Since the early 90s gamers have been clamoring for sequels to nearly every Star Wars title under the sun. Games like Rebel Assault, X-Wing Alliance, and Battlefront have all been rumored to be getting the reboot or sequel treatment, but alas none of those highly anticipated projects have ever made it out of the “what if” phase.
So it’s with a cautious mind that we bring the news of another trademark registration by LucasFilm (parent company to LucasArts), this one for something called ‘First Assault.’
Fusible broke the news about two trademark applications from LucasFilm, one for First Assault and one for Star Wars: First Assault, which would be used in connection with some form of online service, namely a video game.
The obvious place Star Wars fans’ minds will jump is to Rebel Assault, the 1993 CD Rom game from LucasArts, but that isn’t necessarily a given. Yes, it’s been quite some time since LucasArts has placed gamers in the cockpit of an X-Wing or Tie Fighter, but there must be a good reason those titles exist only in our memory now.
Another theory being tossed around is that First Assault will be a sequel to Star Wars: Republic Commando, the tactical first person shooter from 2005. The popularity of Call of Duty and Battlefield has made the FPS genre as viable as its ever going to be, so if LucasArts wants to strike now there’s no better time.
There are so many different scenarios that could play out with this First Assault trademark, including LucasArts not announcing a game at all. However, the last time they registered such a trademark it ended up being for something called Star Wars 1313, and we all know how that turned out.
Actually, Star Wars 1313‘s untapped potential makes us hopeful that First Assault will be something completely unexpected — a new IP set within the Star Wars universe. There are tons of titles that we’d like to see reborn for the next-gen, but those games have become a part of our collective nostalgia, and have equal likelihood of being terrible. A new game, on the other hand, has promise, and if it’s bad we can just blame George Lucas.
What do you think Star Wars: First Assault will end up being? Would you prefer it reboot one of LucasArts’ past titles or be a completely new IP?