George Lucas and LucasArts Robbed Us of More Great Star Wars Games Than We Initially Thought

Wednesday, 17 August 2016 - 12:48PM
Star Wars
Wednesday, 17 August 2016 - 12:48PM
George Lucas and LucasArts Robbed Us of More Great Star Wars Games Than We Initially Thought
Star Wars fans have all gone through the many stages of mourning needed to get over the fact that we may never get certain promising Star Wars games, such as Star Wars: 1313, and that awesome Darth Maul gamebut did you know there were even more potentially brilliant Star Wars games than we initially thought? According to a new video from DidYouKnowGamingwe were robbed of two brilliant Star Wars gaming prospects from back in the old LucasArts Gamecube days, and a few more during the Wii era and beyond.

Video game researcher (best job ever), Liam Robertson, kicks off by discussing a classic piece of gaming 'what could have been' that many of you might know of already, namely the remastered and multiplayer versions of Nintendo's brilliant Rogue Squadron series. The plan was to expand and remaster the Rogue Squadron trilogy for the more powerful Xbox machine, adding in a mouthwatering Xbox Live online multiplayer mode. Though it reached deep stages of development, the project was unexpectedly canceled. Sure, this was a painful missed opportunity, but it's what the video reveals next that will really irk Rogue Squadron fans.

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Robertson, Factor 5 were looking to capitalize on the success of their Rogue Squadron series by, you guessed it, coming up with a new idea to continue the Rogue Squadron series....kind of. What Factor 5 proposed was a a game titled Star Wars: Dark Squadron, which expanded the bonus 'Triumph of the Empire' missions which allowed players to take control of Imperial spacecraft in an attempt to quash the Rebel Alliance.



Dark Squadron would have expanded on the 'what if' premise of those Imperial missions by allowing players to see what would have happened if the Empire had managed to prevent the Rebel Alliance from destroying the Death Star. As well as switching out Rebels for Imperials and making Darth Vader the main playable character, Dark Squadron would have massively expanded the strategy elements of previous games in the series, allowing players to purchase different weapons and units such as Star Destroyers, AT-ATs and orbital strikes, to bolster your fleet.

Unfortunately, Dark Squadron never came to fruition. Instead, it was forced to battle it out for funding with another Star Wars video game proposal that was floating around at the time. The competing game proposal came in the form of an action adventure title that would see users taking control of the famous Wookiee, Chewbacca, in an array of combat situations. Sound awesome to you? Of course it does, but just wait until you hear about the setting and premise. The proposed Chewie game would have been set in the time between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. This was a time when Chewie had moved on from being a Kashyyyk warrior, but hadn't quite taken up the smuggler's life with Han Solo. It was a time when Chewbacca was a Bounty Hunter. Yes, we almost got a game where we could control Chewbacca rampaging through the galaxy as he ripped arms and collected bounties. I say almost, because weirdly, this would be a battle that both the Dark Squadron title and Chewbacca title would ultimately lose.

After the Chewbacca game was greenlit, LucasArts experienced a change of leadership which started to shake up some of the ailing studio's projects. While the Chewbacca game wasn't caught up in the same initial crossfire as Factor 5's planned remastering of the Rogue Squadron trilogy, it was ultimately shot down at the highest level by Mr. George Lucas himself. With an attitude that wouldn't have looked out of place in the upper echelons of the Empire, Lucas didn't believe Chewbacca should lead his own title, and the project was ultimately scrapped.

As painful as this is to hear, Robertson goes on to tell us that the Chewbacca title was ultimately replaced by the Force Unleashed game, which went on to be pretty damn good. But, because we Star Wars fans are greedy and eternally unsatisfied bunch, we're still going to feel very hard done by at hearing these revelations. There's tons more research packed into this video, and I thoroughly suggest you spend some time to watch the entire thing below.



 
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