For a franchise that started in the 1970s, Star Wars sure is doing well in 2016. Thanks to its acquisition by Disney and the steady stream of new Star Wars movies, fans have plenty of content heading their way in the coming years. But it’s not just movies fans of Wookies and Jedi have to look forward to. A handful of major Star Wars video games are also in the works. Here are the biggest ones, along with everything we know about them so far.
1. Star Wars Battlefront 2
Since the online shooter Star Wars Battlefront came out in 2015, Electronic Arts says it has sold a lot of copies. Like, a lot of copies — 14 million as of May 2016. To capitalize on that success, EA has multiple sequels in the works, the first of which is expected to launch in 2017.
While we don’t know much about this game, EA chief financial officer Blake Jorgensen said during a financial call that it would have “bigger and better worlds,” including content from the new movies, something the original game lacked.
My main hope is that it has a campaign to satisfy people who aren’t interested in online shooters, but the success of the campaign-less original probably means it won’t. Thankfully, EA also has a couple of other Star Wars games in the works, both of which will almost certainly have campaigns.
2. Visceral’s Star Wars game
There are two very good reasons to be excited about the Star Wars game being made by EA developer Visceral. One is that it’s being helmed by Amy Hennig, the mastermind behind the excellent Uncharted series.
The other is that it’s being made by Visceral, the makers of the fantastic horror series Dead Space. While Star Wars obviously isn’t horror, it’s clear to anyone who played Dead Space or the more recent Battlefield Hardline that this is a team that can make a great game. Putting one of the best writer/directors in the business (Hennig) at the head of a fantastic developer (Visceral) sounds like a recipe for success. Look for this game sometime in 2018, with details presumably coming much sooner.
3. Respawn’s Star Wars game
In addition to Visceral’s Star Wars game, EA announced that it has yet another Star Wars game in the works. According to the press release, this one is “an all-new 3rd person action adventure game set in the Star Wars universe.”
It’s being made by EA and Titanfall developer Respawn Entertainment, and helmed by God of War 3 director Stig Asmussen. Judging by that how good both of those games were, there’s plenty of reason to be optimistic about the upcoming Star Wars game.
Unfortunately, it sounds like development on this one is just starting, because the press release calls for people to apply for a job if they want to work on it. Still, an action-packed Star Wars game made by incredibly talented people is an exciting prospect.
4. LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Since there have been roughly 10,000 LEGO games and they’re all pretty similar, it’s safe to assume we know what to expect from LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens. But that doesn’t mean it’ll be bad when it launches on June 28. Expect to explore a blocky version of the Star Wars galaxy, breaking things and building things as you hit all the major plot points of Episode VII.
But because LEGO games are often based on entire trilogies and tend to move fast, the developers promise a number of extra levels and exclusive content in this one. In case you haven’t played a LEGO game before, the trailer above gives you an idea of how it goes.