As we know, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi. But the more things change, the more they stay the same: Instead of being ruled by an Empire, the galaxy far, far away is ruled by an oppressive regime called the First Order. So how did the First Order come to power?
We don’t know. But according to a theory by Eurogamer, the roots lie in the canonical iOS/Android game Star Wars: Uprising.
In the mobile game, you play a smuggler who soon owes big money to a crime boss. You upgrade your gear and skills, gather a crew and crawl through dungeons. But the story, which is set immediately after the events of Return of the Jedi, is where the fun happens.
Eurogamer describes it in the video, below. In Uprising, the unscrupulous Governor Adelhard has decided to lock down his sector of the galaxy, so that no one knows about the destruction of the Death Star and the death of Emperor Palpatine—thus keeping himself in power. Because the Anoat Sector has been locked down, smugglers are smuggling food … as well as the treasonous knowledge that the Empire has been destroyed.
Smugglers, bounty hunters and citizens join forces in Uprising to spread the truth about the destruction of the Empire.
Eurogamer says, “Solid facts on anything else are few and far between at the moment, but it doesn’t take much to imagine that Governor Adelhard’s perch against the new resistance could be the origins of the First Order. Locked off from the rest of the galaxy, this galactic empire-inspired military junta would be free to grow in power.”
This, Eurogamer says, looks like the foundation of the underlying struggles in The Force Awakens.
It’s a solid theory, considering what we know about the First Order.
Do you think this mobile game leads into the events of The Force Awakens? Let us know in the comments—and come back on Dec. 18 to see if you’re right.
(Via Digital Spy)