AN OLD HOPE
The latest changes to the Star Wars expanded universe have stranded ongoing MMOG Star Wars: The Old Republic in its own pocket galaxy. The KOTOR setting now falls under the ‘Legends’ brand, separate from the cinematic canon. This grants Bio Ware more freedom of movement, but also confuses an already-confusing offering. Sold on story but now officially unofficial, the game’s forthcoming expansion Knights Of The Fallen
Empire promises new, episodic Star Wars – but not the same Star Wars as players will see in the cinema. As important as novelty is to Star Wars, this universe has always drawn strength from the contribution that each new idea has made to the whole. Splitting up the fiction in this way is a manoeuvre borrowed from the comic-book industry, designed to make the core franchise more accessible – but whether it’s effective in this case remains to be seen. Taken in isolation, Fallen
Empire risks looking like fan fiction.