With the purchase of George Lucas' entire suite of companies by Disney this year the once proud LucasArts studio was finally closed by the new parent company. While many a LucasArts fan lamented the closure of a studio that released some of the most highly regarded games, the closure was simply a numbers game. The studio hadn't been producing games for a while, and what they did do just wasn't working out. For a moment, fans were very nervous that their legacy games, titles like Knights of The Old Republic, Republic Commando, Tie Fighter, and Battlefront would never see another sequel despite the very vocal group holding onto hope.
|You got your Star Wars all up in my Battlefield, and I am totally okay with it.|
Despite recently laying off a number of employees in the company, EA opened a new office for their DICE studios in Los Angeles recently. The office's task is to recruit talent for the upcoming line of new Star Wars games that the company is planning. Plans which could include new versions and sequels to some of the beloved past franchises which have been dead in the water for years.
|Please make my dreams come true EA, make a third one of these.|
"are looking at either creating an entirely new experience or piggybacking on an older Star Wars game series".
Many fans of the past games are probably wanting a piggyback more than ever. Especially in the case of the Star Wars: Battlefront series, an incredibly popular multiplayer shooter with vehicular combat, much like the main game series DICE develops right now, Battlefield. The two games are similar with one being about modern soldiers and vehicles, while the other is about Star Wars soldiers and vehicles. A new Battlefront game developed by DICE is a fan's dream come true, speaking as a fan myself of both franchises.
|People will sell their baby for another one of these...|
|...and they will double up for their soul for a sequel to this.|
As stated above, there is a deep catalog of Star Wars games that fans have been passionate about, patiently waiting years, sometimes now over a decade for a sequel no matter how slim the odds. If EA were to even revive a few of these titles, they would not only raise a bunch of hype, but generate some genuine goodwill toward their company, an organization that for the second year in a row was voted "Worst Company In America."
It is simple EA, give Star Wars nerds what they want, and they will love you.
The Star Wars brand will always continue to have fans, especially in the video games arena. So many incredible and varied games have been made around the ever expanding universe of films. From multiplayer online shooters, to MMOs , to RPGs, even to flight sims. In the stagnation of LucasArts, it has been a while since fans have had more than one Star Wars game to play in a span of years. With the announcement of another 3 movies to be made under the brand, the time is now for the games to follow suit.