Fans hail emotional 'Star Wars' game trailer as best teaser of the year
Josh Elliott, CTVNews.ca
Published Monday, October 10, 2016 11:00AM EDT
Last Updated Tuesday, October 11, 2016 3:56PM EDT
There was a great tremor in The Force this weekend, as "Star Wars" fans hailed a surprisingly emotional cinematic trailer for an upcoming video game.
The trailer, titled "Betrayed," shows a female Jedi Knight trying to rescue her wayward daughter from the clutches of a Dark Side cult, in hopes of turning her back to the side of good. The six-minute teaser includes a spectacular lightsaber fight and some emotional moments between mother and daughter, in what some have described as essentially a short film. The clip is entirely computer-generated, with a few lines of dialogue and lots of emotional music.
The trailer is for the upcoming "Knights of the Eternal Throne" expansion pack for the online game, "Star Wars: The Old Republic," due out Dec. 2. However, you don't need to know the game to enjoy the trailer, which is produced in its entirety by the production company Blur Studio.
Many fans praised the trailer on social media this week, with some crowning it "the best Star Wars movie of 2016." Their praise came despite the pending release of "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story," the first in a planned series of live-action, feature-length prequel films from Disney.
https://t.co/8qUrSFia9f A freaking trailer is better than star wars episode 7 OMG— ShaaaaunTheMeh (@HyunaYoonSicTTS) October 11, 2016
This trailer for the new Star Wars Old Republic expansion is a really good Star Wars movie... https://t.co/lUJj5sD0Sd— DracuLeo Camacho (@LeoZombie) October 10, 2016
It wouldn't be the first live-action film deal to come out of Blur Studio's work.
Blur Studio was founded by Tim Miller, who made his feature film directorial debut earlier this year with the superhero film "Deadpool." Miller also directed the Deadpool test reel trailer that went viral a few years ago, which eventually led to 20th Century Fox approving the full live-action film.
Several of their video game trailers play like short films. In 2013, for instance, Blur produced a brief TV spot for "Batman: Arkham Origins," in which the superhero's origin story plays out over an emotional 20 seconds. Young Bruce Wayne is shown at the centre of the frame, looking slightly older in shot after shot as he goes through various hardships on his road to becoming Batman. The final image shows young Bruce all grown up and wearing the Batman mask.
Blur has produced cinematic cut-scenes for a wide range of top video games, including "Batman: Arkham Origins," "Halo Wars 2," "BioShock Infinite" and the "Assassin's Creed" series. The company has also produced commercials and title sequences for films, although it hasn't put out its own feature film to date.
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