Friday, May 29, 2020

Release Delays of Star Wars: The High Republic

We know COVID-19 as had a major impact on life in general. In the entertainment world, television and movies have been postponed. Many movies basically have gone straight to streaming platforms. However, television and movies aren't just the only entertainment medium that has taken a hit. Several book releases have been pushed due to COVID-19 including the new Star Wars subseries, The High Republic.

The books and comics were supposed to begin releasing this August, but LucasFilm has come out and announced a new release date starting in 2021. The first two books, Justina Ireland's Star Wars: The High Republic: A Test of Courage, and Charles Soule's Star Wars: The High Republic: The Light of the Jedi, are now set for a January 5, 2021 release date. Claudia Gray's novel, Star Wars: The High Republic: Into the Dark, is now set to be released on February 2, 2021. The rest of the releases will follow soon after.

This news is very disappointing, considering this would leave many people with more books to read during the pandemic. However, this makes sense from LucasFilm's point of view. It just isn't possible to provide this new series a level of fanfare this new series deserves. Creative director of LucasFilm recently stated, "Given these unprecedented times, we have made the decision to move the launch of Star Wars: The High Republic to January 2021 to ensure that the launch is as grand and epic as it deserves to be."

And I am sure a lot of you, as well as myself, agree. The High Republic is a huge departure from the Skywalker Saga. This subseries is set 200 years before the prequel trilogy and is a time in the franchise where the Jedi were spreading peace and justice throughout the galaxy. If you are familiar with Star Wars lore, you will also recall this is around the time Darth Bane started his Rule of Two philosophy into the Sith Order. Also, given the rollout of new books and comics, there are also rumors there will be films associated with the time, to include Taika Waititi's upcoming Star Wars film. The rumor on the street is, these films will be similar to the Solo and Rogue One style of films and will not be a trilogy release.

What do you think? Should the release of the new subseries stay on the August timetable? After all, it is Star Wars and people will buy the product. Or do you agree with the decision on the 2021 release? Are you planning on buying any of the products? Let me know what you think about books, comics, and rumors about possible films. 

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