Cast your minds back to 2012. A time where LucusArts were still in the business of making games, and Disney were not yet owners of one of the biggest entertainment franchises ever created. Back at E3 2012 a rather intriguing Star Wars game was revealed, which then cemented itself in the memories of Star Wars fans later that year at Gamescom. That game was Star Wars 1313, and it died a very public death a few months afterwards.
Just two months after Gamescom, Disney became owner of Star Wars and immediately scaled back LucusArts. The studio was then shuttered for good the following year, taking any hope of Star Wars 1313 with it. That flame was seemingly extinguished for good at the end of 2013 though, when the trademark for the title was left to rot in limbo by Disney – who had by then revealed that the game might have let players step into the boots of infamous bounty hunter Boba Fett.
It’s been nearly two years since then, which makes an interview with current Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy so interesting. Not only did Kennedy refer to Star Wars 1313 by name, but she might have given fans a lot of hope concerning its future. Speaking to Slashfilm, Kennedy explained how there’s an archive of Star Wars work that she and many others at Lucasfilm don’t want to go to waste.
No. No, interestingly enough, that’s an area we’ve spent a lot of time, reading through the material that he developed is something we very much would like to explore. And there was 1313 the game, where there was….
Caught off guard at the mention of 1313 at all, interviewer Peter Sciretta interjected here to proclaim his love for the game’s concept art, to which Kennedy replied.
Unbelievable. So our attitude is, we don’t want to throw any of that stuff away. It’s gold. And it’s something we’re spending a lot of time looking at, pouring through, discussing, and we may very well develop those things further. We definitely want to.
Now that doesn’t mean Star Wars 1313 is back on the production line. In fact far from it. It’s exciting to think that a game that has been dormant for nearly two years is suddenly on the mind of Lucasfilm’s head honcho, But that could mean Disney has other plans for some of the work done on the title. The same goes for material used to try and create a live-action Star Wars TV Series that was set to debut in 2009 – another project which Kennedy referenced in the interview.
EA still has some Star Wars titles cooking, the most exciting of which features Uncharted Writer Amy Hennig and Ubisoft veteran Jade Raymond. Hennig has already expressed how some influences for their unannounced game come from Star Wars 1313, and I still think that’s the closest we’re going to get to the title in game form. But who knows – there’s a reason Disney hasn’t yet forgotten its name.
Last Updated: December 10, 2015