If there’s one game that got my midichlorian count flowing at E3 last year, it was Star Wars 1313. A Star Wars game set in the bowels of the underworld, that had you playing as a cool rogue with a blaster instead of a noble Jedi for once? Man, the force felt strong in that idea, especially with those high level visuals that could melt your eyeballs. Things have changed for Star Wars company Lucasarts since then. Such as the fact that Disney now owns them, leaving Star Wars 1313 in a carbonite status of frozen.
Kotaku recently did a round up of sources, with industry insiders claiming that the gaming is on hold right now. Originally scheduled for a release some time in 2013, the game will be skipping that date, and won’t even be seen at E3 this year either. Originally conceived as a tie-in to the proposed Star Wars TV series Underworld, which would have taken a weekly look at the seedier side of that galaxy far, far away, the game was going to have a play-style similar in tone to Bioware’s beloved Knights of the old republic.
Of course, that show never came to be, leading to the game to be rewritten as a standalone, taking influences from Uncharted to become a third person adventure game. After George Lucas saw the game between 2011 and 2012, he suggested that more Star Wars backstories be shoved into that title, which put the more original narrative ideas into a precarious position. Man, I’ve always said that the worst person for Star Wars lately is George Lucas himself, but this just hammers that point home.
And if you think back to E3 2012, the reveal for the game was more of a tech demo, as the characters seen on screen weren’t even confirmed to be appearing in the title. Lucasarts is keeping their plans for the game closely guarded, Bothan spies be damned, and when prodded to find out if the title had been cancelled, they responded to Kotaku by saying that “LucasArts has been working diligently to take advantage of the tremendous opportunities that the new Star Wars movies present. Star Wars 1313 continues production.”
I’m really hoping that something is still going on with this game. They’ve got the tech to make it, and now they just need the story. The location of the game, a hive of scum and villainy deep beneath the capital planet of Coruscant has already made an appearance in the rather excellent Clone Wars TV series, so hopefully that’s a step forward for the legitimacy of the game.
Last Updated: March 1, 2013