Would someone make my Order 66 game already?
While listening to a recent episode of the "Uplink" podcast, the host responded to a question from a listener that got me thinking as well: If you could make a pitch for any video game to get made, what would you want?
If I could will any video game into existence, I think I would combine two of my recent favorites and most played games, "Star Wars Battlefront 2" and "Friday the 13th: The Game."
My pitch would be to make "Star Wars: Order 66."
For those not super-familiar with the Star Wars canon, Order 66 was the Emperor's secret plan to destroy the Jedi by having their clone troopers turn on them at the end of the Clone Wars.
Order 66 was first seen in "Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith," and has appeared in several video games already. Its most recent, and probably best executed, appearance in a game came in 2019's "Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order," where we see Order 66 from the perspective of a young Cal Kestis, the protagonist, with the majority of the game taking place years later.
My take on an Order 66 game would be to make its main mode be an isometric multiplayer game like "Friday the 13th: The Game." But instead of having one player controlling the hockey mask-wearing killer Jason and up to seven other gamers playing as counselors trying to survive, I would have one player controlling a Jedi and the rest being the clone troopers trying to hunt him down.
Since the multiplayer mode wouldn't have to worry about adhering to Disney's canon, gamers would get to choose which Jedi they get to play as, selecting from favorites like Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda, Mace Windu and even Anakin Skywalker, even though technically he was already Darth Vader at the time of Order 66, just not in the suit yet. Likewise, gamers would be able to customize their clone trooper with different weapons and perks.
My game also would include some offline modes as well. In addition to having the multiplayer mode playable offline by yourself (from both the Jedi and clone trooper perspective), the game could have its campaign that followed Quinlan Vos, a Jedi master mentioned in Episode III and who appeared in the "Clone Wars" animated series. Vos has been mentioned in books and comics since then as a Jedi who likely survived Order 66, but we don't know how just yet.
A game could be a great way to tell that story. The story would start at the end of the Clone Wars. In "Episode III," Obi-Wan mentions that Vos is on the planet Boz Pity. That would give you some time to get to know the clone troopers fighting with him so that their sudden turn with Order 66 would have more impact. The game's story would then show how Vos survived in the days, weeks, months and years after Order 66 and explain why he isn't around to help Luke in the battle against the Empire during the Original Trilogy.
I have plenty of more ideas about the game to help developers get started. So if Lucasfilm Games wants to reach out to me, my email address is below.
Dusty Ricketts can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. He is currently playing “Marvel's The Avengers." You can find him to play online through his PlayStation Network ID: DustRAG316.