Clearly, someone over at Lucasfilm hates The Old Republic.
The Old Republic era of Star Wars, spanning three to four thousands years before the events of the original trilogy, has always been a beloved setting for fans of the franchise. However, despite its popularity, Lucasfilm continues to avoid supporting this period of Star Wars, much to the frustration of fans with no new projects or announcements outside of The Old Republic MMO. Star Wars Celebration 2023 has wrapped up and there was barely any reference or mention of The Old Republic among the avalanche of announced Star Wars projects. Just a simple logo for it on the timeline and nothing else.
Granted, I know there is James Mangold’s film project that was announced, Dawn of the Jedi, but that takes place around 25,000 years before A New Hope. But this is going way, way, WAY too far back for this era. The Old Republic is around 3,000 to 4,000 years before A New Hope. We got three films announced that advance the Star Wars timeline in different directions, but the silence surrounding “TOR” at this point is deafening. Why is that exactly? Well there can be a couple of reasons.
One reason for this lack of acknowledgement may be due to the fact that the Old Republic era is heavily tied to the Star Wars Legends continuity, which was deemed non-canon by Lucasfilm. While elements of Legends have been incorporated into the new canon, such as the character of Thrawn and the planet of Mandalore, the Old Republic era remains largely untouched.
Another reason may be that Lucasfilm is simply focusing on other areas of the Star Wars universe. In recent years, they have released a number of films and television shows set during the original trilogy era, including The Mandalorian and Rogue One. With so much content being produced, it’s possible that Lucasfilm simply doesn’t have the resources to explore the Old Republic era at this time.
But then again they went out of their way to create an entirely new timeline with The High Republic (set about 200 years before A New Hope) which is supported by comic books, novels, a game on the way, and a new kid’s show. It would have been probably easier to just focus those resources on TOR.
However, fans of the Old Republic era, such as myself, remain hopeful that Lucasfilm will eventually acknowledge this period of Star Wars. In fact, there have been a number of hints and nods to the era in recent years.
For example, in the novel Master and Apprentice by Claudia Gray, a character makes reference to a “Great Scourge of Malachor,” which is a direct reference to events that occurred during the Old Republic era. Not to mention that the Malachor system was introduced in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II. Additionally, Darth Revan, a central character in the first KOTOR, is mentioned canonically in Pablo Hidalgo’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary where it is stated that one of the sith trooper squads is named after Revan himself.
Furthermore, it is impossible to ignore the ongoing massively popular MMORPG Star Wars: The Old Republic, developed and maintained by Electronic Arts. While the game is not considered part of the canon timeline it has received numerous story expansions and updates well after the reset of the Star Wars canon.
The online game has generated close to $1 Billion in revenue back in 2019 (when the last data was available) and has most likely surpassed that since then! There is money to be made here and they are kind of just leaving it on the table. Think about all the fans out there who absolutely adore Revan. There is a KOTOR remake on the backburner now, but there is definitely interest in the property still!
Much like Anakin’s feelings of not being granted the rank of Master, I too feel that Lucasfilm avoiding TOR is “Outrageous and unfair. How can you be part of the franchise and not be canon?!” Do you feel disappointed and slighted by this as well? Maybe I’m just making a mountain out of a molehill and the Old Republic era is just not important to the franchise’s future? Sound off in the comment section below. Be sure to subscribe to Geek News Now here. As always, stay geeky out there!