For those of you that don’t know, the Expanded Universe (EU) is the collection of novels, comics, games, and television shows that exist outside of the six movies. That EU is a rich and diverse galaxy of species, characters, and stories that I will admit I didn’t know existed in such great depth until a couple of years ago.
On April 25th Star Wars announced what is and is not canon from that date forward. The announcement caused a wide range of reactions from fans, ranging from relief to outrage. To simplify the details, the movies are canon, anything released posted 25th of April is canon, and everything else is now considered non-canon and Legacy. That means The Clone Wars isn’t canon but the new Rebels which begins this Fall is canon.
I’m not upset with this decision. It works well for everyone if they stop and think about the announcement rationally. The announcement doesn’t destroy loved characters like Mara Jade or invalidate lore the exists in the Knights of the Old Republic stories. It leaves all of that intact and calls those works Legacy.
Legacies are something we all grow up with, stories passed down from one generation to the next. Legacies change and grow with each retelling. Some are better at paining a picture with words than others, but each story teller brings something new and unique to the story.
I play Star Wars: The Old Republic and my very first modern video game (not Pac-Man era) was Star Wars: Knights of the The Republic. KOTOR reignited my life long love of the movies and caused me to discover the amazing world that is the EU. SWTOR is a fantastic game that delivers fantastic stories and emotional ones. SWTOR may not be what the die-hard fanboy may have wanted but then again no game or novel can ever satisfy every Star Wars fan. If you haven’t played KOTOR I highly recommend it. SWTOR is my default game of choice, the one I come back to after “cheating” on it with some other game momentarily.
Audible.com is my go to source for EU novels. All of the expected sound effects are present to bring a EU story to life, from the roar of hyper drive engines to the activation of a light saber. I highly recommend audible books for highly entertaining Star Wars stories, canon and legacy alike.
September 2014 will see the first release of a canon novel since the announcement and new novels in November 2014 and then January and March 2015 already announced. Legacy novels and comics will continue to be published and released as newly branded Star Wars Legends banners added to the title page.
Personally, I’m looking forward to the continuity of story lines and knowing that stories from the past haven’t been wiped off the slate never to be released again. I can continue to play SWTOR and enjoy my time there, knowing that while it might not be canon it hasn’t been forgotten and trashed in the larger universe of Star Wars. What I am looking forward to the most is discovering what if any finds its way from the EU into canon. Will Mara Jade and Luke still be? Will the much beloved Ahsoka Tano somehow be honored in canon? Only time will tell and like all Star Wars stories, the discovery of a new story is a large part of the fun.