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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punksterdaddy

Canon, canon, canon, canonical, canon, canon!?!?

Almost everyday lately, I am hearing this word being used. e.g. "This is considered canon now."

Can someone please tell me what the hell it means? It sounds dumb as hell, but it makes me feel even dumbererer, because I seem to be the only one asking what the hell does it mean!? ;)

At least before I could just look past it, but after reading this monstrosity of an article, I've no choice but to finally ask.

Is this article trying to be stupid here, are they playing some in-office game, to try and see how many times they can fit this word CANON into one story?

You do know M. Night Shamalamadingdong did that with The Happening movie too? Yeah it wasn't clever when he did it either.

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DrWhoIsCool

@punksterdaddy I agree, they should have defined & explained it in the article. ( coming from someone who owns every single movie & game with the word star wars in it.-except jedi-knight)

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LightRukia

<< LINK REMOVED >> Canon just means it's relevant and part of the main story.

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Hurvl

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >>Yeah, if it's not canon it doesn't contradict anything that is considered "real" or an actual fact in this fictional world. Any fictional world that has many contributors and streches far and wide will have inconsistencies and the term canon is a tool to decrease them, by disregarding them as non-canon. There are loads of Frodo/Sam love story fan-fiction tales, but since none of them are canon, we can simply ignore them.

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punksterdaddy

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Ah thanks buddy. Much appreciated. :)

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MAGIC-KINECT

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"In << LINK REMOVED >>, canon is the material accepted as "official" in a << LINK REMOVED >>. It is often contrasted with, or used as the basis for, works of << LINK REMOVED >>. The term "canon" can be used either as a noun, referring to "the original work from which the fan fiction author borrows,"<< LINK REMOVED >> or as an adjective to describe whether or not certain elements are accepted as authoritative parts of the fictional universe.<< LINK REMOVED >> Fan-fiction would be described as "non-canon," while an event from the official source material would be "canon." The alternative term mythology is often used, especially to refer to a richly detailed fictional canon requiring a large degree of << LINK REMOVED >> (e.g. an entire imaginary world and history)."

Ohhh....so that's what it means. WTF?!


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MAGIC-KINECT

<< LINK REMOVED >> Like you, I have no fking clue what a "canon" is, except for Canon cameras etc.

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wasakawaka

Canon copiers as well.

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wasakawaka

I'd like to use a canon on the last three movies.

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jalisdaboss

<< LINK REMOVED >> , I would like for you to copulate yourself in the rectum with a cactus.

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RevLux

Now they just need to "demote" the prequels to non-canonical status and we can put another "serious" first world problem to bed...j/k

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StammBladecastr

If they just put Timothy Zahn in charge of everything, this wouldn't worry me as much. That won't happen, though. Soon, the cannon Star Wars universe will be far, far lamer than the expanded universe made by creative individuals over the last 35 years.

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June-GS

<< LINK REMOVED >> My thoughts exactly, good sir. In fact, I just said something about Thrawn above.

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brxricano

Star Wars cannons confirmed.

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Rayzakk

<< LINK REMOVED >> Fire the ion canon.

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TheLazyClown

So does this mean The Force Unleashed games are non canon? Because I've been waiting for a 3rd one for a long time now!

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Mario_VS_DK

<< LINK REMOVED >> Please no. The second was way to bad, I don't ever want to relive something like that again.

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diego_gil_1989

Kyle Katarn must be canon!!!

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Rafficus_III

Please just redo and make KotoR canon, Bioware and EA. And by redo, I mean just give it some updated graphics and combat. Don't even dare touch that story.

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Qixote

I had to google the context definition of "canon". Seriously, who ever uses that word like this? Why not just say "faithful", "conventional", "traditional"? I guess we are playing Scrabble and that's all they had in their hand.

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mdinger

<< LINK REMOVED >> If this is seriously the first time you have heard this word, you are either very young, or have a poor vocabulary.

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punksterdaddy

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Oh great, thank you very much. You've truly made my day. I was beginning to think I was the only one who was in the dark with this use of the word.

If only I hadn't posted my own ramblings before reading this, I wouldn't feel as foolish. Oh well, you live and learn.

Now if only the "Writer," of this gibberish nonsense could use a thesaurus or google, then the world would be a better place for all. ;)

Oh wait, he has Karl Pilkington as his avatar, forget what I said... GENIUS!

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Metallinatus

It is a very well known and highly used word in the anime's 'world'.... and maybe in the comics's world too.

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Saltiva

Im in my 30s and have a collection of comics that predates me, have enjoyed anime since robotechs inception and I too have never heard this term cannon.

Also, gamespot fix your comments section, why when I decide to comment I login only for it to kick me all the way back to home page?

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master20234

<< LINK REMOVED >> Guess you're just sheltered then....very well known term, and it's canon not cannon.

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Zoidzilla5000

<< LINK REMOVED >> Not gonna lie buddy, I'm 30 and as a comics and Star Wars fan, canon is a term we've always used a lot and usually when it has something to do with SW. Like when a book or comic comes out, the first thing we ask is if it's canon.

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Fatalv

<< LINK REMOVED >> The use of the word stems back to the Biblical Canon where the authoritative/main line of the Bible was constructed (books not included became known as the Apocrypha).


And as you stated it's a highly known word now used to describe the authoritative documents of a line of history or in this case the history of a fictional world.

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starcrafthenry

Grand Admiral Thrawn, the Nogrhi, Talon Karde, and Mara Jade, or GTFO.

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Yuusha09

Well at least Darth Bane made it into canon... at least there's that. Thanks Filoni!

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lee3701

New Jedi Knight please. And make it so multiplayer represents the core aspects of what JK2 and JKA represented, being social and skillfull with a saber. To stab your best friend in a duel and for him to say "gf" is a great feeling that I do indeed miss.


Raven Software!!! I CALL UPON YOU TO TAKE WHAT SHOULD BE RIGHTFULLY YOURS. RE CREATE THIS MASTER PIECE OF A GAME ONCE YOUR DONE LICKING CALL OF DUTYS BACK SIDE.
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doss1

<< LINK REMOVED >> Absolutely agree. JKA was great!. Bring back online multiplayer light saber duels with force powers!

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Hurvl

<< LINK REMOVED >>Raven Software should make the Raven's Claw fly again. They'd be raving lunatics not to do so.

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Mario_VS_DK

I'm really hoping that they DON'T make a Force Unleashed 3 then. Force Unleashed 2's story was just so bad and shouldn't even be considered Star Wars.


Force Unleashed 1 was excellent though.

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Hurvl

<< LINK REMOVED >> So I should get it if it's on sale on Steam?

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Daian

Well ok then.

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Forcecaster

So in the next Marvel movie Stan Lee will have a lightsaber and Disney will brand it as canon?

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master20234

"TOR has always been a part of the EU, and that's not going to change." Wait so does that mean it is or isn't canon? And at the very least I believe KOTOR 1 and 2 should be canon...or maybe just 1 lol. And what about The Force Unleashed 1? I mean yeah force powers aren't like that, but that can just be chalked up to it being a video game. The story of how the rebel alliance was formed was pretty good, at least in my opinion.

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andhros

<< LINK REMOVED >> Lucasarts announced that the male light side ending of KOTOR 1 was canon. The female light side ending was canon for KOTOR 2 and that SWTOR is canon as well.

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texasgoldrush

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> And elements of the Sith Lords Restoration Mod in KOTOR 2 is canon as well.

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Bumblebee1138

As a big Star Wars fan, I like this idea. Previously some comic book, novel and video game stories contradict with each other and some others just goes aimlessly and ends. It's good to see they take all the stories of all the media very seriously to create one single canon instead just making something and sell it.


But it's not like they can remove all the fun we had when we read or play the past EU. It can be enjoyed back then, it can be enjoyed now.

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voljin1987

they shld make a trilogy about bane.. the 3 bane books in the EU are awesome

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Yuusha09

@voljin1987 Darth Bane is canon, thankfully.

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AluminumAndroid

Anything after the first 3 I consider fan fiction.

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Mr_Big_Boss

<< LINK REMOVED >> The first 3 episodes right? Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, and Revenge of the Sith.

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Kungfu_Kenobi

Lucas had the right idea splitting up the canons. Frankly, Star Wars is such a vast setting that the idea of one single canon is almost ludicrous. And if Disney produces/licenses the same amount of content we've seen in the past, maintaining consistency will be basically impossible. Without consistency, a single canon is pointless.

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forbiddenmow

Is it me, or does this announcement leave the canonical status of previous works UNCHANGED? Hence, I don't understand why there's lots of EU fans WHINING?

Apart from the usual reason kids are always whining on here.

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BattleSpectre

Half Life 3 confirmed.

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Qixote

<< LINK REMOVED >> Gabe does look like a close relatively of Jabba.

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WereCatf

Wow, people sure take their Star Wars seriously.

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NTM23

<< LINK REMOVED >> Same can be said for anything people love... Don't see why this is surprising.

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DrKill09

<< LINK REMOVED >> Well... a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away... Star Wars used to be good.

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WereCatf

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >>Nope, can't remember such time. Must have been really, REALLY long time ago.

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HaloinventedFPS

Star Wars canon is such a mess, it makes Warcraft lore look consistent

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Bumblebee1138

<< LINK REMOVED >> That's why they are reconstructing it.