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Star Wars 1313 “continues production”, according to LucasArts

Thursday, 28th February 2013 23:20 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Yesterday, industry whispers indicated that Star Wars 1313 had been nudged onto the backburner by Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm. Apparently this isn’t the case after all, according to a representative from LucasArts .

Update

When reached for comment on the matter, a LucasArts representative told Kotaku (via D’toid) that “Star Wars 1313 continues production.” So that’s good news, then. Original story follows below.

Original Story

Kotaku claims more than one source for word that the project was put on hold after Disney acquired Lucasfilm in November. The game is now expected to skip E3 2013, and miss its projected 2013 launch.

Another source told the site that 1313 was first conceived under the title Underworld in 2009, as a tie-in to a live-action TV show, set between the prequel and original trilogies.

The original plan was for an open world RPG in the spirit of BioWare’s Knights of the Old Republic, but enhanced by episodic DLC updates.

In 2010, the TV show was shelved and the game was rewritten as a standalone title, and the source said LucusArts went through a transition, planning a number of Star Wars-licensed clones of popular titles like Call of Duty and even Farmville. During this upheaval Underworld became Hive, and turned into a third-person action adventure ala Uncharted.

Sometime in 2011 and 2012, the source said George Lucas saw the game and suggested a number of Star Wars backstories be woven into it, further derailing the project’s tentative story plans. When 1313 debuted at E3 2013, it still didn’t have a story or characters, the source added.

LucasArts hasn’t commented on Kotaku’s story, and is sticking by its previous messaging that the project has not been cancelled.

Check out the Star Wars 1313 gamescom trailer below to remind you what you’re missing. Information on the project has been thin on the ground ever since its media debut, leading to much speculation that it would be a next-gen release.

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8 Comments

  1. Dark

    http://gematsu.com/2013/02/star-wars-1313-continues-production-says-lucasarts

    #1 2 years ago
  2. TD_Monstrous69

    I really hope not. Because this looked to be a really interesting enhancement to an already enhanced universe in Star Wars.
    Also, holy shit, I didn’t know VG247 had a time machine, @ E3 2013, really? What else was there?
    Sorry, don’t mean to be a dick, just noticed a funny little typo is all.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. SplatteredHouse

    “LucasArts has been working diligently to take advantage of the tremendous opportunities that the new Star Wars movies present,” – LucasArts spokesperson, to Kotaku.

    Telling quote? If the show it was intended to accompany/take inspiration from (ala, Defiance) didn’t happen, and this “For weeks we’ve heard from multiple sources that the Disney purchase of LucasFilm (which includes LucasArts) has reoriented the company’s gaming division. The focus is on the new trilogy, not on material that is unrelated to the planned JJ Abrams-directed Star Wars: Episode VII.” turned out to be accurate, then it’s probable that 1313 will re-appear around the time of the film as a tie-in.

    There’s an interesting extent of detail at the Kotaku link about the development of 1313, and LucasArt’s plans that were in motion, prior to acquisition.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Erthazus

    1313 looked like a generic Uncharted Rip Off in SW galaxy. Lucas Arts did fantastic trailers with Force Unleashed and in the end game was bad.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Digital Bamboo

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DgZIYdFmZqc

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Ali

    There is always a 50/50 chance that a revealed SW title is gonna get canceled.

    Honestly, I am not interested.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Digital Bamboo

    @3 I really don’t like the sound of that. Star Wars 1313 was one of my most anticipated games of this year. They don’t need to revise a thing. It looks incredible as it is.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. manamana

    Next time a Star Wars related title is on show, I will scream: http://youtu.be/4F4qzPbcFiA

    Really, Star Wars was a blast last-gen confronted to the utter shite this gen has been. And by the looks of it, it is going to be a dark future for the generations to come. If they only continued Battlefront …

    #8 2 years ago

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