UPDATE – A reader has spotted the lightsaber in ROTJ at the 2:07 mark of the Special Edition edit.
First things first, this article will feature campaign spoilers from the early missions in Star Wars Battlefront 2, so proceed with caution.
While Star Wars Battlefront 2 may be on your shit list for its loot crate debacle, you may want to reconsider picking it up to experience the campaign, which is turning out to be rather excellent and full of important plot points. In fact, within the first few hours you are treated to a few cutscenes that help to fill in key gaps between Return of the Jedi and the new trilogy that kicked off with The Force Awakens. In particular, these gaps are related to Luke Skywalker and his journey post Return of the Jedi.
Based on what I’ve read, the Battlefront 2 campaign is canon, so we have to take its story moments to heart as they do impact the franchise as a whole. With that being said, there’s one early mission in which you play as Luke Skywalker, who happens to be looking for the same vault on a planet called Pillio that an Inferno Squad agent has been tasked with finding. Early on in the mission you team up with this agent, who is named Del Meeko, and you eventually find the vault, which happens to belong to the Emperor.
Even before the vault cutscene though, you’re treated to a fairly major revelation about Luke Skywalker — at least to me — and it’s about his green lightsaber from Return of the Jedi. If you remember back to the end of Return of the Jedi — specifically the point in which Luke defeats his Dad and renounces the Dark Side — he casts his green lightsaber down and it’s never clear if he ever picked it back up. If you remember, as soon as he announces that he’s a Jedi Knight like his Father before him, Palpatine starts to zap his ass into oblivion. Vader eventually realizes that he’s watching his only son being murdered, so he saves the day and the two escape the exploding Death Star together. Although, we never see Luke pick up his green lightsaber, so it’s been a mystery as to what may have happened to it.
This mystery has now been amplified thanks to the impending release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, because fans are wondering if we will see Luke fire up a lightsaber, and if he does what will it look like. Well, based on this Luke Skywalker mission from Battlefront 2, it’s pretty clear that Luke must’ve gathered up his old lightsaber before fleeing the Death Star. Right from the get go he can be seen brandishing a green lightsaber, and while you could poke holes in that revelation because you can’t see the hilt, you do get an up close look at it once Luke and Del Meeko make it to the Emperor’s vault.
To me the hilt is the same one from Return of the Jedi. The only doubt that can be cast is due to the upper neck not looking copper in color, but you could chalk that up to the cave lighting making everything appear a bit darker, as well as natural weathering during use. Again, the hilt is dead on with the ridged handle and knobby pommel, as well as the Obi-Wan style neck, so I’m going with Luke did indeed recover his green bladed lightsaber from the Death Star and may possibly still have it with him in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Below you can see a few screenshots of the lightsaber from within the game, as well as from the film. The clearest example of how they match is from the shot of Luke on the sail barge in Jedi holding the weapon. The top looks weathered and very much like the top of the saber shown in the game footage. Check them out below to see for yourself. You can also check out this video for a clearer look.
By the way, this same mission has a second key Luke Skywalker revelation, specifically on how he found the first Jedi temple on Ahch-To. While in the Emperor’s vault Luke finds a compass and a star map that he’s very interested in and asks the Inferno Squad agent if he can keep it because the stuff is getting destroyed anyway. It’s later revealed that this compass leads Luke to the Force sensitive island, so I found it to be a pretty awesome link between the old trilogy and the new one, and it comes from a video game nonetheless.
Like I said, Star Wars Battlefront 2 is getting its teeth kicked in because of its multiplayer mode, but the campaign on the other hand is rather excellent, especially if you’re a die hard Star Wars fan who lives and dies by Star Wars lore nuggets. I can only hope the rest of the campaign is as exciting and plot revealing as its first few missions.
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