’ve been loving playing EAW on Steam! Kind regards, Jake.
A: Hi Jake. The short answer is yes, but the more difficult problem is when. They are interested, but their plate is full and so we are in a holding pattern at the moment. Plus, our schedule is also pretty full at this exact moment, but at some point our current project will get wrapped and we’ll be pestering [Lucasfilm Games] (or Disney) even more frequently to get something started, again. Take care, Ted.
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The developers have noticed the enduring popularity of their original game, its expansion, and the extensive game-modding community that expands the scope of what the original titles, and provided a patch update fifteen years after the game originally came out. Whether we’ll see a new, official title in the series remains to be seen, but for now, we’ve got some hope that the stars will align and this franchise will explore the realm of RTS gameplay once more.
Star Wars: Empire at War is available to purchase for Microsoft Windows and Apple Macintosh.