Lucasfilm Games made a major splash revealing that they will be the identity for all Lucasfilm gaming titles, and that they will begin to collaborate with other game developers now that their exclusivity contract with EA is expiring. This is a huge deal for Star Wars fans, since it might hint at the revival of classic Star Wars games. It also gives Lucasfilm Games a huge runway for development of their current and upcoming titles, like The Mandalorian.
While only an Indiana Jones video game teaser and a Ubisoft open world game announcement have been made, we put together a list of of some of the best current Star Wars games you can play in 2021.
Star Wars: Squadrons
With Squadrons, Star Wars went back to its roots of dogfighting space battles like Star Wars: Rogue Squadron or Star Wars: X-Wing Alliance. While the premise of dogfighting remains the same, it’s the fluidity of combat, tactics, game mechanics, and art direction that has elevated Star Wars: Squadrons past its predecessors, and warrant its existence even though Star Wars: Battlefront 2 has dogfighting game modes within it.
With its single player and multiplayer game modes, there’s something for everyone- whether you’re all about story driven experiences, or you’re a competitive players looking to stake their claim as the best pilot in the galaxy. Star Wars: Squadrons is a fresh new title in the Star Wars games scene, and should pump more content throughout 2021.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
If you’ve been craving original Star Wars content outside of The Mandalorian, you should play Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. This 3rd person action-adventure RPG explored the story of a Jedi Padawan in hiding after the events of Order 66. The main character, Cal Kestis – played by Cameron Monaghan of Shameless and Gotham fame – is put on a quest to help rebuild the Jedi Order, master his force abilities, learn about his and the Jedi’s past, all while fighting and evading the Empire’s Inquisitors that pursue him.
This might have been the game that brought balance to the Star Wars video game universe. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is a success no matter how you look at it. There are few flaws to this original Star Wars story. This now-classic Star Wars video game is also on next-gen consoles for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S.
Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes
There is no bigger melting pot for previously existing Star Wars characters in a game than Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes. This game brings icons like Luke Skywalker to potentially team up with characters like Darth and/or Jedi Knight Revan, Darth Maul, Mace Windu, or Jango Fett. The combinations and possibilities are endless, bringing theorycrafters a challenge to form the best possible squads in PvP or PvE game modes.
While this mobile title has had its share of polarizing moments over the years, it seems to have rallied with some technical upgrades and an injection of fresh Star Wars shows and future games to draw content from.
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (Mobile)
For those unaware, KOTOR 1 & 2 have been recently brought over to mobile for players to enjoy on the go. Despite being on a mobile platform, the full games are playable, leaving players with the full experience they had almost 20 years ago. You can play through the Mandalorian Wars, Star Forge, and Sith Triumvirate all over again.
The Lucasfilm Games announcement certainly added fuel to the Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic hype train. The elusive Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 3 is the Star Wars equivalent of Half Life fans’ enduring hope for a number 3. While nothing has been announced, one can hope that the cancelled game can be revived, especially considering the popularity of the first two titles.