8 Great Japanese Studios Can Make A Star Wars Game

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If these talented Japanese studios put their own spin on lightsaber fights and space adventures, it could be good for the Star Wars property.

A lot of fans and reviewers are happy with Star Wars Jedi: Survivor right now, with Metacritic scores in the 80s. The only exception is PC players, who are having a rough time right now. Hopefully, after some fixes, things will get better for them. Even though it’s great that this game is doing so well for EA and Respawn Entertainment, it’s hard not to wonder what could have been.

For example, what if EA stepped away and Disney gave the Star Wars franchise to some of the best Japanese game developers? Could they make a game as good or better than Star Wars Jedi: Survivor? Here are just a few well-known companies that might be able to handle such an important job.

Atlus

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In this world, Atlus could make a great game. They could set it in two different times. One is during the time of the Old Republic, when Jedi were thriving, and the other is in the future, after Rey probably takes up the training of Jedi again.

The main idea is to make a game like Persona, in which young Padawans go to school. Go on dates, and go on training tasks. So, these two times are important because there needs to be some kind of Jedi establishment, unless the game is about an Imperial Academy, which could also work.

Capcom

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Capcom has made a lot of great game series. The Resident Evil team might be interested in making a Star Wars game with a horror theme. But it’s hard to see how horror would work well in this world. The people behind Devil May Cry could make the Star Wars Jedi games more exciting. But the combat in those games is already good.

So, the crazy idea is for Capcom to make a game called Monster Hunter. Set the game on a single planet where the people are nomads and there isn’t much technology. The game could even be played by a Wookiee.

FromSoftware

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The Star Wars Jedi games take a lot of ideas from games like Soulslike. So, who better than FromSoftware to make another game in this series? Both Star Wars Jedi games don’t go hard enough, so they could focus on their standard gameplay.

There must be old castles in the huge Star Wars world where the game could take place. That would be the Dark Souls way. But FromSoftware could also make a game like Elden Ring with an open world.

Koei Tecmo

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The Omega Force branch of Koei Tecmo should get this licence as soon as possible. There have been so many high-profile spinoffs of Dynasty Warriors. It’s hard to believe that they haven’t been given the role before.

Fans of the Persona games got one with Persona 5 Strikers. And fans of The Legend of Zelda got two Hyrule Warriors games. When players kill a lot of Battle Droids, Star Wars Jedi: Survivor feels like a Dynasty Warriors game, which is why Koei Tecmo came to mind.

Kojima Productions

Big Boss in Metal Gear Solid 3

Think about how crazy a game made by Hideo Kojima at his Kojima Productions company could be. What kind of game would he make it? Since most of Kojima’s work, like Metal Gear Solid, has been in the stealth genre, a sneak action in Star Wars sounds interesting.

Set it in either the original trilogy or the new trilogy and have spies from each rebellion go on missions to join the bad guys. If Disney hadn’t already made Rogue One, a game about the group that stole the plans for the Death Star would have been interesting, but Kojima must have other ideas.

Konami

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Konami doesn’t make many games today. But you can be sure that if they were given this licence, they would jump at the chance. Leave stealth gameplay to Kojima and instead make a Star Wars game based on Castlevania. Both of the Star Wars Jedi games are already Metroidvanias.

Like a Metroidvania, players get new Force powers or tools to open up new paths. Make this a small game that can be downloaded and keep Cal or another main character in one place. Maybe Konami could bring back the idea of Boba Fett for Star Wars 1313.

Nintendo

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There hasn’t been a new Star Wars game for Nintendo in a long time. They also deserve some love, and Disney could use the fact that they have a lot of great companies. Intelligent Systems, which mostly works on the Fire Emblem games, could come up with one of the coolest ideas.

They could make a strategy RPG that would be great to see in any of these movie trilogies. Imagine putting together a group of clones to fight Battle Droids or a group of rebels to fight the Empire. Slope Game could even let players pick a side for some crazy things to happen in an alternate past.

Square Enix

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Since Disney bought the Star Wars licence, Square Enix fans have hoped that Luke, Han, or any of their other favourite characters would show up in Kingdom Hearts. Same thing with Marvel heroes. Will either of these series be a part of Kingdom Hearts 4? It’s hard to say, but we’re crossing our fingers.

That’s a possibility, but Square Enix should also try to make a new Star Wars game. There are already a lot of action games in the series, so Square Enix should make a turn-based RPG with a Job system like the original Final Fantasy. Atlus should also try to make games in this style, but Square Enix doesn’t need any simulation features.

Star Wars Jedi: Survivor was launched on PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X on April 28, 2023.