George Lucas has acquired a multibillion-dollar empire with his creation of Star Wars. The empire has reigned over various forms of media, claiming films, television series, books and even video games as part of its domain. Recently, the Star Wars-themed video games by LucasArts have proven to be extremely successful.
At this year’s E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) in California, a sneak peek for the highly anticipated Star Wars: Battlefront 3 was released. The title is the third installment of the widely popular Star Wars: Battlefront series of video games previously released for platforms such as the original Xbox and Playstation 2. The Battlefront series reflects a shooter-style capture-the-flag-based gameplay where players visit various locations from the Star Wars universe and play as familiar heroes and villains such as Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader. Players also take control of and command the many types of soldiers within the Star Wars universe, like stormtroopers and battle droids for example.
Though a specific release date has not been stated, this next game can be expected to become available around the end of 2015 or the beginning of 2016. The footage of Battlefront 3 did not specify which gaming consoles the title would be released for, but from seeing the quality of the gameplay footage, and considering the fact that it could be years before this game is made available, the game will most likely be released for next-generation consoles like the Playstation 4 and the Xbox One.
The Star Wars universe was derived from the mind of George Lucas, but creators that provide their own original content in the video games have an excellent knack for storytelling. Since the 80’s, Star Wars video games have been a huge part of the gaming world, particularly in America. Notable titles include the aforementioned Battlefront series, the family-friendly titles of the LEGO Star Wars saga, the darker series following the secret apprentice of Darth Vader in The Force Unleashed, and the immensely successful Knights of the Old Republic titles.
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is an action-packed RPG (role-playing game) series that is based thousands of years before the events that transpired in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace – the title that falls chronologically first in Lucas’s series of live-action feature films. The series includes the first game, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic for the original Xbox, its direct sequel, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II – The Sith Lords also for the Xbox, and the recently released massive-multi-player online PC game Star Wars: The Old Republic.
The popularity of the series most likely derives from the incredible customization choices players have when creating their character. Not only are the character’s physical features chosen by the players, their powers and strengths are determined by the gamers as well. The super-interactive storyline will change depending on the choices players make in the game with their character, which also allows them to influence the other computer-generated characters involved in the game.
George Lucas’s vivid imagining of Star Wars has lent itself over very well to the world of video games. The universe Lucas has created has given millions of people a fantastical haven to escape to and has inspired the minds of many other storytellers. The video games based on the world of Star Wars have been a huge success and it looks like that success rate is only destined to go up from here.
By Cody Collier