Several new Star Wars games were announced earlier this year with few details about their storylines, but given the success of The Mandalorian series, fans will be hoping that at least one of them will be about the Mandalorian people. The Mandalorians have a code of honor and a fascinating warrior culture which is perfect for the video game medium. Whether the focus of a game is on the Mandalorians themselves or simply features them, there is so much a potential game could explore.
Of all the upcoming Star Wars games, two could be the most likely candidates for a Mandalorian game, and both were announced in January 2022. The first contender is the first-person shooter being developed by Respawn Entertainment. Little is known about this new story-focused Star Wars FPS, and it spotlighting a Mandalorian would make for a refreshing change of pace compared to the rebel and clone-focused shooters of yore. The other possibility is the story-driven open-world game announced by Ubisoft.
Mandalorians have featured in previous Star Wars games, most notably in Knights of the Old Republic. However, many of the games with Mandalorian characters are now part of Star Wars Legends and are no longer considered canon. There has only ever been one Star Wars video game to have a Mandalorian as the main character, and that was Star Wars: Bounty Hunter, where players controlled Jango Fett. A Mandalorian-focused Star Wars game could bring aspects from Bounty Hunter back into Star Wars canon.
New Star Wars FPS Could Reestablish Mandalorian Lore
A new Star Wars FPS would give developers a good chance to dive back into Mandalorian lore now relegated to Legends. Most of the lore surrounding the Mandalorians originates from KOTOR and was then further expanded on in the MMORPG Star Wars: The Old Republic. Players of KOTOR learn from Canderous Ordo about his people, and later with the help of Revan, Ordo becomes the leader of the Mandalorian people known as Mandalore the Preserver.
Small pieces of this lore have been introduced back into canon through Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels. However, with such a considerable time skip between events of the Old Republic Star Wars games and the animated and live-action series, Mandalorians and their culture could have changed significantly. This allows for the reintroduction of key parts of Mandalorian lore and the expansion of further mythology seen in The Mandalorian series.
A new FPS based around Mandalorians could follow on from the ending of Star Wars Rebels and have players play as or aid Sabine Wren as she searches for Ezra Bridger. This storyline could allow the Mandalorian Civil War elements seen in Rebels to be brought into the spotlight. Another option would be to set the FPS during the Civil War between Mandalorians loyal to the Empire and those fighting with Bo-Katan Kryze to free Mandalore.
An Open-World Star Wars: Mandalorian Game Makes Perfect Sense
The idea of an open-world Mandalorian Star Wars game is a more intriguing possibility as it would allow much more player freedom. Although Mandalorians are warriors, different classes could still be implemented, such as more stealth-based rogue-like characters or even dipping into a Mandalorian who is Force-sensitive. As most open-world games tend to be RPGs, this would suit players who want to make their own Mandalorian character.
An excellent place to start for a story-driven open-world game would be during the great purge of Mandalore, also referred to by Moff Gideon as the Siege of Mandalore. Players would have to fight against the Empire, perhaps saving others along the way in an attempt to get off the planet. This could be interesting for a Star Wars Mandalorian game depending on which clan the player’s Mandalorian belongs to and whether or not they are Children of the Watch, similar to Din Djarin.
Later in the game, the player could find themselves on Nevarro, perhaps as a member of the Bounty Hunters’ Guild or looking to join up. The player could take part in the events of The Mandalorian season 1, episode 3, “The Sin,” and aid Din Djarin’s escape. This would allow developers to bring in characters from The Mandalorian series, such as The Armorer, Paz Vizsla, or Greef Karga.
As viewers of the series will know, the Empire returned to Nevarro after Din Djarin cleaned out their safehouse, and it is implied they massacred the Mandalorians living there. Another mission for the player could be to save who they can from the Empire and help save more of the covert. A Star Wars open-world game could further expand on this by having the player help relocate the covert or help the survivors find somewhere safe to live.
Mandalorian Star Wars Game Could Crossover With Live-Action
A new Star Wars game about Mandalorians and their culture could link into The Mandalorian series but also create new characters. Recently Lucasfilm and Disney appear to be using more content from animated series and games in their live-action series. Hera Syndulla from Star Wars Rebels appears in Star Wars: Squadrons and a BD-type droid from Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order featured in Book of Boba Fett. Now more than ever, the Star Wars galaxy feels connected across films, books, TV, and video games.
Using characters throughout the Star Wars franchise goes both ways with the possibility of game characters appearing in live-action. Casting for recent Star Wars games has involved actors who have on-screen experience and not just voice acting. Cameron Monaghan, who plays Cal Kestis in Fallen Order, also lends his face to the character, which opens up the possibility of Cal appearing in a Star Wars series or movie.
Star Wars and The Mandalorian have many great Mandalorian characters to choose from as companions or quest givers. Given the popularity of The Mandalorian and Book of Boba Fett, it makes sense for one or more upcoming Star Wars video games to feature or focus on them. Both Pedro Pascal and Temuera Morrison both have voice acting experience. Morrison has already appeared in several Star Wars games, such as Star Wars: Empire at War and both of the recent Star Wars Battlefront games from EA. Basing a Star Wars game around Din Djarin could be difficult given that the series is ongoing, so creating a new character for players to control would be the most logical choice.