Long before EA got the rights to create Star Wars video games, LucasArts and Factor 5 produced the Rogue Squadron trilogy. The first game was released on the Nintendo 64 and PC in 1998 and the second and third game landed exclusively on the GameCube a number of years later.
While Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader and Star Wars Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike are no longer readily available to the gaming public, the original game – Star Wars: Rogue Squadron – can still be purchased from various digital platforms such as GOG.com.
If you do decide to play it or your old copy on Nintendo 64, you might notice the close-range draw distance and extreme levels of fog from time to time. With this in mind, a group of Star Wars fans is currently working on a high-definition version of the first game in Unreal Engine 4. Take a look below:
It makes us wonder if there's a chance we'll ever get to play this series on a Nintendo platform again. Even a direct port of the original Rogue Squadron would be enough, similar to what we saw with the first two Turok games.
If you are seeking a Star Wars fix on the Switch now that you've seen this, unfortunately, you'll have to hold out until September, when Zen Studios releases Star Wars Pinball.
Would you like to see the Rogue Squadron series revived? What do you think of this HD facelift? Tell us below.
Welp. Off to figure out if this mod is publicly available.
This series is one of my biggest mistakes of missing out on during that era, especially considering to this day I still enjoy Star Wars, even if the new films aren't the best.
I was literally just talking about how I would like to see a Rogue Squadron collection a few hours ago on another post!
But sadly, no I don't think we will see the games get re-released in any from. Disney, which now owns Star Wars canned all of the expanded universe content, including games to focus on their "new canon". Since the Rogue Squadron games take place in the expanded universe (the REAL Star Wars in my opinion) I don't see Disney allowing it, or any other EU (what they call "Legends") material to be remastered or re-released.
We are lucky they even still allow the purchase of existing games, books and comics at all, considering how thoroughly they shut down everything about the Expanded Universe.
It looks amazing and we can only hope. I feel the best chance of this happening is If the community keeps making noise about wanting a Rogue Squadron remaster or even a new game in the series. It is likely a Star Wars Game in this genre will be made at some point. The problem is EA probably feel the space sections in Battlefront are enough. Keep making noise guys, they cannot ignore it if all the fans are demanding it. Then hopefully we will have a Rogue Squadron Star Wars game released on Switch at some point.
It would be nice if someone could get there hands on the Star Wars Rogue Squadron Trilogy that was planned to be on the Wii.
Id love a hd rogue swuadron trilogy maybe even battle for naboo too. Dont see disney and ea doing it though. EA really waste the potential star wars has for games.
Could Disney remaster or port Rogue Squadron or would they have to wait for EA's license to end?
Dang! Loved the original series, but this is beautiful. Hoping they release it publicly
@Heavyarms55 - To be fair, the MMO The Old Republic is still running, and a couple of old games (original Star Wars Battlefront and Episode 1: Racer) were recently added to GoG and Steam, so clearly there's at least some interest in selling "Legends" material, just not as much as stuff from the current canon (which is probably fair enough).
Personally, I'd be fine with a remastered collection of the trilogy for Switch, but even that's prob unlikely, given EA controls the video game side of Star Wars.
I got excited for a split-second...a remake/sequel to Episode I Racer would be amazing. :c
One of my favorite N64 games, I still have the cartridge and play it once in a while when bored. I remember it was a nightmare trying to get gold on each mission, but that was one of the greatest achievement I got when I was a kid (that and learning english by myself just to be able to understand Ocarina of Time).
The EU was never canon.
i hope one of these days disney makes the right decision to give the star wars game rights to someone who knows wat they are doing and no more lootbox crap.
I remember sitting down with my brother and switching this on for the first time, it was mind blowingly beautiful. This game really made you proud to be an N64 owner.
Looks pretty sweet! But it's missing all the tiny little sprite stormtroopers scurrying on the ground.
@Fandabidozi Yes, it was. It was secondary to the real movies(the originals and later the prequels), but it was.
You'd have a better chance of drinking liquid nitrogen and living to talk about it, than you would of changing my stance on that. Don't waste your time trying to convince me otherwise.
I will never respect anything Disney has done with SW because of how they have treated the EU.
@FullMetalWesker It'll never happen. Disney and EA have only "allowed" those things to happen because of pressure and financial interests. At best they will bastardize content from the EU, like Thrawn, TIE Defenders and other popular ideas to use in their own so-called canon.
If such older games did get enough fan pressure to warrant a re-release, they'd likely get shipped with glaring warning calling them non-canon, like that disgusting "Legends" memo tacked onto every Kindle version of the EU content now.
I am not saying people cannot enjoy Disney and EA's efforts, if that's what you like, you do you. But you'll never talk me into respecting Disney's Star Wars. You can enjoy it among yourselves.
I remember when IGN did two interviews with Factor 5 President Julian Eggebrecht, and he clearly stated that the Rogue Squadron Trilogy for Wii was complete and it was running on some dev kit. He said if Disney and Lucasfilm can get their act together (maybe EA too), they could port it to Switch in HD.
See this trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-X8C_8nJQ4
That looks amazing, would grab this if it ever came to light
@cmonstar Good lord I want that to happen! But also holy crap do I doubt it ever will!
I’m three quarters of the way through Star Wars: Dark Nest Trilogy 1: The Joiner King, not unlike your drinking liquid nitrogen in most respects.
One of my all time favorite games.
@Fandabidozi agreed it really wasn’t.
To be honest I would just like to have star wars game on switch
@Fandabidozi You and I are officially incapable of getting along. Have a nice life and let's never speak again.
I desperately want this series to come back. It's particularly frustrating that they actually completed a remastered trilogy on the Wii which never got released. Fingers crossed that gets some up-rezing and can see the light of day soon.
The original has aged a little but Roque Squadron II on GC still looks the dogs balls. I would love an HD trilogy. Someone make it happen please!
Man i miss this era of Star Wars games. They had so many good ones coming out one after another. Such a shame that licence is stuck with EA now. I really feel that stunts the creativity and variety we used to get.
@Heavyarms55 Ironically, there actually is an unreleased yet completely finished Rogue Squadron Trilogy game for the Wii. It even included an added MotionPlus lightsaber duel minigame! Unfortunately, there were some major legal issues that heavily delayed its release, and by the time those were cleared up, the Wii had already been replaced by the Wii U, so they just sat on it (a decision with which I highly disagree.
Unfortunately, even if people in the right places did want to go ahead and release it now (since even the SNES is getting brand new games these days), I have no idea how they'd clear up the mess of legal and licensing rights between the demise of Factor 5, Disney's buyout of Star Wars, and EA's current Star Wars video game contract.
@Heavyarms55 1st The EU was never considered canon to George Lucas. He could wipe away anything from the EU with a stroke of his pen. For example The Clone Wars TV show and Ahsoka herself just do not fit in with old EU canon.
2nd, Disney have no problems reissuing old Star Wars games. All Star Wars games are still available on Steam and GOG.com also got a massive game drop when Disney controlled the company. It was thanks to them I got a copy of Star Wars Supremacy again. Various original Xbox Star Wars games have been added to backwards compatibility and even been part of Games With Gold promotions. Super Star Wars was released on the Playstation 4 after Disney acquired Lucasfilm. They even bundled Star Wars Racer, Jedi Star Fighter and Bounty Hunter as a bundle when the first EA Battlefront came out.
yeah, star wars pinball is a good substitute for rogue squadron. just like how a bad port of ac3 is just as good as getting ac odyssey.
i swear to god NL, stop insinuating that the star wars pinball game is going to quench the rogue squadron/battlefront sized thirst held by switch star wars fans. its insulting.
Is there any similar game as Rogue Squadron on Switch? Star Wars world is great but not a must to play something like this.
@Trikeboy When Lucas still owned it, of course he always had the final say on anything and could do what he wanted. But he only occasionally overwrote things and often willingly used things that began as part of the EU. It was a tier system, where Lucas was the top and the EU was secondary, but it was still canon. Frankly the EU was mostly better than Lucas, but we owed him our respect.
Until he sold SW, now he bathes in money and we don't owe him the time of day.
@BensonUii You'd be missing a huge amount of story and world building, yes. It would be like reading the 5th book of Harry Potter first.
You wouldn’t have a scooby what was going on if you hadn’t read all the Young Jedi Knights books and then all of the New Jedi Order. They are very much one continuous story.
I’ve been reading through all of the EU post ROTJ in order and it’s been quite a journey. The great books definitely outweigh the couple bad ones. Definitely recommend.
As for ToR I’ve not read any of that stuff although I’ve heard its all really good. I’ll start on that once I finish this part of the timeline.
I’ve always fancied the Mass Effect books but haven’t had the time yet. I can highly recommend The Commonwealth Saga, Part 1: Pandora’s Star by Peter F Hamilton. It’s phenomenal.
I want that Wii trilogy that was basically finished. Bring THAT to Switch!!!
I want REAL Star Wars games on Switch, not Pinball. I would love to see an HD remake of Rogue Squadron. Frankly I think Jedi: Fallen Order should have been made available on Switch too. I don't see anything so far from what was revealed to indicate that the Switch couldn't run the game. It was made in Unreal Engine so the fact it's not on the Switch is just laziness on the developer's part (it's not an online-only game like Battlefront so therefore being able to play it on the go would have been perfect).
I've been asking for rogue squadron since the 3ds came out and I would have been happy for a port in the same vain as starfox 64. This makes me drool for a switch release or even a spiritual successor in the Disney canon. I'd take a Black Squadron where you play with Commander Poe Dameron instead of Rogue with Luke.
@LaytonPuzzle27 I have all 3 games & still play them to this day. I kept an old television just so I could keep playing my N64 & GameCube!
Now, where is the flying car?
@DarthFoxMcCloud I was talking about the canceled Factor 5 game.
@Heavyarms55: "It was a tier system, where Lucas was the top and the EU was secondary, but it was still canon." - Correct, you are. The general rule was that as long as it didn't contradict the movies, it was, or at least could be considered canon. Then there were instances where EU stories conflict with each other. An example would be how the 1st Death Star plans were acquired: Kyle Katarn, that Twi'lek girl whose name I can't remember? New canon has it being the crew of Rogue One.
@Yorumi: To Disney, it's basically easy money.
@redwingleader: I'd be ok, with something to that extent. Rogue Squadron would be better, though.
@EpicGamenator: I was just thinking about that, when I read the article.
@LaytonPuzzle27 I realized that after I read through more comments. LOL! I hope that gets a HD remaster for Nintendo Switch. I've linked this article to my Twitter asking Disney & Star Wars directly to do it! Hope if enough people demand it to happen, Disney will take notice!
If Disney respected the fans, they would never have green lit Rian Johnson's script ruining Luke Skywalker. No, Lucasfilm will not go out of its way for something like this because Disney simply couldn't care less.
People can still hack their Wii U and install the Rogue Squadron GC games, I did that with Rogue Squadron III. I better keep my Wii U for that, we won't get Star Wars games anytime soon, only Lego ones.
@BensonUii The books are Revan and Bane I can highly recommend!
@Capt_N Yes that did happen. But it was often fixed later on. I believe in that case it was explained that either they both got the plans or different parts of the plans. It's been a while so I cannot recall exactly.
@Heavyarms55 Actually, the EU was third tier. Tier 1 was George Lucas canon, or G-Canon, Tier 2 was TV canon, T-Canon, Tier 3 was the EU, C-Canon. Which is why The Clone Wars has inconsistencies with the old EU. Heck, even the cartoon Clone Wars is more canon than the old EU and that was over exaggerated. It would have also included any live action shows that they made, but never did.
@Yorumi Well, I hear that "Fallen Order" is EA's last chance before they potentially lose the license. EA themselves seem to be taking this threat seriously, as they've already promised not to use loot boxes this time.
@Heavyarms55: Actually, I forgot to mention that. I can't say for certain, but I believe the conflicting canon was resolved by each character getting a different piece of the Death Star plans. I loved Rogue One, but I like the idea of Kyle, and Rianna Saren getting the plans, better.
@Yorumi: I do agree with spreading the license around. I think Disney, however, is afraid of other studios creating canon, other than what they want, or something having to do with them not wanting the SW license in other hands, besides a very few they select.
Craziest part is I don't think this looks much better than 2 and 3 running in HD. Those games were insane technical masterpieces.
It’s a great idea. The fact that it hasn’t been remastered is baffling. Like classic movies, low selling games should be ported to modern systems whether it’s playstation, Xbox, windows, Nintendo Switch, the newer DS devices, even mobile. These games deserve a facelift, port, remaster...something.
I think it is inevitable with the way games are being remastered, remade, and adapted to newer systems these days, that it is safe to say once Factor 5 works out its legal issues with manufacturers, that we may see 1/3 of the Star Wars trilogy adapted to a modern console. A Nintendo release is likely. It will happen later than sooner. Until then, like the article states, its available on PC.
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