All Star Wars games, comics, novels and expanded media have been slated as non-canon by Lucasfilm.

Lucasfilm announced in a newly published statement it has  made the decision that the only products in the Star Wars Universe that should be considered canon are the six films and The Clone Wars TV Show.

This is a huge blow to fans of the Star Wars universe and all the things that go with it. This means that some of the most popular content to grace the world no longer means anything as far as being connected through the Star Wars universe. This includes the widely renowned Knights of the Old Republic series by Bioware.

“While Lucasfilm always strived to keep the stories created for the expanded universe consistent with our film and television content as well as internally consistent, Lucas always made it clear that he was not beholden to the EU. He set the films he created as the canon,” –  Official Star Wars Blog

This would be fine, but when you have an Extended Universe with the amount of traction and people behind it, you kind of need to be beholden to it on some level.

“We’re set to bring Star Wars back to the big screen, and continue the adventure through games, books, comics, and new formats that are just emerging. This future of interconnected storytelling will allow fans to explore this galaxy in deeper ways than ever before.” Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy

Lucasfilm will be making new games, books and comics which will all tie-in with the universe and be canon. However, why would you discount years of extended universe content to just go on and make new content in the guise of exploring the universe and its inhabitants even further? One of the most popular role-playing games of all time, KotOR, is no longer a canon title. This means it’s merely a sci-fi game that has similar attributes to the Star Wars movies. The announcement also brings in to question their other popular title Star Wars BattleFront II which now with no canon is really is just a Call of Duty-esque  shooter with Stormtroopers and Jedi thrown in. These games are only examples of many ex-Star Wars titles such as the Force Unleashed series among others.

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The  on-going Massively Multiplayer Online title Star Wars: The Old Republic could be effected the most. Essentially the announcement should mean that new content created for the game is also un-canon or things are going to get very confusing very quickly. However, it’s possible this news could spell the end for the only sort of successful SWTOR title that in under a year had to switch to a Free-to-Play model because of little success.

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This is a major blow to both the gaming and Star Wars communities but maybe we can look forward to the new things Lucasfilm has to offer and maybe, just maybe they’ll be worth the struggle.

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8 Responses

  1. Joseph Di Rienzo

    And the mouse eared death star has struck. Way to alienate the fans that kept the blasted IP alive and thriving as a media goldmine . I know some fans will still buy your new clone world just to get their fix. I know I won’t be one of them, I’ll just sit here with the world I grew up on and love. Have fun trying to reengage people, see you in a few years when you change your mind and beg us true fans to come back by using the EU like you should have in the first place.

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    • Kyle

      Yeah, I don’t understand why they’d do this. So everything prior to the Disney take-over means nothing, but everything Disney releases from now on is canon and we never have to worry about this again? Soon they’ll say everything we said before that wasn’t canon is and everything that’s canon now isn’t canon anymore.

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      • Joseph Di Rienzo

        It’s a sad sign of the entertainment business. The know the instant they mention ANYTHING from the current EU that the purse strings get loosened and they loose a few pennies. Look at what they’ve been doing with Marvel, the instant ANY contract comes due they grab the IP as fast as they can just so they can control it rather than going ” Hey, your time ran out this time around, give us $X and u can keep it a lil longer, see what you can come up with.” They’re basically doing to the whole franchise what they’ve already done to Lucasarts, goring it to the core and praying they can dress it up like it used to look.

  2. Aleshia Brandon

    This decision is why I hate that Lucas sold Lucasfilm to Disney a little more every day. I’ve spent more than 20 years loving the EU, especially KOTOR and Mara Jade. To make those non-canon is especially stupid because of the huge fanbase characters like Mara Jade and Darth Revan have within the SW fandom.

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    • Kyle

      Darth Revan is one of my favorite characters from the EU and seeing that he’ll be gone makes me really upset. I can’t seem to understand why they did this and what’s more is saying that there will be more new canon content coming. Now we’ll always have to worry that what they’re calling canon now might not be canon later down the road.

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      • Aleshia Brandon

        Mara Jade, Darth Revan and Bastila Shan are my favorite Star Wars characters ever and now none of them are canon. I wonder how long it will take them to change their minds. This makes me want to have nothing to do with the new movies and just live on in the happy place that is George’s movies and the EU and say frak Disney’s version of Star Wars.

      • Kyle

        Yeah, if Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford weren’t coming back I probably would have written off Disney’s version of Star Wars after this. I only want to stick around now, because I can’t resist seeing Mark Hamill take up the role again.

      • Aleshia Brandon

        This has pretty much killed my interest in anything Star Wars Disney releases as long as Mara Jade isn’t canon.

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