Lucasfilm confirms all future Star Wars content to be canon, including the games

Lucasfilm announces its plans for handling the Expanded Universe.

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In an announcement today, Lucasfilm clarified its approach to the Star Wars canon as we approach the launch of the next trilogy of films. The stories told in the Expanded Universe--which consists of games, books, comics, and so on--has always been considered non-canon, distinguishing it from the main content found in the six movies and the animated Clone Wars series. While elements of the EU have found their way into the main series, series creator George Lucas has made it clear in the past that his works would not be stuck abiding by anything in the EU.

Now, in the wake of The Walt Disney Company's acquisition of Lucasfilm in 2012, changes are being made. With the help of a new story group that will oversee "all Star Wars creative development," today's announcement states that "all aspects of Star Wars storytelling moving forward will be connected."

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That means that all Star Wars media released in the future will be part of the official canon, which will continue to disregard anything in the existing EU. New novels from Del Rey Books, as well as the upcoming Star Wars Rebels TV animated series, will be among the first releases to tell new canonical stories. "While the universe that readers knew is changing, it is not being discarded. Creators of new Star Wars entertainment have full access to the rich content of the Expanded Universe."

A Lucasfilm representative confirmed to GameSpot that future game releases will also be canonical. This includes DICE's Battlefront and Visceral's new Star Wars game being written by former Naughty Dog creative director Amy Hennig and Uncharted actor Todd Stashwick. Both games are being published by Electronic Arts, which signed a multiyear deal to produce Star Wars video games in 2013.

The recent delay of the latest expansion for another EA title, Star Wars: The Old Republic, is unrelated to today's announcement. The Lucasfilm rep told GameSpot, "[A]s far as The Old Republic MMO is concerned, nothing is going to change. [TOR] has always been a part of the Expanded Universe, and that's not going to change."

What do you make of these changes to the franchise? Are there any parts of the Expanded Universe you wish were considered canon? Let us know in the comments.

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Alex4789123

KOTOR is cannon to me. They're better than any of the movies ever were.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> What about Jedi Knight? That trilogy was expanded universe as well, and Jedi Outcast I'd say is right up there with KOTOR in my book.

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DeanoFantasy

<< LINK REMOVED >> I agree, best Star Wars game to date that

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libbi68

I think KOTOR and SWTOR could make for some great movies and what not regardless if they are cannon or not, they can still make them, and they will still be awesome. Plus they take place thousands of years before the original movies anyway so who cares if it is considered cannon or not?

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lsq86

What does being "canon" Means ?? could someone explain this please?

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Simulator_Shock

<< LINK REMOVED >> Canon means it's officially part of the story.

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JRD1912

Oh god yes! Please tell me the Ewoks have risen to power and over thrown the Empire with for elite force of Ewok Jedi! Darth Wicket will crush them all!


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Zombies101

Don't really know why they would have to burn anything pre-RotJ.

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Unraed

<< LINK REMOVED >> Partly because that Clone Wars series made a mess of the Clone Wars canon. In addition, I'm sure they want to make whatever movies they can in the future -- so burn it all!

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RitterXplode

I don't even know what being "canon" means.

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nomadsalt

<< LINK REMOVED >> "a collection accepted as genuine"

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twisted_sith

I thought GL gave the okay for Force Unleashed to be cannon?

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Henninger

<< LINK REMOVED >> He did. I remember that as well.

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Anamon

So whatever spam and insults some teenager will blare out in future Star Wars MMOGs will become canon? Brilliant!

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DrWhoIsCool

This is confusing...

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donkey0007

What so The Old Republic Era is not canon?


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texasgoldrush

<< LINK REMOVED >> It probably gets canonized due to "future content", TOR is still running and a new storyline is coming.

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pboontap

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thats what i was wondering myself. thought kotor 1+2 and tor were all considered canon, and had been for a while.

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spacecadet25

All 6 movies are canon? Whoops, they just blew their chance to disavow the Phantom Menace movie.

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spacecadet25

I didn't realize Star Wars stuff that came out (besides fan fiction) wasn't all canon. These companies had to pay for the Star Wars license, didn't the licensing process include making sure those stories were consistent with the Star Wars universe?

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alwesc

@spacecadet25 The license exists just so publishers know where to send the royalty checks. They could care less about content.

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The-Techspert

<< LINK REMOVED >> I dont think they really cared whether it was canon or not. I mean, there are probably like....5 people in total who wouldnt play a star wars game solely for the reason that it was not canon. They paid to be able to leverage the existing universe and its immense widespread appeal, not to have their game become part of the "bible".

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SavinRyan

I initially felt a little let down reading this, but I was thinking. Since the Clone Wars is canon that means delta squad is canon and that's awesome.

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finaleve

And here I was hoping that Dash Rendar might be relevant in the sequels...

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thecatsix

Does this mean that Star Wars game where Storm Troopers are dancing to disco is not canon?!

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spacecadet25

<< LINK REMOVED >> I don't see why they couldn't do that, they are still people.

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vadagar1

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >>they are clones and no they dont dance

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MJV1989

If the sequel trilogy ends up sucking I don't care... But if it's really good and for some messed up reason they're going to tell important stuff in games and then expect you to know that shit when watching for example Episode VIII, I'll be so pissed! They'd have to be really stupid to **** up like that, but you never know...

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mrsparkle8549

EU > Episodes I-VI

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DarkSaber2k

I feel a great disturbance in the force....

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Brakkyn

I have nothing significantly poignant or constructive to contribute to this conversation.

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Hayasmez

After finding out that Palpatine pretty much only did anything because he had a hard on for the Old Republic era,I welcome this change.

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June-GS

Parts I wish were considered canon? Hmm, I may be a bit on the fence with the Expanded Universe comics and games (& TV series), but when it comes to the EU novels? Wow. 90% of them simply cannot be missed by a true Fan. From the Clone Wars to the New Republic and the Jedi Academy, to Thrawn to the Yuuzhan Vong Wars and even beyond. They are simply Classics. Well, there are mediocre works every now and then, of course. But those are the rare exceptions, rather than the rule.

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Nightelf123

in my opinion TFU shouldn't be canon because in this series starkiller(Galan marek) is a super hero jedi.

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Hurvl

The EU, much like the European Union, is quite fractured and diverse, for good or worse. Sometimes, parts of it clashes with other parts and it's hard to find a resolution that acknowledges both parties' claims. Since fiction is not reality, you can simply appoint a group that has power, unlimited POWER!!! to make everything fit in and become canon. I think it's good to have a Unifying Force, so that we don't get Remnants that feels malplaced. There will of course be voices crying out in terror whenever this group does something, but it's hard to say whether anarchy or a dictatorship is the best way to go.

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Zombies101

<< LINK REMOVED >> That was great

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June-GS

<< LINK REMOVED >> Heh. I don't know about the others, but I see what you did there.

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Beniboybling

Finally, a non-biased article that actually understands what's going on

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Rayzakk

As long as we get canon dancing Lando and Han I think the franchise is in good hands har har har.