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Star Wars 1313
Star Wars 1313
Released: Cancelled
Developed by: LucasArts
Published by: LucasArts
Genre(s): Action-adventure

Star Wars 1313 is a third-person action-adventure video game that was being developed and published by LucasArts,[1] but was subsequently cancelled. The game would take a more mature, gritty direction compared to past Star Wars video games and emphasize fast-paced, gadget and weapon-based combat using tools exclusive to bounty hunters rather than Force and lightsaber-based combat.[2][3][4]

On April 3, 2013, it was announced that The Walt Disney Company had ceased internal development of all projects at LucasArts, including Star Wars 1313. Company representatives have indicated that the game may be revived through a licensing deal with an outside studio, but until then Star Wars 1313 remains cancelled.[5]

DevelopmentEdit

While being developed in-house by LucasArts, the game was undergoing an integrated development approach that involved Industrial Light & Magic, Lucasfilm Animation and Skywalker Sound.[1] The game's title was trademarked in May 2012,[6] and the game was announced later that month by LucasArts. The game was officially revealed at E3 2012 the following month.[7] Spike TV broadcast a sneak peek on June 4 showing exclusive gameplay footage.

It was being developed on top of Unreal Engine 3, as shown in the latest Developer Diary called "Descent to the Underworld".[8] The diary video shows the game running in 64-bit mode with the Direct3D 11 rendering path.

On March 1, 2013, it was reported that the game had been "on hold" ever since The Walt Disney Company's purchase of Lucasfilm, stating that Disney will focus mostly on Star Wars film-related projects. However, a LucasArts representative reported that "Star Wars 1313 was continuing production".[9]

On April 3, 2013, it was announced that The Walt Disney Company had ceased internal development at LucasArts, laid off its staff with the exception of a skeleton crew of less than 10 employees which would allow LucasArts to remain open as a licensor.[10] As a result, all projects were shut down, including Star Wars 1313. A Lucasfilm representative stated: "After evaluating our position in the games market, we’ve decided to shift LucasArts from an internal development to a licensing model, minimizing the company's risk while achieving a broader portfolio of quality Star Wars games. As a result of this change, we've had layoffs across the organization."[5] It is possible that Star Wars 1313 may resume development by an external developer, but until that happens Star Wars 1313 remains cancelled.[11] Following the halting of internal development at LucasArts, Disney announced an exclusive deal with Electronic Arts to produce Star Wars games for the core gaming market. However, Disney Interactive Studios retained the ability to develop, and LucasArts retained the ability to license, the franchise for the casual gaming market.[12] When asked whether Electronic Arts would continue Star Wars 1313 and Star Wars: First Assault, a representative for the company stated, "We are not announcing any specific titles at this time."[13]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 LucasArts Drops Gamers into the Criminal Underworld with New Mature Themed Videogame Franchise, Star Wars 1313™. LucasArts.com (2012-05-31). Retrieved on June 5, 2012.
  2. Parker, Laura (2012-05-31). Star Wars: 1313 revealed. E3.gamespot.com. Retrieved on June 5, 2012.
  3. Senior, Tom (2012-06-01). Star Wars 1313 casts you as a bounty hunter in "dark and mature" new third person shooter. PC Gamer. Retrieved on June 5, 2012.
  4. Cooper, Hollander (2012-05-31). Star Wars 1313 revealed, will put us in the boots of a bounty hunter. GamesRadar. Retrieved on June 5, 2012.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Sal Romano. Disney shutters LucasArts, Star Wars 1313 canceled [Update]. Gematsu. Retrieved on April 3, 2013.
  6. Star Wars 1313. Tarr.uspto.gov. Retrieved on June 5, 2012.
  7. Anthony Gallegos (May 31, 2012). E3 2012: Star Wars: 1313 Officially Announced. Star Wars 1313. IGN.com. Archived from the original on September 24, 2012. Retrieved on June 6, 2012.
  8. Developer Diary: Descent to the Underworld. GameTrailers (2012-08-23). Retrieved on August 26, 2012.
  9. Brenna Hillier (1 March 2013). Star Wars 1313 "continues production", according to LucasArts. VG24/7. Retrieved on April 3, 2013.
  10. Disney to Shut LucasArts Videogame Unit. The Wall Street Journal (2013-04-03). Retrieved on April 18, 2013.
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  12. EA takes helm from LucasArts, will exclusively develop future 'Star Wars' games. The Verge (6 May 2013). Retrieved on May 6, 2013.
  13. EA Snags Exclusive Deal To Make Star Wars Games. Kotaku (2013-04-04). Retrieved on September 10, 2013.

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