With the Star Wars: Outlaws trailer having been released, it gave fans of glimpse of what’s to come from Ubisoft’s open-world Star Wars game and the next chapter of Star Wars lore, taking place between the events of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.

However, based on the story and setting, it may not feature the Jedi or Sith. Instead, it’ll feature a young scoundrel named Kay Vess as she makes her way through the dark corners of the galaxy shrouded by the Empire and the rest of the scum and villainy.

Showcasing: The Dark Times

Despite the Rebel victory at the Battle of Yavin and after the events of The Empire Strikes Back, the galaxy and its inhabitants still remain in a state of turmoil and uncertainty, and Star Wars: Outlaws highlights the problems caused by both the Empire and the Crime Syndicates of the Underworld. But the question is whether the Jedi or Sith not being an essential part of the story is a problem.

Simply, no. 

Star Wars: Outlaws

The game has the opportunity to tell the stories of life beyond the surface and into the depths of the underworld and the people who thrive or hide from them, something not seen very much in Star Wars media. Focusing on the galaxy’s ordinary citizen and their struggle to survive hostile worlds allows for grounded stories. It puts into perspective what an ordinary person’s point of view during an ongoing Galactic Civil War looks like. The concept of an ordinary young woman and her axolotl-looking friend, trying to make their way through the galaxy, can have players relating to her personal and circumstantial problems and obstacles the game’s story has to offer.

Strategic Gameplay

Another benefit of not having a Force-powered player is the gameplay. There is no doubt going to be a difference in gameplay and problem-solving challenges with Star Wars: Outlaw and other games with Force-powered protagonists like Galen Marek from The Force Unleashed series and Cal Kestis from the Star Wars Jedi series. The fact that Kay is not a Jedi or Sith, therefore not having powers, can make the gameplay more logical and strategic in terms of stealth, jumping, transportation, and enemy NPC encounters.

With a new Star Wars game on the way, an open-world one at that, it is no doubt an awesome time to be a Star Wars fan. New lore, new characters, and new opportunities to expand the Star Wars universe, even more, will open grander opportunities for future content and storylines.

Star Wars: Outlaws is set to release in 2024 on Xbox Series X/S, Playstation 5, and PC.

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