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Star Wars Movies and the Games- How is the whole franchise connected?

Community May 6, 2022

Star Wars is one of the largest franchises in the world. It has its own massive fan community and universe. Every game, movie, and comic in the Star Wars franchise is extremely well celebrated, if not well-liked. The Star Wars fandom is extremely passionate about each and every aspect of the universe that is built just for them. Starting from 1977, this universe keeps growing with the multiple series and movies that are still going on. Each of the series and the movies that are released are always popular and do well at the box-office or on the OTT platforms. Hence, in today’s blog, we will be getting into the Star Wars Universe.

Star Wars Video Games

After the first instalment of the movie was released in 1977, the creators decided to come up with the franchise idea. In the same year, Marvel Comics decided to publish a comic book based on the movie. In 1983, the first Star Wars game came into being. It was an arcade game, and hence people would enjoy playing it in the arcades more. This was just the beginning of the whole franchise that was to follow. For almost every movie or comic, you will definitely find a video game based on it. However, it was quite recently when Star Wars finally decided to go for a different storyline than the movies and go on their own way with the games.

Credits to Steam. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is a new game that came out this month. 

Recently, there have been eight more games like Star Wars: Republic Commando, Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, Star Wars Squadrons, Star Wars: Battlefront II, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic.

Star Wars Films

As mentioned before, the Star Wars movies started back in 1977, and were inspired by the Star Trek series that came out in 1966. From there on, the fandom had divisions between them: Star Trek fans, and Star Wars fans. There are many ways you can list out the Star Wars movies, yet, we will be going with the most common way, the trilogy and the original series.

  • So, the original trilogy is considered to be the timeline of Episodes IV–VI: A New Hope, The Empire Strikes, and Return of the Jedi.
  • Next comes the Prequel Trilogy, which consists of Episodes I–III: The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, and Revenge of the Sith.
Credits to Wallpaper Cave. Revenge of the Sith.
  • Then comes the Sequel Trilogy, which ranges from Episodes VII–IX: The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi, and The Rise of Skywalker.
  • There are Anthology films which have films like Rogue One, Solo, and Rogue Squadron (which is yet to be released).
  • There is also an Animated movie named The Clone Wars.

The Story of Star Wars

We will be getting into the basic storyline of the whole series, as that would give us a better background on the whole franchise. Basically, Star Wars is set in a faraway galaxy at a faraway time, and it is more of a science fiction story. The story revolves around a kingdom where there are humans and aliens, along with droids (robots). They are all dependent on the Force to protect them.

Credits to The Direct. Some of the most recognized faces in the franchise.

This Force is comprised of two knightly orders, the Jedi (they are the peacekeepers of the Galatic Republic), and the Sith. The two knightly orders are always in conflict with each other because of their difference of opinion. There are multiple Jedi who usually use the technique of non-attachment to master the powers. On the other hand, the Sith, or the Dark Lord, can be only two: the master and his apprentice. They use the techniques of manipulation and fear to master themselves. The stories mostly revolve around how the two powers oppose each other, and how they sometimes have to band together to fight off foreign powers who want to defeat them. All in all, this is usually the basis of most movies and series.

The Latest Movie- The Rise of the Skywalker

This is the latest movie instalment in the Star Wars series. The Rise of the Skywalker had become a popular film, grossing $515.2 million in the United States and Canada, and $558.9 million in other territories, that comes to $1.074 billion overall. This made it one of the highest-grossing films of 2019. However, though the movie did earn a huge amount, it was basically the fans going in to experience the movie. However, it appeared that it did not fare well with the fans.

Credits to Hotstar. The Rise of the Skywallker did not do well with the fans.

The critics were not at all happy with the way the movie was created. They thought that it lacked the essence that every Star Wars movie had. Even the fans were not happy with the way the movie was depicted. All of this led to a very bad critical rating for the movie. Following The Rise of the Skywalker, the next film will be Rogue Squadron, which could be released in 2023. The fans have some hope regarding this one. Still, we are not quite sure about what will be coming up.

The video game trailer that was released with the movie was Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga. This is the sixth instalment of the Lego Star Wars series. This collaboration has been running for quite some time and is popular among fans. People find it exceptionally fun to play their favourite characters in Lego.

Crdits to fsunnews. Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga.

Even the game Star Wars Battlefront II introduced a free level set on Ajan Kloss back when the movie was released. All the Star Wars games try to introduce or even bring in some changes when a new movie is released.

Conclusion

There is no doubt that Star Wars has managed to have a huge influence on pop culture since the 90s. Hence, there is no doubt that movies often inspire games, and a lot of games will inspire the movies. It is an interconnected process, where the whole franchise is closely related to each other.

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