I think something like this is long overdue. Dark Forces and Shadows of the Empire are two of my all time favorite games, and mostly because they put me in the SW universe, but not as one of the main characters and not as some Jedi. I've always felt that the SW universe was this massive place we got to see so little of, and the majority of the people living in this world don't use the force.
Of course, Dark Forces and Shadows of the Empire were both really good games for their time, I have my doubts LucasArts is even capable of producing a quality title anymore, I am fully expecting a typical generic 3rd person affair that fails to do anything substantial or ground breaking or even be on par with its competing titles. The Force Unleashed was absolute crap and is probably the best they've made in several years. They know with SW titles they don't have to try to make an amazing groundbreaking product, with the SW label on it, it is going to sell regardless.
I'd truly love a fun SW game set in the classic SW universe. I am not going to get excited about this or follow its production (because LA simply hasn't shown themselves to be a developer worthy of getting excited about), but if it comes out and gets above average reviews, I might just go out and drop some money on a silly Star Wars game for the first time since... Jedi Knight II... wow, can't believe it has been that long (or as I like to call it, Star Wars: Dark Forces III: Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast).