[Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens](tag:711158) was pretty great, right? But you know what else is great? Knights of the Old Republic, arguably the finest Star Wars video game ever made, and the Star Wars: The Old Republic MMO.
Though it was met with generally positive reviews when it first released back in 2011 The Old Republic never quite managed to make the same waves that KotOR did. But it still has its merits and the massive success of the new film can only push its popularity upwards from here (we hope).
Ever since The Force Awakens was unleashed fans have been wondering about the possibility of crossovers between the film and the game, but canon poses an issue here. After The Walt Disney Company's acquisition of LucasFilm The Old Republic was removed from the cinematic universe and now is placed firmly in the Star Wars Legends canon, which offers a slightly different version of events from those of the films.
So The Old Republic doesn't form part of the same canon as the force awakens. Furthermore it's worth nothing that the events of The Old Republic are set many thousands of years before the events of the prequel films (more than 3,500 years to be exact) so direct lines being drawn between the two seem even more unlikely.
Rather little concepts and references can be taken from the games to be used in the new film (and vice versa) as they are no longer bound by continuity, such as the homages Star Wars 7 pays to Knights of the Old Republic.
So whilst it's perhaps not very likely to happen there's a couple of characters in Star Wars 7 who are both established to be very, very old and also are in desperate need of some more back story. Yep, we're talking about enigmatic smuggler Maz Kanata (Lupita Nyong'o) and Supreme Leader Snoke of the First Order (Andy Serkis).
Maz was one of the breakout successes of The Force Awakens despite the fact that she didn't have the biggest role. Established to be a badass in her own right despite her size, she might not be a Jedi but she's still pretty damn resourceful.
But she is actually a Force Sensitive, but was never trained as a Jedi. This may be partly to do with the fact that she regarded history as an on-going struggle against the call of the dark side, not just for herself but for everyone. Though she kept it hidden for many years she used her connection to the Force to uncover objects such as Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill)'s lightsaber and to exist as an outsider, gently prodding the young Force Sensitive Rey towards her destiny as a Jedi.
Her part in the original Star Wars 7 script kept changing around, which led to a shot of her handing General Leia (Carrie Fisher) Luke's lightsaber in the trailer being cut from the completed film for narrative reasons. We don't know exactly how old she is, but Han Solo (Harrison Ford) states that she has run her castle for more than 1,000 years.
Does this mean she could be old enough to appear in The Old Republic? Maybe. Would we like to see her there? Definitely!
Supreme Leader Snoke
Perhaps the biggest mystery of The Force Awakens was the commander of the First Order, Supreme Leader Snoke. Who is this giant, tortoise looking man? Oh wait, he's not a giant he's just a hologram. What does he want with Rey (Daisy Ridley)? And why doesn't he seem to want to kill Luke Skywalker? Why are we so creeped out by the fact that he took Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) as a child? (Okay, we know the answer to that one).
Clearly Snoke was very powerful at some point as he's described as "skilled with the dark side of the Force", perhaps as a Sith, a First Order Knight or otherwise. But where does he come from? What's his story? There's clearly a lot of questions needing answered about the mysterious Snoke.
We know that, like Maz, he's very old (though his exact age is never specified), and has been around longer than the rise and fall of the Galactic Empire. So it's not totally crazy to suggest that he could appear in The Old Republic, though a lot of that is down to continuity.
However! The fact remains that the identity and backstory of Supreme Leader Snoke is one of the big ones in the Star Wars film canon, and until they unveil that onscreen it seems pretty unlikely that we'll be given any of his backstory until his full story is outed. After all, the mystery is a big part of his appeal as a character.
So, Snoke showing up in The Old Republic is certainly less likely than Maz making an appearance. Well we can dream...