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.

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