Timeline Breakdown - The Battle of Hoth (Part 1 of 2)


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Aug 21, 2021
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NOTE: Due to Youtube embedding limitations, this article is split into two parts. The link for Part 2 is at the end of the article.

Hey there, Rebelscum fans! Winter season is here, and nothing is colder than the icy planet of Hoth. We’re heading to one of the most prominent planets of The Empire Strikes Back in our week of coverage, so make sure to check out our “Expand Your Mind” base article first to learn about how the sequence was conceived, shot, and designed. Just make sure to come back throughout the week for more articles and Bobby’s video coverage.

The Battle of Hoth was a big change of pace for the Star Wars films. Although A New Hope featured an amazing space battle sequence, Lucasfilm had yet to show an epic ground battle between Imperial and Rebel forces. As a result, the Battle of Hoth immediately sparked the interest of video game creators. It’s been a popular playable level since the original Star Wars game of the ‘80s. Here are some of the best Hoth-centric video games.

  • The Empire Strikes Back (1982) - You can’t beat the original. Parker Brothers’ original Atari 2600 and Intellivision game prominently featured Hoth in its retelling of the film’s narrative, and with no saves available it was a tough opening level!

  • Star Wars Galaxies (2003) - The first MMORPG before The Old Republic featured a prominent appearance by Hoth, and the planet showed up in expansion packs Jump to Lightspeed, Rage of the Wookiees, and Trials of Obi-Wan.

  • The Force Unleashed: Ultimate Sith Edition (2009) - In the alternate version of the events of the classic trilogy where Starkiller kills Vader and becomes Palpatine’s new apprentice, the Dark Side Galen ventures to Hoth and duels Luke Skywalker.

  • Rogue Squadron (1998) - Hoth was the birthplace of the Rogue Squadron band of pilots that would go on to have countless adventures in books, comics, and games. The group’s origins were developed in the original classic game.

  • Shadows of the Empire (1998) - Bridging the gap between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, Shadows of the Empire begins with a retelling of the Battle of Hoth that segways into the new narrative.
Continue reading part 2 of this article here!