Star Wars may just be the dominant franchise that towers over all others. Ever since Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope released almost forty years ago in 1977 the series’ popularity just hasn’t died down. In fact outside of the current six films there have been various books, games, comics and TV shows that have added to the lore of what makes up this series, known as the Expanded Universe. However, Lucasfilm has now come out and declared everything that isn’t one of the cinema releases or the Clone Wars TV show as non-canon, as in they do not belong in the official Star Wars lore.
This move includes the Star Wars: Force Unleashed games, Knights Of The Old Republic 1 & 2, The Old Republic, Star Wars Battlefront 1 & 2, Star Wars Tie Fighter, X-Wing, Rebel Assault, Starfighter and Star Wars Galaxies. All of these stories that you may have had experience with over the last couple of decades no longer count as part of the canon. Going forward though any new games that will be produced, including the new Battlefront, will be canonised.
Lucasfilm’s President Kathleen Kennedy spoke about the move.
“We have an unprecedented slate of new Star Wars entertainment on the horizon. We’re set to bring Star Wars back to the big screen, and continue the adventure through games, books, comics, and new formats that are just emerging. This future of interconnected storytelling will allow fans to explore this galaxy in deeper ways than ever before.”
Anything that was part of the original Expanded Universe will have some influence on future releases, but stories won’t be directly implemented. The older titles will now have a Legends banner to differentiate between what is canon, and what is non-canon. So to recap, the films, Star Wars The Clone Wars and the upcoming Rebels TV shows, future books, and games will be canon. Everything else is not.