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The next phase of Star Wars universe delayed into 2021

Star Wars: The High Republic event takes place 200 years before The Phantom Menace

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Cover art for Light of the Jedi by Charles Soule shows four jedi — including a wookie — against a bright blue sky. Image: Del Rey
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Star Wars: The High Republic, the ambitious cross-media collection of books and comics, has been delayed into 2021. The announcement came Tuesday at the official Star Wars website.

The High Republic is a new setting in the Star Wars universe that takes place 200 years before the events of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. The media onslaught will now begin on Jan. 5, 2021 with Charles Soule’s adult novel Star Wars: The High Republic: Light of the Jedi and Justina Ireland’s middle grade novel Star Wars: The High Republic: A Test of Courage. Then comes the young adult novel by Claudia Gray titled Star Wars: The High Republic: Into The Dark on February 2, 2021. Release dates for the comics, Marvel’s Star Wars: The High Republic and IDW’s Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures, will be announced some time in the future.

“Given these unprecedented times,” said Lucasfilm Publishing creative director Michael Siglain in the news release, “we have made the decision to move the launch of Star Wars: The High Republic to January 2021 to ensure that the launch is as grand and epic as it deserves to be.”

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