Star Wars is this instantly recognizable property. Even if you aren’t a fan of the series, you know of concepts and ideas from it. I mean, you could even think things like lightsabers are cool. But there’s something else special about the series. It is its versatility. Because of the immediate recognition and everything people know about its lore and abilities, it lends itself well to any sort of crossover. In particular, every game that brings in a little Star Wars is a success.
Sometimes, this ends up being a huge affair. The Epic Fortnite Star Wars crossover is a perfect example. Initially, things started small. There was an Imperial Stormtrooper skin available back in November 2019. But then, after The Game Awards 2019, it was a Star Wars explosion. Even more skins and accessories arrived. People could dress up as Rey, Finn, and Sith Troopers. They could get emotes and pickaxes. It was so much fun. Best of all, it was mainly cosmetic, so it wasn’t like people had an edge if the Force was with them. And for the things that weren’t cosmetic, like the Tie Fighter crash site capturing and lightsaber damage challenges, you could get things done and enjoy without too much effort.
Other times, a Star Wars crossover lets things get silly. Let’s think back to SoulCalibur IV. This came out in 2008, at the same time as Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. As a surprise, that meant three Star Wars characters showed up as playable competitors. The Apprentice is playable, as are Darth Vader and Yoda. All three use lightsabers and the Force. Which fits in a game where everyone else also has a weapon, magical or supernatural abilities aren’t uncommon, and when an android like NieR: Automata’s 2B or Link from The Legend of Zelda appears, anything is possible. It is goofy fun.
We even get some practical, fun asides. When The Mandalorian launched, Disney didn’t realize how powerful Baby Yoda would be. There were no merchandise options for The Child. Except once people realized that a star was born, the character started showing. Most notably, Baby Yoda is in The Sims 4. The Child Statue is a sculpture that can be added to any room. The character is a free addition. It is a fun nod to a new series and an unprecedented success story.
There are even games that do subtle nods to Star Wars. They’re blink and you’ll miss it moments. Kingdom Hearts III is a great example. In the Toy Box Toy Story world, there are all sorts of toys flying around and attacking Sora and his friends. Some are these little flying mechs. What’s their name? Air Droids, just like the ones in Star Wars. Think it is just a coincidence that a Disney-related game has a name from another Disney property? Nope! The credits specifically credit Star Wars for the moniker. While they aren’t the droids you’re looking for, they’re close.
Star Wars is a force to be reckoned with. It has all of these elements that transcend the boundaries of normal genres. It can’t be constrained by one medium. It’s too big to stay within its own sphere. It keeps exploding into other places. And honestly? That’s exactly the way we want and like it.