Just moments ago, Lucasfilm dropped a major, unexpected bomb that is going to have ramifications for Star Wars fans for years to come. Without any warning, they released an announcement trailer for the next phase of Star Wars. As we conclude the Skywalker Saga, it’s time to look back more than 200 years before The Phantom Menace to a different age. The age of the High Republic.

This new direction in storytelling will carry across all formats from publishing to video games, and most likely to TV and Movies if it is well received. In it, we are going to meet a group of Jedis who are more like a cross between the knight of the round table and Texas Rangers. As they deal with the ramifications of a great disaster, they must also contend with a band of villainous space Vikings named The Nihil. These marauders live by the creed “You can’t take it with you, but we can take it from you.”

Set 200 years prior to the events of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, the Galactic Republic and the Jedi Order are at their height, serving and protecting the galaxy.