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If you played Star Wars: Battlefront and wondered why there were no levels directly tied to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, you now have an answer. Heck, we now know why there probably won’t be any The Force Awakens-related DLC attached to the game. It seems that part of Electronic Arts’ agreement with Lucasfilm is that their games must strictly adhere to Star Wars canon, which means that characters like Rey and Kylo Ren can’t play a role in a game that is otherwise set during the original trilogy. Says CFO Blake Jorgensen:

On Star Wars, the one thing that we are adhering to, and I think this is part of our arrangement with Lucas and Disney, is you can’t make a game in Star Wars that violates the canon of Star Wars. Meaning you can’t take something from the future and bring it back into the past unless it’s a reference. Not knowing yet exactly what the storyline in [Star Wars:] Rogue One is going to be, I can’t comment on how that could come in. But to the extent that it’s in the future… Our current Battlefront game is all based on the historical Star Wars canon, which is 30 years before the most recent movie, that will limit our ability to bring some new content into that.

Still, it wouldn’t surprise us at all to see the inevitable Battlefront 2 take place during the new trilogy and allow for appearances by all of your new favorite characters.

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If you’re up for more Blake Jorgensen quotes, the EA CFO also offered a vague update on the mysterious Star Wars video game that Uncharted mastermind Amy Hennig is currently working on for Visceral Games:

We are down to less than 15 major SKUs. And that feels like a good size of the business and we are obviously announcing that we are investing in some action-based SKUs by bringing people like Jade Raymond and Amy Hennig into our organization to help build those. And those are obviously a few years out in our SKU plan.

Translation: we still have a bit of wait ahead of us for this one. As Star Wars News points out, this only adds more fuel to the rumor fire that suggests this is a Han Solo action game. After all, Chris Miller and Phil Lord’s Han Solo spin-off movie is also “a few years out.”

star wars encyclopedia

The official Star Wars site has revealed a first look at the cover art of the updated and expanded Star Wars Character Encyclopedia, which is probably going to a must-own if you need to know the name, secret history, and height of every alien in every nook and cranny of every movie. Written by the Lucasfilm Story Group’s Pablo Hidalgo, this the kind of book you keep in a place of honor. Maybe next to the bed. Maybe on top the toilet. You know, anywhere that allows you to flip through it at a given moment. You can check out a few preview pages below.

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