Star Wars Republic Commando had some incredible ideas for sequels

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Republic Commando nearly had incredible sequels

If you’re a Star Wars fan in any capacity and haven’t played the classic Republic Commando first-person shooter from nearly a decade ago, you’re doing yourself an injustice. The squad-based shooter featuring a tight-knit team of four clone troopers was a top-notch experience that offered a different look at a universe dominated by Jedi with lightsabers, and I join thousands of other fans in lamenting that there still isn’t a sequel.

Especially when a sequel was once in early development, with writers at the now defunct Lucusarts discussing two stories they could tell with a potential follow-up. Speaking to Cinelinx, lead developer on Republic Commando, Brett Douville, revealed that two very different directions were being discussed for the sequel, both of which sound like they could’ve been stellar to experience in the now written-off expanded universe.

There were two competing stories that were being pitched, one being developed by Tim Longo and one by lead level designer Kevin Schmitt. In one, you would have played the side story of Revenge of the Sith and carried out Order 66, hunting down Jedi as a team. In the other, Sev would have been the first man in the Rebellion army — the tagline was something like, “Every Rebellion begins with a single soldier.”

Now I’m a fan of Revenge of the Sith (it’s probably one of the better prequel films) but I still cringe every time I see how the galaxy’s most feared warriors with lightsabers went down like punks when Emperor Palpatine issued Order 66. A game following a squad of Clone Troopers hunting far more intelligent cells of Jedi sounds like an incredible idea, only just edging out the idea of experiencing the birth of a clone trooper rebellion. Something which Disney has already dabbled with in Star Wars Rebels.

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Sadly these ideas never even made it to the executive level, with Lucusarts restructuring well before Douville and his team had a chance. Of course we all know what happened years later, so a new hope for a Republic Commando rests solely with Disney now. Although with the success of Battlefront last year, who knows? Maybe it’s the perfect time to revisit idea like these. I certainly wouldn’t mind.

Last Updated: February 11, 2016

Alessandro Barbosa

You can all call me Sandy until I figure out how to edit this thing, which is probably never. Sandy not good enough? Call me xXx_J0k3R_360degreeN0Sc0pe_xXx. Also, Geoff’s a bastard.

  • Umar

    Even though I don’t like Star Wars, RC was an amazing game, one that I thoroughly enjoyed. Also that cliffhanger ending suuuuucked. Always hoped they would make a sequel 🙁

    • Commander Admiral Chief

      As do I (notice the DO, not the DID)

      • Umar

        haha, never give up hope you say? …. maybe, I personally believe this game would do extremely well in this day and age. People are craving tactical shooters…that you play ALONE. Rainbow Six looks like a great game but there really isn’t much in the way of SP games like that.

        • Commander Admiral Chief

          Love
          that
          game
          to
          BITS

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Bathe in the sea?

          • stop!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Red means stop! Stranger danger!

          • Amber alert!

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            I wondered how Rince….rinses himself…

          • I don’t! tralalal!

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            That explains a few things…

  • Commander Admiral Chief

    SEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEV!!!!!!!!!!

  • Commander Admiral Chief
  • Commander Admiral Chief

    ” the fiercest hunter of all your brothers”

  • Commander Admiral Chief

    “Ah, Scorch, nothing better than a jungle hunt. Hiding in the bush, putting a plasma bolt through a hostile’s cranium… makes me feel alive.”

  • Commander Admiral Chief

    Jusik: “Any sign of what killed him, Scorch?”

    Scorch: “Let’s ask Sev. He’s a dead-body-ologist.” [arm falls off body]

    Sev: “Yep, he’s dead all right.”

    Scorch: “Sure you don’t want a second opinion, Doc?”

  • Commander Admiral Chief

    Sev: “Nothing like a little precision teamwork, Deltas.”

    Scorch: “And that was nothing like a little precision teamwork.”

  • Commander Admiral Chief

    Fun fact, Scorch and Carth Onasi had the same voice actor

    • You going for most comments in an article by yourself? 0_O

      • Commander Admiral Chief

        Well, I hold the record, twice. So, lol, maybe

        • I meant you alone 😛

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            I’m not the alone expert, where is Trev when you need em?

          • Ohhhhh! Not even 0930!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Off by himself, obviously.

          • Offing himself did you say?

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Yoda do you channel?

          • eau de toilet!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Dagobah: The Scent of the Swamp

          • CLASSY!

        • miaau

          there is a record like that? I wonder what other stats you guys have.

          Comment Most Ignorant on subject matter – miaau
          comment that shows lack of understanding of pop culutre – miaau
          comment that shows “down with the kids” – “coolness” – miaau

          Comment to cause the most damage to keyboards from hot beverage – Alien Trev
          Comment to sum up in few words what others are thinking – Alien Trev

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    “had” ideas. 1313 of them?

    • Commander Admiral Chief

      Ouch

  • Commander Admiral Chief

    “Every Rebellion begins with a single soldier”

    A GAME WITH SEV AS THE TITLE CHARACTER!!!!

    GAAAAAAAH

  • I want a new Dark Forces game.

    • Commander Admiral Chief

      Jedi Knight 4 would also rock

      • miaau

        I would think, surely, Kotor 3, The Return of Revan, would be the game we need.

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          You’re all winners, but this might be the winningester.

          • BacchusZA

            SW The Old Republic, and specifically the Shadow of Revan expansion that came out last year.

            The F2P model is very much greedy-bastid-EA annoying, but the stories are pretty good. Not at the same level as KOTOR I / II, but still pretty damn good, and there are 8 of them to play through, not just one.

            And you can often pick up a new account key with 30 days subs time on it for $5-7 from G2A, which is a bargain, as it gives you the base game and ALL the expansions up to the current chapter they’ve released for the latest expansion, and also avoids all the annoying F2P restrictions.

        • Commander Admiral Chief

          Yeah, I need that game

          • miaau

            “The Return of Revan”

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            Make it so miaau!

          • miaau

            I wrote and was published a short Scif-fi story when I was high school (in some inter-school anthology, not a big deal for publishing!) about a character who went out in the reaches of space and returned changed, 100s of years later, with an alien species and a vast fleet at his back, with him leading the military.

            I think perhaps that is why I want to see Revan’ story end so badly.

        • HvR

          wee need all of them,

          New Kotor, new republic commondo and new proper Jedi Knight/Dark Forces. My gaming wet dream would be a Star Wars RTS done by Chris Taylor.

          sadly we will most probably see new Battlefield/front game every few years from now on.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            And, since EA has a monopoly on the license, all probably kak.

          • miaau

            I am not sure I agree. Focus on Kotor 3, do it well, then it is successful, funding will flow for the others. I think it is the one with the highest chance of success (ok, that is my own wishful thinking, I think a proper commando sequel would win, I just would not like it)

          • HvR

            Disney certainly have enough resources to do the lot especially now with the new movies can not see why everything will not sell like hot cakes. Except for Jedi Knight and RC the others are different gaming styles so would need different dev teams in any case.

            Can not see how Disney can not see how these games are pure gold mines.
            Mass Effect style + Star Wars + the movie script writers you already have on your books =$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

          • miaau

            yeah, I do agree with you. But as in so much in the entertainment industry,it needs to be done for solid reasons, someone has a good script or something. We love and care about these games and characters (Kotor I mean) and would feel betrayed if some generic game was created by a team of talented people, but not by a team of passionate talented people. I would rather wait. Obsidian making Kotor 2 was a labour of love for them, as was Bioware on Kotor 1.

      • Well since Dark forces 3 is Jedi Academy we have the same thing in mind., 🙂

        • Commander Admiral Chief

          Yeah, same thing, but different

          😛

      • HvR

        Star Wars republic era mod for XCom2?

        • Commander Admiral Chief

          Great, now I have to hide this boner at work.

          WTF HvR, you evil man you!

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