The return of Lucasfilm Games promises to bring new single player Star Wars video games to fans in the coming years and a reboot of Star Wars Bounty Hunter that focused on Jango Fetts mentor Jaster Mereel should be one of them. The Dark Horse comic, Jango Fett: Open Seasons, detailed the origin of Jango Fett and revealed how the True Mandalorians, led by Mereel raised him after his family was murdered by Death Watch, a traditionalist Mandalorian faction. Although Jango’s origin and the existence of Mereel for that matter were wiped from the Star Wars continuity with Disneys acquisition of Lucasfilm in 2012, a small Easter egg in the second season of The Mandalorian brought Mereel back into canon, leaving the door open for Jango’s origin to be retold potentially in video game form.
The 2002 video game, Star Wars Bounty Hunter, served as a prequel to Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones, and explored how Jango Fett was recruited by Count Dooku and became the genetic template of the Clone Army. Although not considered one of the best Star Wars games like KOTOR or Star Wars Jedi Knight II Jedi Outcast, Bounty Hunter is fondly remembered by many Star Wars fans and could be revisited, especially now that the Mandalorians have a central role in the franchise. Star Wars: The Clone Wars explored the Mandalorian Civil War between Death Watch and the True Mandalorians, while Star Wars Rebels focused on how Mandalore survived the Imperial occupation. Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni’s The Mandalorian, meanwhile, has only further cemented the planets place at the forefront of Star Wars, and the spotlight is set to continue with the release of The Book of Boba Fett spin off.
All of this makes the potential for a game set around a Mandalorian character more and more likely but rather than focusing on an established character from the films and live-action shows, like Din Djarin or the Fetts it would make more sense to take inspiration from Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Cal Kestis, and explore a more unfamiliar character like Mereel instead. Doing so in a third-person action game made in the Bounty Hunter mold would not only provide a great way of retelling a beloved story from Star Wars Legends, but contribute something new and valuable to the mythology of the Man dalorians in the current canon. It would also depict a period of the Star Wars canon yet to be seen outside of the comics or novels which would make for a refreshing change of pace given the most recent games have for the most part focused on the original trilogy.
A Star Wars Mandalorian Game Is More Likely Than Ever
Although Star Wars Bounty Hunter wasn’t as great as the other classic Star Wars games developed and published by Lucas Arts in the early 2000s, it is interesting to revisit in 2021, with it being the sole Mandalorian ed AAA Star Wars game, and having been released prior to all the various animated and live action series that have fleshed out the Man dalmatians since. Further still, the vast majority of Star Wars games have put players in the boots of a Jedi or some kind of soldier and the only other attempt to develop a Man manorial focused Star Wars game – Star Wars 1313 ended in cancellation, making Bounty Hunter a unique addition to the franchise. With the Man dalmatians now taking a central role in the saga though it seems increasingly likely that Bounty Hunter status as the sole Mando centric Star Wars video game will end sooner, rather than later.
There much that the new Star Wars canon is yet to reveal about the Mandalorians despite them having received a lot of attention since the release of The Clone Wars, and a video game could be just the thing to explore more of their mythology. Both T CW and Rebels have provided snippets of Mandalorian history prior to Star Wars Sky walker Saga but nothing along the lines seen in Legends stories like Dark Horse Knights of the Old Republic comic, which was set during the Mandalorian Wars. A potential Mando game needn’t have to travel that far into the past though there still much that Star Wars hasn’t shown regarding the Mandalorians even as recently in the timeline as The Phantom Menace, which is where Bounty Hunter Open Seasons, and Jaster Mereel could come in.
Bounty Hunter Should Be Rebooted, And Focus On Jangos Origin
If a Mandalorian video game was developed, it’s doubtful that it would focus on Din Djarin or Boba Fett. Although the two most popular Mandalorian characters, their exploits are currently being marshaled on Disney by Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni and stories of significance relating to either character are likely to be told on the same platform. Fortunately the most successful story-driven Star Wars games have tended to spotlight protagonists of their own making, whether that be fugitive Jedi Cal Kestis in Jedi Fallen Order or Knights of the Old Republics Revan meaning there’s precedent for a potential Mandalorian game to do something similar.
Such a game if it were to be made should capitalize on the Easter egg seen in the second season of The Mandalorian, and focus on Jaster Mereel taking a young Jan go Fett under his wing during the early stages of the Mandalorian Civil War, which Lucas film has so far only provided brief snippets of. Me reel himself may not be a brand-new creation like Fallen Orders Kestis or Darth Revan but the blank slate provided by Disney’s canon-wipe means he may as well be. He could prove to be a fitting protagonist for a future Star Wars video game because of this, especially one that detailed the origins of Jan go Fett, and fleshed out more of Mandalores history.
The original Jango Fett Open Seasons comic was written by former LucasArts developer Haden Blackman with art from Ramón F. Bachs and Raul Fernandez. It was published the same year as Attack of the Clones and Bounty Hunter released and like the game was designed to explore more of Jan go Fetts character who only had a marginal role in the film. Black man also wrote the story for Bounty Hunter, which influenced future Sith stories and provided the foundations of Mandalorian mythos that would later be explored in The Clone Wars and subsequent Star Wars offerings. Whereas Bounty Hunter focused on Jan go at his prime Open Seasons depicted his beginnings. The comic showed how Fett family was murdered by Death Watch a group later reimagined in The Clone Wars and how the True Mandalorians, led by Mereel, raised him afterward. The True Mandalorians train Jango until he eventually joins them in field operations. Mereel is sadly killed after another Mandalorian Montross the main antagonist of the Bounty Hunter video game refuses to come to his aid, leading to Fett becoming the group’s new leader.
A Bounty Hunter Reboot Could Focus On Jaster Mereel
Although it would be great to step into Jango Fetts boots in a new Bounty Hunter game Jaster Me reel is a lesser known character and could provide the perfect perspective from which to explore an era of Mandalorian history as of yet unseen in the new Star Wars canon. Lucas film has provided glimpses here or there of what the galaxy looked like before The Phantom Menace but nothing of what Mandalore looked like during that era. Its possible that this aspect of Mandalorian history could be explored in a future comic book or novel but its also something that video games specifically would excel in developing. A Mandalorian Star Wars game set prior to Episode I would enable players to immerse themselves fully in a relatively unexplored part of the galaxys history and potentially develop a new aesthetic set in between the High Republic era and the prequel trilogy.
Telling the origin of Jango through the eyes of his mentor Jaster would also suit a game perfectly because its important, but not immediately so. Its possible that the canceled Star Wars 1313 game Lucas Arts final project that would ve explored the rise of Boba Fett in between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope met its fate because of Lucas film plans to develop a Boba Fett spin off movie. That too was canceled but now fans have The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett, with the bulk of the character development now taking place on the small screen. Jan go although important isn’t as iconic as Boba and given that much of the per Phantom Menace timeline is still unexplored in the new canon, it could mean that a potential video game set around his early Manda orian journey wouldn’t encroach on Lucasfilms plans in film and television.
Done right a Bounty Hunter reboot that focused on Jaster and Jan go could be Star Wars’ version of Red Dead Redemption, switching between the two protagonists like Arthur Morgan and John Mart son in RDR2. Players could experience the burgeoning days of the Mandalorian Civil War and see how it divided the planet, while also witnessing the early beginnings of one of the galaxy most legendary bounty hunters. This way, the game would capitalize on the renewed focus on the Mandarins in wider Star Wars fiction, without piggybacking too heavily off of The Mandalorian. The bulk of Star Wars titles over the last decade have all had an original trilogy era focus too, so if Star Wars Bounty Hunter was to return re imagining Open Seasons may be the best way to do it.