Disney and Marvel have announced a major showcase to be held on September 9th, where we can expect to see details and reveals for Marvel’s Midnight Suns, Disney Dreamlight Valley, and an unannounced Marvel title (presumably for VR) from Skydance Media, creators of The Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners.
To me, however, the most exciting title listed was LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, the only one mentioned that has already been released. Seeing as how the game already launched in April for all major platforms and has already seen two waves of character pack DLC, my excitement has skyrocketed at the prospect of larger expansion content for the game.
The Skywalker Saga covers the nine main films in the Star Wars franchise, which obviously accounts for a massive amount of content. This isn’t even counting the dozens of explorable planets and hundreds upon hundreds of collectible golden bricks to seek out. Still, while this may be the definitive adaptation of the nine major films…
Star Wars is a lot more than just nine movies.
For starters, there are two spin-off films that are only represented by DLC character packs, Solo and Rogue One, in addition to several TV shows such as The Mandalorian and The Bad Batch. Even beyond that, though, in currently-established canon, there’s still a galaxy of Star Wars stories left unaccounted for. Even if we do only get character packs, there’s much left to add to this already-enormous game.
Here are a few options that I think are either likely or completely certain, followed by some that I would be delightfully surprised by.
Almost Certain: Obi-Wan
The most recent addition to the franchise as of this writing, this highly-anticipated Disney+ miniseries may not have pleased every fan in the galaxy, but at this point, nothing really could. The community has been desperate to see Ewan McGregor return as the title character since he departed at the end of Episode III, and though the show had some unexpected elements, it still at least gave us a look at what old Ben had been doing in all that time. If all we get is another wave of character packs for LEGO Star Wars, I would heavily expect to see this show receive one, as well as…
Almost Certain: The Book of Boba Fett
The other recent and divisive mini-series, The Book of Boba Fett, brought back another fan-favorite character from the dead in a method predicted almost to the letter by Patton Oswalt on Parks and Recreation. Despite also having…issues, I would be really surprised if we didn’t get a set of playable characters from Boba Fett at the very least.
Likely: The Clone Wars
Half a decade after LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy, Traveller’s Tales released the third title in the series based on the in-progress Clone Wars television show, as well as a few original side-stories.
Although Clone Wars went on to many more seasons afterward, the show is remarkably under-represented in The Skywalker Saga – while Commander Cody is present and accounted for, Ahsoka Tano wouldn’t be in the game at all until the Mandalorian Season 2 character pack was released. There’s a lot of show to cover, even more, if you include The Bad Batch, but it would be really awesome to have a real story expansion covering the highlights of this epic tale.
Somewhat Likely: Rebels and also Ahsoka
Rebels is one of the younger-skewing stories in the Star Wars franchise. Taking place about five years before the original trilogy, it tells the story of the beginnings of the Rebel Alliance from the perspective of teenage con artist-turned-Jedi-trainee Ezra Bridger. Though it ended in 2018, many of its characters are set to make live-action debuts in the upcoming Ahsoka Disney+ show coming in 2023, so they’re potentially even more relevant now than ever. If Disney is looking ahead, we’ll probably see them represented in LEGO Star Wars.
What I Really Want, But Unlikely: The High Republic
For those who haven’t been paying attention to the literary side of the Star Wars universe, The High Republic is a multimedia project spearheaded by some of the Expanded Universe’s most talented writers. Set about two hundred years before The Phantom Menace, this series tells stories of a time long past when the Jedi were at the height of both their power and use, and the Republic was expanding into the Outer Rim.
Set to receive at least one Disney+ television show (Acolyte) but already comprised of books for every age group under the sun, it would be huge to see The High Republic pushed into the spotlight by getting an expansion for one of the best-selling games of the year thus far. (The big pipe dream, of course, would be seeing this series get its own LEGO Star Wars title, but, one step at a time.)
Another show skewed towards younger audiences, Resistance, was pretty clearly intended to be a replacement for Rebels, debuting only about half a year after that show ended. Despite getting solid reviews – and getting Oscar Isaac to reprise the role of Poe Dameron on the small screen – Resistance is set during the sequel trilogy, an era of Star Wars that Disney seems eager to leave behind now that the final film is out. This one’s probably not getting an acknowledgment.
Unlikely: The Expanded Universe
Despite having been fully reset in 2014 at the request of both George Lucas and new IP holder Disney, the currently-canon Expanded Universe holds a vast array of stories for varying age groups (and of varying quality). However, despite many of the books being clearly written as though they would someday be adapted to visual media and Disney’s push for these books to be taken more seriously as they are all equally as canonical as the movies…there’s simply too much out there.
Though the books reference each other (and the films) somewhat frequently, the only nod the films have ever really given back to them is the presence of Temmin “Snap” Wexley from the Aftermath trilogy in Episode IX. And, spoiler alert, he was killed in the Battle of Exegol. It just seems unlikely that we’ll see more than, say, Thrawn represented in LEGO Star Wars.
Let it go, guys. You’ll always have these books to reread, but we have new mediocre books to groan about now, and Disney seems content not to touch any of the pre-reset Expanded Universe material outside of keeping the biggest ones in print. That being said, maybe check out LEGO Star Wars III.
If you missed it, check out our LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga review. The title is available for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Nintendo Switch, and PC.
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