Cancelled Star Wars Rogue Squadron Wii Game Is A Bummer


It’s been more than 11 long years since the last Star Wars Rogue Squadron game was released. It was a great flight action series that saw players take control of many wonderous flight crafts, including the Millenium Falcon and even the newly-created V-Wing airspeeder. That’s why it’s such a bummer to hear that IGN has been provided with trailers for a cancelled Rogue Squadron game created for the Wii, by an anonymous source. It was even developed by the now-defunct Factor 5 studio!

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Named Star Wars Rogue Squadron: Rogue Leaders, it was to be a Wii compilation that would include the Rogue Leader and Rebel Leader titles, while adding bonus content. Outputting at a smooth 60 FPS, players now could use multiple controller peripherals (such as the Wii Wheel) to operate vehicles, and use the Balance Board to control the speed in which you’re traveling. Furthermore, with the Wii Motion Plus, players could finally duke it out as a Jedi Knight with a lightsaber against other foes, similar to the classis Star Wars arcade game.

The fact that a new Star Wars Rogue Squadron game was cancelled in development, while seeming like a sure-fire lock to generate sales of both the game and the Wii console (like it needed more console sales), indicates to me just the level of incompetence LucasArts had been suffering in its later stages. As much as there is uncertainty in the buyout of the Star Wars franchise in Disney and the inevitable slew of Star Wars movies, handing off development rights for games to someone else will at least guarantee to see games be released.

It has been so long since a great proper Star Wars game has been released! When you have great game ideas like Star Wars 1313 and Star Wars Rogue Squadron fail to see the light of day, anyone else handling the IP seems blissful.

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