I know EA DICE wanted to be spot on, on every aspect of the new Star Wars Battlefront game, but to my knowledge Luke Skywalker always used a blue lightsaber; in the previous games as well as the movies. Why is it that he has a green lightsaber in the game? Maybe because it's in beta?
3“to my knowledge Luke Skywalker always used a blue lightsaber” — um... I hate to break this to you...– Paul D. WaiteFeb 16, 2016 at 20:24
1@PaulD.Waite maybe the OP is extremely blue/green colour blind? :p– TheynaOct 18, 2016 at 19:05
Luke's blue lightsaber was lost when Vader removed his hand in Cloud City. The outfit he uses in the Battlefront beta is the outfit he wears at the beginning of Return of the Jedi, complete with green lightsaber.
As to why Dice chose to use this particular costume, I'm not entirely sure. Thematically, at the Battle of Hoth, Luke was in a standard orange Rebel Pilot uniform with his blue saber. If I had to speculate, I'd imagine that Dice thought that the Black uniform from RotJ would make it easier to recognize Luke from a distance, especially if there are or were plans for Rebel Pilot uniforms as an option for standard troops on that map.
As of January 27th, 2016; On the Hoth map, Luke is skinned with the costume he wears at the beginning of Empire Strikes Back, complete with his Blue Lightsaber. This may be because in this version of the Battle of Hoth, Luke is not piloting a Snowspeeder.
2Wow ok it seems I was the one overlooking a large part of the series. Thank you so much for you answer! @Sconibulus– OilOct 13, 2015 at 14:10
9From what I've heard the current ROTJ model is just a beta placeholder, they are going to have a proper Hoth model in the full game. Oct 13, 2015 at 16:37
From an out-of-universe speculative perspective..
In the Battle of Hoth available during the beta you'll notice that the terrain is white, and both empire and rebel normal troops are wearing primarily white to blend in.
Vader always has the same black costume, which has stark contrast from the white background.
Since, in the game, Luke and Vader are meant to be similar in terms of balancing, it would be slightly unfair for Luke to be able to blend in better with everyone on the rebel side - if he had the correct costume.
So he has the black costume, complete with green lightsaber, to match Vader. This might just be temporary while they mess with more major balancing issues and continue adding assets to the game.
1I considered this as a possibility, but rejected it because bright orange stands out just as well, if not better. I believe that's the canonical reason the pilots wore orange as well. Oct 13, 2015 at 20:30
1@Sconibulus I was actually thinking this answer supplements the "Black uniform from RotJ would make it easier to recognize Luke from a distance" portion of your answer. (providing the reason why that matters - especially if there are plans for other pilots) Though the comment about just being a beta placeholder would make even more sense. Oct 13, 2015 at 20:52
A recent update changed Luke to use his Hoth costume from The Empire Strikes Back, which includes a blue lightsaber, on any Hoth map:
He still uses his Return of the Jedi costume and green lightsaber on Tatooine and Endor maps (since that's what he wears on these planets in ROTJ) and on Sullust, which doesn't appear in any of the movies, but presumably isn't cold enough to wear Hoth gear.
Green is the color of the "Jedi Consular" class of Jedi. They are kind of the mediators and peacekeepers of the Jedi order but aren't afraid to get physical if the situation demands it.
Source. Refraining from drawing their lightsabers (many Consulars wielded green lightsabers) except as a measure of last resort, Consulars spent a great deal of time studying the mysteries of the Force.
2Welcome to the SF&F Stack Exchange. We appreciate your effort to answer a question. However, it would help if you could cite a source for your answer. Having a source goes a long way toward verifying your potential answer. Oct 14, 2015 at 6:01
1Source: starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Jedi_Consular Refraining from drawing their lightsabers (many Consulars wielded green lightsabers) except as a measure of last resort, Consulars spent a great deal of time studying the mysteries of the Force.– JimboOct 14, 2015 at 6:30
It is a Legends answer though.... ;) Feb 16, 2016 at 19:50