‘Star Wars’ Finally Returns to the Original Trilogy in Brand-New Trailer

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Grogu on the N1 Starfighter in 'The Mandalorian' Season 3 trailer

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It feels like it’s been a long time since The Mandalorian (2019) was last on our screens, but Season 3 only ended in April this year. Perhaps it’s all the hype surrounding the follow-up Star Wars series Ahsoka (2023), which, like The Mandalorian Season 3, divided fans.

But let’s not forget how disappointing the third season of Disney+’s flagship Star Wars series was. While the Mando-Verse continues to grow with shows such as Ahsoka and soon Skeleton Crew (2023), we can’t help but feel like it could have all ended on a high.

Arianna Greenblatt as young Ashoka in the Clone Wars flashback
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That high was The Mandalorian Season 2 finale. The second season was full of surprises, with characters such as Bo-Katan Kryze (Katee Sackhoff) and Ahsoka Tano (Rosario Dawson) making their live-action debuts, and “Chapter 16: The Rescue” was no exception.

The finale sees Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal) taking the fight to Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito) aboard his Imperial Starcruiser to rescue Grogu, with the help of Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen), Cara Dune (Gina Carano), Bo-Katan Kryze, and Koska Reeves (Sasha Banks).

Bo-Katan talking to Din Djarin in 'The Mandalorian' Season 2
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But all hope seems lost when Gideon unleashes his legion of highly advanced battle droids known as Dark troopers upon Din Djarin and the others. The Dark troopers are the most formidable droids we’ve ever seen in Star Wars and are near impossible to defeat.

They first appeared in Season 2’s “Chapter 14: The Tragedy,” in which Boba Fett (Temuera Morrison) makes his long-awaited return to help Din Djarin and Grogu against Moff Gideon and his forces.

Luke Skywalker in his hooded robe in 'The Mandalorian' Season 2
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Alone, Din Djarin would stand no chance, but in the Season 2 finale more help arrives. The Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) makes a triumphant return, and with his green lightsaber, he slices through the Dark troopers one by one.

Unfortunately, The Mandalorian Season 3 doesn’t revisit the Dark trooper storyline. Of course, they were all destroyed by Luke, but fans were hoping to understand more about the project. And as Gideon meets his maker in the Season 3 finale, we may never know.

'The Book of Boba Fett' iconic throne scene
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However, you’ll be surprised to know that the Dark troopers just made a comeback. Per IGN, the highly anticipated remastered version of the classic ’90s video game Star Wars: Dark Forces (1995) just unleashed its first trailer, and it also comes with a release date.

The Dark troopers on the production line in the 'Star Wars: Dark Forces Remaster' trailer
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Dark Forces is part of the franchise’s “Expanded Universe” and takes place during George Lucas’ Original Trilogy, between Star Wars: Episode V — The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Star Wars: Episode VI — Return of the Jedi (1983).

It revolves around Kyle Katarn, a defector of the Empire who has turned mercenary for hire. As Katarn, players must infiltrate the Empire and learn about its top-secret Dark Trooper Project. The game also features the iconic villain Darth Vader.

LucasArts’ classic first-person shooter (FPS) is 28 years old, and it’s finally been given the remastering it deserves. Now, it can run on modern gaming consoles, with 4K resolution and 120 frames per second (except for the Nintendo Switch version).

The Star Wars: Dark Forces Remaster trailer also mentions “remastered cutscenes and content.” However, it should be noted that the video also states that some of the content is “pre-alpha,” meaning it’s “not final.” Check it out below:

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The classic FPS certainly puts the “blast” in “blast from the past.” Even with this huge enhancement, it still looks like a video game of old, but in a time where Star Wars seems to have lost that vintage feel that once made it so unique and magical, who needs the World Between Worlds when you can go back in time and revisit the “George Lucas era” with this retro classic?

Star Wars: Dark Forces Remaster releases on February 28, 2024. It will be available for the PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and the Nintendo Switch.

Darth Vader talking to an Imperial officer in the 'Star Wars: Dark Forces Remaster' trailer
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If you’re waiting for something that isn’t as old as Dark Forces, though, the open-world game Star Wars Outlaws (2024) will arrive sometime next year.

Like Dark Forces, it also takes place during the Original Trilogy, between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, while the developers have gone to great lengths to give the game a vintage feel. While Jabba the Hutt has been confirmed, it’s unknown whether other iconic characters such as Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Boba Fett, Darth Vader, and Chewbacca will appear.

Check out the trailer for Outlaws below:

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As per Ubisoft, here’s the synopsis for Outlaws:

Experience the first-ever open-world Star Wars game, set between the events of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Explore distinct planets across the galaxy, both iconic and new. Risk it all as Kay Vess, a scoundrel seeking freedom and the means to start a new life, along with her companion Nix. Fight, steal, and outwit your way through the galaxy’s crime syndicates as you join the galaxy’s most wanted.

If you’re willing to take the risk, the galaxy is full of opportunity.

Outlaws will be released on PlayStation 5, Windows, and Xbox Series X/S in 2024.

Have you played the original Dark Forces? Let Inside the Magic know in the comments down below!

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