Unseen64, a series on popular YouTube channel Did You Know Gaming, recently posted a video that explores the development history behind several cancelled Star Wars games that were originally planned for Nintendo consoles. The video takes a detailed look at three projects from indie developer Factor 5: Rogue Squadron Compilation for the Wii, Star Wars: Dark Squadron for the GameCube, and an unnamed action-adventure title that would have starred Chewbacca, set in the years before he befriended Han Solo. All three games were cancelled for different reasons, mostly due to the legal and financial trouble that Factor 5 was experiencing at the time of their development, which eventually led to the company’s bankruptcy in 2008.
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Despite the financial constraints that plagued these games’ development, they do all seem like they would have been unique and entertaining titles. One of the cancelled games, Star Wars: Dark Squadron, a spin-off of Factor 5’s Star Wars: Rogue Squadron series, was supposed to take place in an alternate universe where the Empire defeated the Rebel Alliance at the end of Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope. The main playable character would have been Darth Vader, and the game followed Vader’s path to destroy the Rebel Alliance.
As mentioned above, another one of the cancelled titles would have featured Chewbacca as the main playable character. It would have taken place in the period between Star Wars: Episode III and Episode IV, during Chewbacca’s years as a bounty hunter. This has never been done before in Star Wars canon, and it could have made for a very interesting game.
What do you think? Would you have liked to play these games? Had you heard about the existence of any of them before this video? Sound off in the comments below!