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Old 09-24-2005, 11:19 AM   #1
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Possible expansions or sequals?

yeah i know the game is still months away from release but from the various forums i've been to alot of people intend to buy it. If i know this then Dev teams must know so they are proberly already thinking about possible Expansions and sequals. so form what we know about the game what Expansions do you think there will be and do you think there will be a sequal and when will it be based?

Personally i don't think they will make a 'Republic at War' based around the clone wars, instead i think they will make a 'true' sequal or expansion and bace it after ROTJ.
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Old 09-24-2005, 11:34 AM   #2
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I want an expansion that takes us beyond Return of The Jedi and show us a time that only the books cover. Maybe they can even consult Lucas as to what he wanted the after RoTJ period to look like.


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Old 09-24-2005, 12:24 PM   #3
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Uhhh...let's bring Lucas in only if it's absolutely necessary! I've seen what the man can do to movies; let alone to video games.
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Old 09-24-2005, 02:23 PM   #4
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Good point there haha. Yeah he does have a tendency to kinda screw things up slightly... even though the whole star wars concept was his idea lol


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Old 09-24-2005, 02:41 PM   #5
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Uhhh...let's bring Lucas in only if it's absolutely necessary! I've seen what the man can do to movies; let alone to video games.
"Wah, Lucas ruined my star wars".

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Old 09-24-2005, 02:46 PM   #6
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Nah, I found the comment very amusing and to the point.




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Old 09-24-2005, 03:59 PM   #7
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Well, the fact of the matter is, the man can't write dialogue or plot. What his strength is, and always was, was directing, and imagining the raw concepts of his world. These are the reasons that the original trilogy ruled, and the prequel trilogy was God-awful (Episode 1), sub-par (Episode 2), and tolerable/kinda good (Episode 3): the original trilogy was basically imagined and directed by Lucas - he only glancingly participated in the dialogue, and only supplied the skeleton for the plot stories. It's no coincidence that The Empire Strikes Back - the best by far - had a dialogue that he didn't even touch, at all. Contrast this with the weaker Prequels, in which Lucas had complete dialogue and story-writing control. Blehhh. Compare the love scenes in Attack of the Clones to the love scenes in The Empire Strikes Back.

I'm not sure if EaW will even have a sequel, honestly, or even need one. For one, the logical sequel material - which would naturally be in the Clone Wars era - is already being made in a popular fan conversion mod: Imperial Assault 2. For two, if they play their cards right with EaW, it will become like one of those iconic Blizzard games, like Starcraft or Diablo II - one of those addictive, moddable, different sorts of games that are still popular 5-10 years after they were made; a lucrative cash cow for our dear friends at Petro. Besides, I'm sure that after they gain major noteriety for EaW, their driving desire will be branch out into other projects, and not merely to cower behind their first design.
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Old 09-24-2005, 04:16 PM   #8
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...if they play their cards right with EaW, it will become like one of those iconic Westwood games, like Command and Conquer - one of those addictive, moddable, different sorts of games that are still popular 5-10 years after they were made...
Fixed.
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Old 09-24-2005, 04:18 PM   #9
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Don't go around fixing too much, Andrew.

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Old 09-24-2005, 08:57 PM   #10
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...if they play their cards right with EaW, it will become like one of those iconic Ensemble games, like Age of Kings - one of those addictive, moddable, different sorts of games that are still popular 5-10 years after they were made...
Now its truly fixed.

Seriously, if E@W catches on like any of the previously named games, I will be very very happy.

My prediction is they do the sensible thing and do a Clone Wars x-pack. But, in the galaxy mode, it would lead to awkward situations. Who would control the Coruscant? The Emps or the Reps? How would the Empire or the Rebellion even fight one another? I guess they could do a timeline sort of thing, so that the Republic turns into the Empire, but even that wouldnt work, since elements of the Confeds and Reps went to both sides. Maybe you get an announcement that Palpy has declared himself Empereor and killed all the Jedi and a group of Jedi/Senators are fighting him, which side will you chose?


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Old 09-24-2005, 09:01 PM   #11
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Don't go around fixing too much, Andrew.

Blizzard is a perfectly good example.
Meh, I'm just a big fan of the Command and Conquer series.
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Old 09-24-2005, 09:10 PM   #12
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The Clone Wars pretty much "ended" when Palpatine was ready for it to end. But there was a definate end to it -before- the Republic became the New Order. I assume that the (Republic) campaign would end in the same manner as the movies: the eradication of all Seperatist forces, and if there was a cutscene, maybe it would show Palpatine's little Senate speech.

"Ordnum mus sein!"

Oops, wrong speech. Similar leader, though...
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Old 09-24-2005, 09:16 PM   #13
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Yep. He's also vaguely Napoleanic.

I was thinking more on the scope of things outside of the campaign. The x-pack would be no fun if it were divided completely between two different storylines.


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Old 09-24-2005, 11:59 PM   #14
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Napoleanic?? Howso?

We don't see him crafting any revolutionary liberal law codes, nor did he become a dictator (ironically) in the name of liberty. Besides his Sith conspiracies, he was your run-of-the-mill wartime demagogue, who used people's fear to coax them into his authoritarian vision of government with the promise of "safety" and "order."
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Old 09-25-2005, 12:17 AM   #15
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In regards to Lucas and the post-RotJ time frame I have a few things to say.

1. The Prequel triology is better than the Originals. Yes, I know most of you are old farts but really, A New Hope and Return of the Jedi are far worse than The Phantom Menace could ever be.

2. There is no post-RotJ. The thing is, Star Wars is about one thing - the life story of Anakin Skywalker and the events surrounding his life. Simply put, after his death there is no more story.


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Old 09-25-2005, 01:31 AM   #16
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The Empire Strikes Back - the best by far - had a dialogue that he didn't even touch, at all.
I think you have your facts mixed up. But this isn't the place for this debate.

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Old 09-25-2005, 03:27 PM   #17
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In regards to Lucas and the post-RotJ time frame I have a few things to say.

1. The Prequel triology is better than the Originals. Yes, I know most of you are old farts but really, A New Hope and Return of the Jedi are far worse than The Phantom Menace could ever be.

2. There is no post-RotJ. The thing is, Star Wars is about one thing - the life story of Anakin Skywalker and the events surrounding his life. Simply put, after his death there is no more story.
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1. This is really a matter of opinion. I do like the prequels but, only ep. 3 has a chance of surpassing the originals, at least in my opinion. Two was good, but one wasnt. I think some elements of one were good, but it wasnt great.

2. There is a post RotJ.... look at the novels, and video games such as the Jedi Knight series. You really cannot make this argument because George Lucas himself has approved some story lines that take place after RotJ. For example the New Jedi Order books. Now to be honest I hate this series with a passion, but it is still George Lucas approved. And you have to remember it is his Star Wars, he can do whatever he wants.


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Old 09-25-2005, 05:30 PM   #18
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In regards to Lucas and the post-RotJ time frame I have a few things to say.

1. The Prequel triology is better than the Originals. Yes, I know most of you are old farts but really, A New Hope and Return of the Jedi are far worse than The Phantom Menace could ever be.

2. There is no post-RotJ. The thing is, Star Wars is about one thing - the life story of Anakin Skywalker and the events surrounding his life. Simply put, after his death there is no more story.

1. Huh? Episode 1 was just a sci-fi children's movie ("Oh, how cute! It's Jake Lloyd!"). How on Earth can the prequels be better than the originals? Quality acting (Harrison Ford, Mark Hammil, Carry Fisher) + original dialogue + graceful storytelling = great film. Mediocre acting (Jar Jar? Hayden Christensen) + contrived, hokey dialogue + contrived, hokey storyline = practically the entire prequel trilogy. Even Revenge of the Sith - which was pretty decent, except for Lucas' abominations that he had the audacity to write as love scenes - pales in comparison to something as engaging as The Empire Strikes Back, or hell, even Return of the Jedi.

2. Star Wars is about a universe. Aren't you forgetting the original trilogy's centering on Luke Skywalker, and not Anakin? Even then, it wasn't simply about either of the Skywalkers; Lucas primarily wrote, and succeeded very well in writing, a good vs. evil story set in a science fiction universe. Magnifying it to one particular character would be just like saying Middle Earth is about hobbits, or Star Trek is about Klingons.

As for your Latin, laws are not silent in a time of war. We still have rights, regardless of what Bush and Alberto Gonzales fantasize about.
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Old 09-25-2005, 08:50 PM   #19
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Lucas mentioned in an interview that he was going for a cross between Napolean and Cesaer.


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Old 09-25-2005, 10:50 PM   #20
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Naja/popcorn- I sincerely pray for your souls. You don't **** with Windu simply because you can't **** with him. He's un****able.
When you try to **** with him, he drags you down to the depths of evil and you will lose your sanity against his "arguments". Your souls are at stake, your sanity is at stake, you don't want to lose it!
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Old 09-26-2005, 12:34 AM   #21
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popcorn - yeah it is obviously a matter of opinion, as are all things. I just like the prequels more but then I never really got into the originals.

Naja - I know that Lucas has approved a post-RotJ universe, and yeah, the OT does focus more on Luke than Anakin. However, the entire saga really is about Anakin - it begins with his 'discovery' on a backwater planet and ends with his death. Incidently, Star Wars is Fantasy, not Sci-Fi.

Also, you're the first person to comment on the latin - well done


Luke - you know you love argueing with me. BTW that post of yours is mighty funny when you substitute various words for the ****.


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Old 09-26-2005, 07:10 AM   #23
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popcorn - yeah it is obviously a matter of opinion, as are all things. I just like the prequels more but then I never really got into the originals.

Naja - I know that Lucas has approved a post-RotJ universe, and yeah, the OT does focus more on Luke than Anakin. However, the entire saga really is about Anakin - it begins with his 'discovery' on a backwater planet and ends with his death. Incidently, Star Wars is Fantasy, not Sci-Fi.

Also, you're the first person to comment on the latin - well done

Luke - you know you love argueing with me. BTW that post of yours is mighty funny when you substitute various words for the ****.

Star wars was origanally suppose to be made up of 9 episodes but as GL left doing the prequals for so long Episode 7- 9 are never going to be made unless someone else tries to do it (Although this is unlikly). So how can all of star wars be about anakin if Vader/anakin dies in episode 6, It's more acurate to say that it's about the skywalker family line. Also Star wars is Sci-fi hense all the strships, Even the force has a Science fiction element to it with the symbiotic Metacloreans(SP). So it is more Sci-fi than Fantasy.

Anyway this has become way off topic and should be discussed in the Star wars movie forums... This is about the E@W's possible Expansions and sequals.
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Because there's almost 20 years between Ep. 3 and 4 that can be told.




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Naja/popcorn- I sincerely pray for your souls. You don't **** with Windu simply because you can't **** with him. He's un****able.
When you try to **** with him, he drags you down to the depths of evil and you will lose your sanity against his "arguments". Your souls are at stake, your sanity is at stake, you don't want to lose it!
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I second Luke. There isnt a person in the world who isnt more stubbornly sure of their ideas than Windu, and, on one level, I have to admire that.

Although, from personal experience, it does get annoying.


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Old 09-26-2005, 10:40 PM   #27
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well, to butt into where i wasn't invited, i will just say that anyone who has read the original Star Wars book (which, for those who did not know, was actually ghost-written by Dean Foster, who has written the books for many movies and wrote "SW:Splinter of the Mind's Eye" sometime between ANH and ESB) knows the way the SW universe turned out is NOT the way it was originally described. the intro stated that the emperors (plural) were mere figure heads controlled by the moffs, whereas it ended up with there being only one emperor who happened to be a Sith Lord... certainly no puppet for the politicians. and since the original title was Star Wars: from the Adventures of Luke Skywalker, or something along those lines, i'd say it was originally about Luke and not Anakin.

now, as for the topic of expansions, i've been waiting patiently for a NJO/Vong game, and i think EaW would work excellently for that. imagine taking Kyp's Dozen and the Errant Venture and kicking some serious Vong butt, as long as you can get your shadow bombs past their dovin basals. New Republic troops with the Solo kids fighting Vong soldiers with amphistaffs and thud-bugs. and being able to play as the Vong would be something else. they were SO different from the known SW universe that a NJO/Vong game might appeal to more non-SW gamers. the only other SW game/format i'd like to see use the Vong would be KotOR, which would then be KotNR i suppose, but this thread's about EaW... and of course the issue of whom SW is all about. basically i think everyone's a little bit right, in the sense that it was simply about the rise and fall of Palpatine and the involvement of the Skywalker bloodline throughout.

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anton - you're right, Star Wars has changed a great deal. After all, the main character was going to be something like 'Luke Starkiller' and the final battle in ANH was going to be on Yavin IV between the Empire and a Rebel/Wookiee alliance.

starmark - yes, there was going to be episodes 7-9, but Lucas has repeatedly said that they are moot, because he only ended up needing the six films to tell the story that he wanted.

On the topic of Sci-Fi or Fantasy, the big difference here is details. For example, in Star Trek we are always given specifics, how fast 'warp' is, how many torpedoes are carried by each sort of ship, people have to reload their guns to continue firing. In Star Wars though, it isnt like that (the books are, but not the films). In the SW films, it doesnt matter how soemthing works, only that it does. For example, how many times have you seen a soldier or character in a SW film reload?


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another good SW era for an expansion pack would be the time of Exar Kun, the Sith Wars, and the Mandalorian Wars (before the Sith were limited to 2 members by Darth Bane) so both sides would have a nice selection of Jedi heroes. besides, maybe it will encourage more info about the early Sith to be released/created. it's funny, i never cared for history class in school, but after reading about 100 SW books the histories of SW characters and worlds kinda grew on me. :-p
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This is slightly off topic, but a part of Star Wars history that hasn't been visted at any point - in the movies, video games, comic books, or novels - is the founding of the Republic.
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true, Naja, but for some reason i'd hate to think of game developers, instead of actual sci-fi/fantasy authors, writing the earliest of SW history. absolutely no offense meant to any game developers who may read this!
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I wonder what happens after the Dark Nest, too. I mean, ****, you could go indefinately into the Star Wars future.
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yeah, Naja, after reading about 100 SW books you realize you've gone from being a fan to being a junkie, always waiting for your next fix. i never got a chance to read the comics/graphic novels (expensive, and hard to find in used book stores), though, or most of the newest Clone War books, so i know there are a lot of factions and major events i don't know about aside from references in the novels, but from what i do know there is a lot of untapped potential for EU games...

... and if you think about it, many of the successful SW pc games are more EU than movie based, like SotE, the JK series, X-Wing Alliance. the impact of the SW movies didn't wasn't from the movies alone, but the franchise that came with it, and ever since the SW RPG (old D&D style with paper and dice) and the early LEC games like Dark Forces came out gamers, in one form or another and of all ages, have tried to keep not just interest in the movies alive but the SW universe itself through the books, comics, games, etc...

so, i guess my point is i would like to see LEC do something with all the great things that came outside the movies, like an RPG of Han Solo's early years based on the 2 trilogies, or a Sith Wars era FPS/JK game, or an expansion pack or mod for EaW pitting the New Republic against the Yuzzhan Vong and possibly finding a way to utilize one of the 40+ (is there an official planet count yet?) planets as Zenoma Sekot.

but, of course, we don't yet really know how the gameplay will be and what sort of mod changes will be possible... although i'll be the first to admit i don't know anything at all about modding (aside from a little map work) but i've seen some mods that really surprised me, and if there's a worthy innovative mod to be made (like the MOW2 mod for JK) someone will figure out how to make it... and George bless them for it!
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anton - actually, the Exar Kun era or the founding of the Republic would be horrible choices for an x-pac. Not because they're uninteresting, but simply because they wouldn't fit into a game of Empire vs Rebels. The best x-pac would be Republic vs Confederacy, because it would then span all four films and give greater depth to the game, but otherwise a Yuuzhan Vung x-pac would be the next best option, and frankly, it isnt a good one.


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Ehh, have an open mind. The Sith Empire v. the Republic could be very compelling, if done right in the EaW model. You'd simply have to give much more of an emphasis to Force-users, to get that sort of Old Republic mythos feeling going.

Besides, any half-wit could do a Clone Wars remake. It would be too predictable. Now, pre-Republic or post-New Republic...now that would be ballsy.
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I would rather have a clone wars expansion that a Vong expansion because for the most part I really hate the new jedi order series. I personally dont consider it true to Star Wars even though it may be licensed by Lucas. I still would also like a post Star Wars x-pack.


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*spoiler* - (NJO series spoiler in this message, for those who've not read it)
well, Popcorn, all i can say is Lucas may have created the SW universe and all, and as far as the movies he definitely contributes greatly, but as far as the books (remember, Lucas has never actually written a SW book, or any fiction book that i know of, only storyboards and screenplays for movies) and especially games he has very little input, so does that make it all un-true to SW? the original SW book isn't even true to the SW universe that George has produced over the decades. still, if LucasFilms considers the mojority of storylines and information from the books to be canon or historical then i can consider it to be true to SW.

*spoiler here* - in the NJO series, Lucas had very little involvement, but he was the one who decided Anakin Solo would be killed instead of Jacen or Jaina, as well as Chewie being killed instead of some of the other classic characters like Han...
*end spoiler*

so, i think the NJO series is as true to SW as any other non-movie book. it's just very different from the typical SW themes and concepts, but then again Grand Admiral Thrawn and Admiral Daala don't exactly fit the Imperial framework as is generally excepted in SW... i mean, would Palpatine REALLY have allowed an alien and/or a woman to become high-ranking Imperial officers, regardless of how well they were tucked away in the Outer Rim or the Maw?

but, then again, if you just didn't like the NJO stories, characters, and such then you are certainly entitled to your opinion and THAT is not an arguable point. so, which post-RotJ era/storyline would you like to see as an x-pack or mod?
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Ehh, have an open mind. The Sith Empire v. the Republic could be very compelling, if done right in the EaW model. You'd simply have to give much more of an emphasis to Force-users, to get that sort of Old Republic mythos feeling going.
We don't want hero(or in this case, just regular unit) powers micromanaging to be the main focus. They rarely make good games like that, especially if you want it to be epic.

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Besides, any half-wit could do a Clone Wars remake. It would be too predictable. Now, pre-Republic or post-New Republic...now that would be ballsy.
Lucasarts =/= balls

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so, which post-RotJ era/storyline would you like to see as an x-pack or mod?
How about none?

People, in general, would much prefer a game about the Clone Wars then anything post-RoTJ.


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while the Jedi heroes in Rebellion certainly had an edge over standard troops, there wasn't a whole lot of management involved with them. other than the specific "Jedi Training" mission with Luke or Vader the benefit of the Jedi were their skills increased drastically more than other agents. however, i haven't seen (which doesn't mean it hasn't been said) anything from the dev's stating that character/hero abilities will improve with experience like they did in Rebellion.

it may very well be that trying to make a bunch of Jedi in EaW would be as bad, or worse, than trying it in Battlefront. i'm a major Jedi fan, but even i can admit not every SW game has to be about Jedi and the Force. i'd just like to see more EU sources being tapped instead of everything revolving around the movies. sooo...

Darth Windu... are there any non-movie eras, factions, storylines, etc that you think would make a good x-pack or mod, or do you agree with LIAYD?
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