The Star Wars franchise has had a curious history with video game adaptions. First and foremost, many of the games that bear the name have been stellar (if you’ll excuse the cheap space pun), such as the SNES’s Super Star Wars and the GameCube’s Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader.
By the standards of the vast majority of adaptions, that’s miraculous enough. Beyond this, though, Star Wars titles have a way of adding new characters, missions and battles to the universe, in a way that doesn’t compromise or otherwise screw with established canon. A lot of the biggest Star Wars games have introduced original personalities and protagonists, and Visceral’s upcoming Star Wars title is set to continue that trend.
As Making Star Wars reports, the Dead Space devs have another space epic in the making. Details about their as-yet-untitled game are thin on the ground just now, but we’re told that the action will take place between the events of A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back. Further, the game will star a duo of heroes: ‘Dodger,’ a wanted criminal who has been on the run since he fled being drafted into Imperial service, and Robie Matox. Let’s take a closer look at the latter.
While Dodger is alleged to be the main character, Matox is going to play a central role as well. She is Dodger’s partner in crime, Making Star Wars reported last week, a woman in her thirties who lost her parents at a very young age (although who hasn’t in the Star Wars universe?). The young orphan Robie was taken in by the Wandering Star crime family, we’re told, and so it’s safe to say that she’ll be pretty darn handy in a fight. She’s not likely to have any qualms fighting dirty, either, or taking advantage of any opportunities that come her way.
Another interesting titbit is that, from her upbringing, Matox has a real aversion to droids. Whether this takes the form of a fear, distrust or a little of both, we don’t know, but what could this mean for the character herself? Perhaps it could even impact the gameplay in some way? As Will Smith’s character in I, Robot, Del Spooner, found out, being averse to androids and robots in a futuristic world full of them poses all kinds of challenges.
As for Robie Matox’s backstory, that’s really all we know for now. The game is still very much in the super early concept art stage, but everything that’s been seen so far depicts actress Natalie Morales (Parks and Recreation, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps) as Matox.
And that’s everything we know to date, hot off the rumor mill. All we have seen of the game from Visceral themselves is some brief footage of concept art and the like, so these things are to be taken with a pinch of salt, but we’re starting to form a picture of what’s to come. Let’s hope Visceral can do another space epic justice.