Here’s a piece of minor Star Wars news that is quite interesting if you’re into that sort of thing. We’ve learned that orange lightsabers are back in the Star Wars canon, with the upcoming game Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order reintroducing them to the galaxy for the first time since Disney bought Lucasfilm and rebooted the expanded universe.
Prior to the Disney takeover, orange lightsabers had popped up in the Star Wars canon quite a few times in the iconic space opera’s various spinoff materials. There were, for example, orange lightsaber crystals in the beloved Knights Of The Old Republic game, if you knew where to look for them. But when Disney made the decision to wipe the slate clean and start afresh with a new universe of spinoffs, orange lightsaber crystals were among the vast selection of tiny little things that were resultantly deleted from the canon. They had never popped up in a film or a TV show – which are the only things that Disney kept in the canon – so orange lightsabers ceased to definitively exist within the official Star Wars universe.
Now, though, orange lightsaber crystals are making a comeback. EA has included the option to have an orange lightsaber in Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order – everyone that pre-orders the game will get one. The news was announced on the EA website and social media.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is a single-player adventure game that is developed by Respawn Entertainment and published by EA. Our US chums recently previewed the game and found it to be full of surprises. And since single-player Star Wars games are pretty rare these days, we were looking forward to it before we learned about the orange lightsaber side of things.
Other bonuses for pre-ordering the game include a colorful skin for the companion droid BD-1 (he can be orange to match your lightsaber!) and a brace of special hilts for your lightsaber (they’re called Mygeeto and Umbaran).
We’re always happy to see new Star Wars stories adding back in elements of the old canon that the Disney takeover deleted. Another recent example came from Claudia Gray’s novel Master & Apprentice, which used the Czerka Corporation (originally from the Knights Of The Old Republic game) as a villainous presence in its plot. Czerka has also been mentioned in Star Wars Battlefront II, doubling down on the fact that the company is definitely back in the canon.
We’ll be looking out for more winks and nods to Star Wars history when Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order launches on 15 November for PS4, Xbox One, and Windows PC.