Remember when Star Wars was awesome and universally loved? The prequel trilogy started to change that, made worse by the push towards the kids-centric Clone Wars movie, animated TV series and video games. The latest video game offerings didn’t do much to help, with theÂ Star Wars: Galaxies MMO taking a dive after an unwelcome revamp and the Force Unleashed series quickly meeting its end with its second installment.
The two big Star Wars games LucasArts will be showing off at E3 this year, The Old Republic and Star Wars Kinect, were both at the event last year in some capacity and neither were developed in-house. That would mean they have nothing new to show on the Star Wars frontand nothing developed themselves, unless of course, there is a surprise Star Wars game announcement… Star Wars: Battlefront III anyone?
LucasArts President Paul Meegan chatted with MCV briefly about the Star Wars brand in gaming and how the general perception of LucasArts isn’t too hot.
â€œLucasArts is a company with tremendous potential. I think people look at it and wonder why it hasnâ€™t done better in recent years… Lucasfilm has some of the most beloved and powerful brands in entertainment, we have a loyal community of fans, and talented people in every discipline. Weâ€™re surrounded by staggeringly bright and creative people at the top of their games.”
Where are the games, Paul?
â€œIn recent years, LucasArts hasnâ€™t always done a good job of making games. We should be making games that define our medium, that are competitive with the best of our industry, but weâ€™re not. That has to change… Our priority is to create authentic, immersive, high quality Star Wars games.â€
After the failure of the Force Unleashed franchise, what will LucasArts do to bring Star Wars to the forefront of gaming? Star Wars: The Old Republic is poised to offer a legitimate competitor for World of Warcraft but outside of the MMO market, what do they have that can compete with the triple-A games of each genre?
Give us a new Rogue Squadron for Nintendo’s new console (not a remake), another X-Wing/Tie Fighter game for PC and the consoles, maybe even another Jedi Knight title. And yes, the long-rumoredÂ Star Wars: Battlefront 3 that can do what Battlefield 3 can do visually.
No more LEGO or Clone Wars games for the time being, please.
What Star Wars game would you love to play?
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