Planets We Want to See in the Next Open-World Star Wars Game

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While Ubisoft's new open-world Star Wars game is probably a good couple of years away, that won't stop the wheels from turning on all things anticipation, speculation, and expectation for what is set to be the most epic game in the faraway galaxy fans could have ever hoped for. Naturally, before any trailer or any details have even been released, Star Wars fans and gamers alike will inevitably draw comparisons with other ambitious and perfectly executed open-world games, such as Rockstar's Red Dead Redemption 2, and specifically previous Ubisoft titles like the Far Cry and Assassin's Creed entries.

But the truth is we know very little. With that said, if the trailer for Ubisoft's open-world Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora is anything to go by, we can expect something that is, at the very least, hugely immersive and epic in size. And what more could we want from an open-world Star Wars game. However, Ubisoft might already be thinking they've bitten off more than they can chew. After all, the fictional universe of Star Wars is easily the biggest of all, spanning hundreds of years of storytelling across countless star systems, home to equally countless species and a huge roster of characters.

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Fans will already be asking many questions: Who will you play as? Will you be able to customize your character? Explore space? Whole planets? Will you need to eat, earn galactic credits and go about your daily life? Experience the transit between worlds in real-time? The list is endless. But there's one thing people are already dying to know, and it's probably at the top of that list: What planets will the game feature? By rights, as it's Star Wars, it should feature every single planet that's ever been mentioned – but hold your dewbacks.

Unfortunately, we have to be realistic, and Ubisoft has quite the task on its hands. They've chosen to develop an open-world Star Wars game of all things, but they obviously have something ambitious up their sleeves. As well as Avatar, Harry Potter is also getting its own open-world title in the form of Hogwarts Legacy, but it goes without saying that Star Wars needs to be bigger than both those games combined. But if it is to make some sacrifices (because no game is perfect - here's looking at you Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order), then here are some planets the game must, at the very least, include.

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Coruscant

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The city world, once home to the Republic and capital to the galaxy, where countless cultures and races meet, will likely be the first planet on the minds of many, as it's the kind of place you'd expect from an open-world Star Wars game. While its surface is vibrant and lavish, with towering skyscrapers, majestic architecture such as the Jedi Temple, and streams of sky-based traffic lanes, its underbelly is a different place altogether, a neon-lit underworld whose many levels run deep into the planet's surface, and one that is far seedier than its overhead-counterpart.

Exploring this rich, hustling, bustling world is a must. But if the open-world game chooses to exclude this electric, multi-cultural metropolis, without substituting it with the likes of other city worlds such as Alderaan (rest in pieces) or Mandalore, then we're already out (but not really).

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Mon Cala

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The Mon Calamari, such as Admiral Ackbar, share their name with their homeworld, an oceanic planet that they inhabit alongside several other subaquatic races. In terms of animation and live-action, the planet has only ever appeared in The Clone Wars, in episodes "Water War" and "Gungan Attack". However, as the species that dominate the planet are sentient, the underwater world includes artificial structures as well as natural features, which together make Mon Cala a rich ecosystem worth exploring.

Alongside a city world, naturally, there must also be an oceanic one. Sure, they're both at opposite ends of the planetary spectrum, but that's the whole point. Imagine being able to dive into the oceans of Mon Cala, experiencing a world that Star Wars otherwise has little time for.

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Felucia

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Star Wars rarely focuses on ‘eye candy', more often than not opting for sun-baked, desert planets like Tatooine, or bleak, rocky worlds like Nevarro, as seen in The Mandalorian. But games – especially open-world ones – do tend to lean into aesthetically pleasing environments. And there isn't a more perfect world for such a thing than Felucia. You might recognize it from Revenge of the Sith – it's a planet covered in enormous plants and fungal life-forms, with forests inhabited by all sorts of alien creatures, all the while drenched in vibrant colors.

In fact, it's not unlike Pandora from Avatar (although there is already a moon in the faraway galaxy called Pantora, strangely enough). The Star Wars game will undoubtedly feature some of those aforementioned desert planets, but having Felucia would make for a welcome change of scenery.

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Kashyyyk

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Chewbacca's homeworld is a temperate jungle planet, where Wookies dwell in tree-based structures built from both organic and non-organic materials. Coral reefs, islands, tropical oceans, and deep rainforests also populate the surface of this world. However, while they may appear primitive, the Wookies are actually a sentient species, and were involved in the Clone Wars, as seen in Revenge of the Sith - but that's the first and last time we ever saw the planet in live-action.

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We have, however, seen Kashyyyk in previous Star Wars gaming titles, such as the Battlefront series, but being able to actually explore the jungle-clad planet and meeting and befriending the huggable Wookies along the way, would be a treat for any Star Wars fan, and would likely leave them growling with satisfaction.

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Tatooine

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Including Tatooine on this list is more about being fair. It's not that we don't want to see Tatooine, or that we really need to have the planet in this game – it's that we understand a planet as iconic and as significant as this one, simply can't be left out of an open-world Star Wars game. While the desert planets can suffer from overuse where Star Wars is concerned, Tatooine is where the story began (depending on where on the timeline you begin – but we are of course talking about A New Hope).

The hot desert planet is iconic for many other reasons too – the Jawas, Mos Eisley, and the binary suns. And while the likes of Coruscant would offer an incredible experience for players, there would be something very Red Dead Redemption 2 about being able to explore Luke's homeworld.

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Naboo

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There is no other planet in the faraway galaxy that's as idyllic as Naboo – a peaceful world home to humans and the Gungans, detailed with swampy marshes, rolling green hills, cities that boast elegant, royal architecture, large bodies of water, and beneath them the advanced Gungan cities. Naboo is so peaceful, though, that it's probably the kind of open-world destination where you couldn't imagine wanting to cause trouble. With that said, it is home to the Gungans, so your patience can only hold for so long.

But on a serious note, Naboo is a must for the open-world Star Wars game, and is a prominent feature in Star Wars canon, having appeared several times throughout the prequel trilogy and The Clone Wars. It's also ideal for people who don't like sand.

We do have a few other honorable mentions, such as Pantora, Mandalore, Alderaan, Dagobah, Endor, Geonosis, Shili, and Ryloth, to name but a few. But it's fair to say that an open-world Star Wars game should include everything that's on this list and more. As for whether everything it will feature will be instantly accessible remains to be seen. So long as there's a variety of worlds available, though, we're confident the Force will be strong in the upcoming Star Wars game.