Cal Kestis has arguably become one of the most beloved characters to emerge from Disney’s Star Wars canon. With the smashing success of Jedi Fallen Order and the upcoming highly-anticipated sequel Jedi Survivor, fans can’t help but wonder about all the possible future games that could be centered around other beloved characters.
Today, I have compiled a list of some of my favorite characters from the iconic franchise that I believe deserve their own title, whether a lower-budget or AAA game. Also, this list is in no particular order. I’d be equally excited for every one of them.
This one is a no-brainer as everyone loves Ahsoka Tano. She goes from being a bright and snarky padawan to a fearless rebel of the empire. Yes, while she has appeared in earlier game titles, she hasn’t been done any justice. There is a plethora of source material for a game centered on her. Everything from her time during the Clone Wars to her time during Star Wars Rebels and beyond (not to mention the book by E. K. Johnston).
Ahsoka Tano is a very deep and bit of a tragic character as well. She’s been through so much growing up. She practically got involved in fighting a seemingly endless war as a teenager, got betrayed by a family she held dear, and soon lost everyone she knew and loved. There is a riveting story here to tell in video game format (I choose you, Respawn).
Quinlan Vos and Asajj Ventress
If anyone has read Dark Disciple by Christie Golden, you might know where I’m going with this. Quinlan Vos, I feel, is an underrepresented character. He has numerous comics to his name but only appeared in one episode of the Clone Wars, and he was mentioned once in the Kenobi series. However, he’s an incredibly diverse character with a rich backstory (he was also Aayla Secura’s master).
In the Dark Disciple novel, he teams up with Asajj Ventress, the iconic Sith acolyte from the Clone Wars, to assassinate Count Dooku. At that point, Asajj had been betrayed and abandoned by the Count. Fueled by her revenge, she joined Quinlan on his assignment.
Naturally, the book covers major events that happen during the Clone Wars. Not only that, but it’s one of the best mediums that shed light on Asajj and her development as a character. These two deserve their own game, and I could see it being based on the novel.
Okay, hear me out on this one. Obi-Wan, indeed already has a few game titles in his belt. However, I don’t really count those because they weren’t regarded as very good games, nor did they do the character justice.
For someone as integral and iconic to the Star Wars franchise, he deserves a well-rounded and engaging game. There are so many stories about Obi-Wan in Disney Canon and the Expanded Universe. The game could be centered around lesser-known times of his life. One of the periods of his life that I’m most fascinated about is his time with Satine Kryze, the duchess and ruler of Mandalore.
In the Star Wars Brotherhood novel, there are many moments where Obi-Wan thinks about what could have been if he chose Satine over the Jedi. This could serve as a strong basis behind an action-filled RPG and has a dramatic and emotional tale of a padawan in love, ultimately choosing the priority of Order over the passion of his heart. I already need tissues thinking about it.
Long-time fans of Star Wars can all agree that we’re curious about what happened with Bariss after she blew up the Jedi temple. There was no confirmation that she was killed during Order 66. She seemingly went from being a noble and capable padawan under the respected Jedi Master Luminara Unduli to a cold-blooded terrorist against the republic. She briefly explains why she did what she did in the Clone Wars series, but that only really scratches the surface of her motives. What exactly happened to her that drove her to commit such an atrocious crime? Why was she so willing to betray her friend, Ahsoka, by pinning the crime on her after spending a significant amount of time together?
All of these questions make Barriss Offee a fascinating character. Also, not to mention that she has her novels from the EU, Jedi Healer, which I highly recommend to any big Star Wars fan. Especially for those who are highly curious about this Mirialan Jedi.
Here’s hoping in the future, Disney will do something with her character because she sounds like she could be an incredible antagonist to Ahsoka Tano. Having her return could create a pretty dramatic tale! I believe she definitely deserves her own game. Perhaps in a visual novel format?
Many fans of The Clone Wars can agree that Cad Bane had some pretty show-stopping appearances. The Duros bounty hunter and mercenary participated in significant events during the Clone Wars, employed by Darth Sidious numerous times to accomplish seemingly impossible tasks. Not to mention the fact that the infamous Jango Fett mentored him in his early years.
Returning the favor, Cad Bane, in turn, mentored Boba Fett. However, they drifted apart after some harsh treatment from Bane. Unfortunately, episodes revolving around their relationship never aired during The Clone Wars. Given just this information, a game focused on this powerhouse of a bounty hunter would be really cool to see.
The Book of Boba Fett served as many peoples’ introduction to Cad Bane. Without spoiling anything for anyone who wants to watch it who hasn’t already, I think it did an ultimate disservice to his character. He was an unstoppable machine that was feared even by the Jedi. He deserves his own story, and I think it could be presented in a game styled like Star Wars Bounty Hunter (centered around Boba Fett). I think it would be a wonderful treat.
Jacen, Jaina, and Anakin Solo
Kind of cheating here, but as a fan of the Expanded Universe, it’s only fitting that I add some characters to the list. Of course, they’re the infamous children of Han Solo and Leia: the iconic Jedi twin siblings, Jacen and Jaina, and their younger brother, Anakin.
The three siblings accomplished much during their lives and played a heavy role in the New Jedi Order. Several novels are based on them that center on their lives as children to adulthood. If there were to be one game on anyone from the Expanded Universe, I would choose these three.
As for what the game is about, I would base it on one of the most emotional arcs of the EU: the war with the Yuuzhan Vong. The game could perfectly showcase the trio’s abilities as Jedi, their personalities, and trauma. This arc is a perfect example of extremely heart-wrenching storytelling. A game like this would show people just how excellent George Lucas was at world-building and creating such riveting characters.
I don’t want to give anything away, but if you haven’t read the stories of Jacen, Jaina, and Anakin, I highly recommend picking up the novels. When you do, I think you might agree with me that when it comes to the original children of Han and Leia, Kylo Ren can’t even hold a candle. (Darth Caedus, anyone?)
There is my list of Star Wars characters who deserve their own game. Who would you like to see get their own game?