Final Fantasy 10’s Blitzball minigame is now, strangely, an official part of Star Wars canon.
The fantasy sport – which is essentially underwater hockey played by the people of Spira in Final Fantasy 10 – is alluded to in Star Wars: Brotherhood, a novel centering on the adventures of Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi during the Clone Wars.
As spotted by GamesRadar, author Mike Chen shared a series of Easter eggs from the novel on Twitter (below), revealing that he’s a big fan of Blitzball and therefore included it in the novel.
#6: There is a reference to a sport called Blitzball being played at a local lake. Blitzball is basically underwater hockey played as a minigame in Final Fantasy X. As a former NHL writer, I loved Blitzball and spent hours winning leagues. pic.twitter.com/uad4uIMcrA
— Mike Chen – LIGHT YEARS FROM HOME is now available! (@mikechenwriter) May 17, 2022
This is just a passing reference, but the sport is mentioned as something played at a local lake. Chen confirms that it’s no coincidence and comes straight from Final Fantasy, saying that he’s a huge hockey fan and therefore loved the mini-game.
That’s not the only video game reference in the book, although the other is much more on-brand. A Jedi called Jaro Tapa (from the video game Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order) is mentioned in the book and is seen with a “red-haired youth”, whom Chen confirms is the protagonist of Fallen Order, Cal.
There are several other references and easter eggs included in Star Wars: Brotherhood that Chen unpacks in his thread, including the basis for certain plot points (like the giant space corgis based on his dog).
There will likely be several other hidden references to the growing franchise, with last weekend’s Star Wars Celebration revealing the new Andor Disney+ series and video game Jedi: Survivor, and confirming The Mandalorian Season 3 is coming next year. next.
For absolutely all the Star Wars news from the event, check out IGN’s roundup of everything announced at Star Wars Celebration 2022.
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