"Star Wars 1313 was set in the seedy underbelly of Coruscant with a focus on the worst scum and villainy in the galaxy, promising a storyline far away from galactic politics, angst-ridden Jedi, and brooding Sith lords."
A year ago today, Lucasarts announced that it would no longer be developing video games. With that announcement came the news that Star Wars 1313 will no longer be released. It was a cruel blow to franchise fans who had long been awaiting a new video game that didn’t necessarily include clones or Knights of the Old Republic. The wound grew even deeper months later when it was revealed that the cancelled game was set to put players behind the signature visor of the legendary bounty hunter Boba Fett. Star Wars 1313 was set in the seedy underbelly of Coruscant with a focus on the worst scum and villainy in the galaxy, promising a storyline far away from galactic politics, angst-ridden Jedi, and brooding Sith lords. It was a third-person shooter that was drawing favorable early comparisons to the Uncharted franchise, and many fans, myself included, still lament the fact that we lost the Boba Fett game that we hoped Star Wars: Bounty Hunter could have been.
The final nail in the coffin seemed to arrive at the end of 2013, when Disney chose not to renew the trademark for Star Wars 1313. But enough with the past - let’s wildly speculate about the Star Wars gaming franchise’s future and specifically how likely it is that some version of the cancelled project might still see the light of day.
"Could it be that Visceral is working on a spiritual successor to the much-hyped 1313 project as another concession to its fans?"
First let’s take a look at Electronic Arts, the publisher that recently purchased the rights to the Star Wars license. Electronic Arts is so hated by gamers that it was named the “Worst Company in America,” both in 2012 and 2013, beating out the likes of Comcast, BP, and Bank of America. Fortunately, EA is well aware of the vitriol, so when they announced that they would be taking over the Star Wars license, the first game to be revealed was Star Wars: Battlefront, appeasing many fans disappointed by the cancellation of Pandemic's Star Wars: Battlefront III. EA also announced that the studio Visceral was working on an untitled Star Wars project-- could it be that Visceral is working on a spiritual successor to the much-hyped 1313 project as another concession to its fans?
There's evidence to suggest as much. After all, with Visceral coming off of the Dead Space franchise, it would be easy to imagine the same team moving on to work on another third-person science fiction shooter with a darker edge. We also know that a standalone Boba Fett film is in the works, which would lead one to believe that the guiding hands of the franchise might want to bring the adult version of the character back into the limelight within other media as well.
"If Amy Hennig and Visceral are indeed working on a renamed version of Star Wars 1313, nothing has been officially announced to that effect."
Perhaps most promising is the announcement that Amy Hennig - who until recently was the creative director behind the Uncharted franchise - has joined Visceral to work on their currently unnamed Star Wars project. Considering the many comparisons drawn between 1313 and the Uncharted franchise, would it be beyond the realm of possibility that Visceral sought to bring on board the person responsible for the franchise that influenced 1313 the most? If Amy Hennig and Visceral are indeed working on a renamed version of Star Wars 1313, nothing has been officially announced to that effect. Considering the evidence, however, it might be just enough for fans to build up some hope for the project. I am quietly optimistic myself - but I also realize when it comes to playing the Boba Fett game that I always wanted, it might be better to brace myself for disappointment.
Article by: Nick Walge