The Star Wars 1313 dream is dead

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Star Wars games have been pretty terrible of late. Kinect Star Wars for the Xbox 360 was an abomination, Angry Birds Star Wars was actually pretty good save for the fact that it was Angry Birds and Tiny Death Star, though cute isn’t really much of a Star Wars game. There was a new hope; Star Wars 1313, a game that had players take on the role of bounty hunters instead of Jedi.

When we first saw it in action in 2012 with our own eyeballs, it blew our minds. Dark and gritty, It looked like a fine return to for for LucasArts. Here’s a look, to refresh your memory.

When Disney acquired George Lucas’ properties last year, the company shut down LucasArts and cancelled the game.Soon thereafter, they gave EA the licence to make Star Wars games, and it was hoped that EA might pick up where LucasArts had left off, and bring 1313 to life.

Unfortunately, it’s not to be. According to to the United States Patent and Trademark Office website, Disney has abandoned the Star Wars 1313 trademark. The trademark is now void, because “no Statement of Use or Extension Request timely filed after Notice of Allowance was issued.”

It was honestly the most promising bit of Star Wars media since Knights of the Old Republic, and now it’s more than likely dead. EA and DICE are busy re-invigorating Star Wars Battlefront, with a new Frostbite-powered entry in to the series set for release in 2015. i have to say though, that another multiplayer-centric Star Wars game really doesn’t excite me very much – though there’s talk of something open-world in the works. 

Last Updated: January 20, 2014

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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