Star Wars 1313 looked like it could have been beautiful

Concept art for the Star Wars game that could have been.

Star Wars 1313 isn't coming out, but some concept art for the game that surfaced recently will make you wish it did.

The images were made by Filmpaint Studio in Los Angeles, which provides the movie, comic book, and game industries with concept art, storyboarding, and other visually oriented services.

Under the Production Art tab on its website, you can find a few beautiful pieces commissioned for Star Wars 1313 in 2009.

You can see a few of them below, and even more on Filmpaint’s website, where you’ll also find early concept art for The Amazing Spider-Man film, Tron: Legacy, and many other big franchises.

From the red-light district to the abandoned lower levels in Coruscant (the Ecumenopolis where the game was set), Star Wars 1313 looked like it was going for a grittier, more realistic tone. One of the descriptions on the images even compares it to Blade Runner.

Star Wars 1313 was originally announced at E3 2012 as a next-gen Star Wars third-person action adventure game from LucasArts. The game, said to feature bounty hunter Boba Fett as its protagonist, was reportedly canceled in April 2013 when Disney closed LucasArts.

Disney has since abandoned its trademark for Star Wars 1313 and the game's creative director, Dominic Robilliard, has joined the PlayStation team where he is working as a design director for an unspecified project.

Disney and Electronic Arts signed an agreement last year to make the Battlefield publisher the exclusive creator of Star Wars games going forward. This deal spans 10 years and multiple projects, including a new Star Wars: Battlefront game from Battlefield creator DICE.

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123 comments
watchdogsrules
watchdogsrules

SEE, this is why you do not give star wars to disney.

flashn00b
flashn00b

IMHO, Disney should give the star wars license to Flying Wild Hog for a Dark Forces reboot, though one may argue that it'd just be Shadow Warrior with lightsabers.

AceRoccola
AceRoccola

 I'm still pissed about this. We haven't had a good Star Wars game in years. And now that Disney is in charge we're probably just going to get an endless series of mobile games and other cheap, casual garbage. And the worst part is that said garbage will surely make them a fortune, like all the other worthless "buy a turn" pseudo-games that are currently dominating the market.

jerusaelem
jerusaelem

I'm sure the concept art for Knack looked amazing too.

Ayato_Kamina_1
Ayato_Kamina_1

Just give me another single player KotoR and I'll be happy.

simon1812
simon1812

I was a little sick that the first gameplay footage of this game had such Mass Effect feeling to it, still I think it would' ve been worth a look.


also "The game, said to feature bounty hunter Boba Fett as its protagonist" really? is that right? 


http://www.gamespot.com/videos/star-wars-1313-sizzle-trailer/2300-6391826/


nope, no Boba Fett...


http://www.gamespot.com/videos/star-wars-1313-gameplay-video/2300-6380652/


nope...


http://www.gamespot.com/videos/star-wars-1313-gameplay-video/2300-6380649/


nope...I might be wrong but I dont think I heard anything about Boba Fett being lead character to this game til now...but what do I know?, it isnt my job to keep up with this kind of news and stuff...


I think if they have shown the Fett in all his bounty hunter glory instead of the "luke-look-alike" and "Mr. Not-Boba Fett" the game would have enjoyed a better reception than it did. just saying that for the sake of being a jerk, no reason why new characters cant have the spotlight in a SW game.


also bad timing for 1313, most ppl were waiting , as they have been for  almost a decade, for the announcement of SW:Battlefront 3 as unlikely as it may have seen.


I think in later years, or maybe after SW:Battlefront 3 have had his time to shine , the announcement of 1313 being picked up by a publisher/developer will be well received by the community.

rarson
rarson

What a shame. This definitely looks like the coolest Star Wars game I've seen in the last decade, at least. I was really looking forward to it.

diabolical_nova
diabolical_nova

Was really looking foward to this game. It makes me sad that it never got into development...

amdreallyfast
amdreallyfast

I had hopes for this game, but from the little gameplay that surfaced, it looked like a beefed up Uncharted engine and similar combat system with a Star Wars paint job.  If it got canceled so fast, then I am guessing that it wasn't shaping up to be very impressive.  This art will remind me of what the game could have been, but the gameplay that surfaced didn't seem to be anything worth calling home about.

If Boba Fett was going to be the protagonist, then they needed to make a very different environmental interaction system than Uncharted in space.

og_bladez
og_bladez

Whoever made the decision to can this game can eat a bag of dicks. This was THE most promising Star Wars game in years. I think we should start a petition to resurrect this game.

bhales
bhales

After the quickly-abandoned Battlefield 3 and the fiasco that is Battlefield 4, I have lost a lot of faith in DICE.  A shame, since the rest of the BF series was great fun.


Advice to DICE: build on your core strengths, what you do best, rather than try to clone Call of Duty.  There IS a market for a thinking-man's shooter rather than just Rambo twitch-fests.

vicsrealms
vicsrealms

The only thing that could make this bit of news worse, would be to show pics of Half Life 3 or Half Life 2 Episode 3...or what could have been the real ending of Mass Effect 3.

Nightelf123
Nightelf123

why you people say star wars games suck ?

star wars had great games from 1993-2006 and after 2006 the quality of it's games begin to dropped.this is the list of perfect star wars games in my opinion:

x-wing franchise,super star wars franchise,jedi knight franchise,rogue squadron (1,2) ,kotor 1 and battlefront franchise.

heretrix
heretrix

That game was never coming out. It was all bullshit from the start- you can tell they had no concept of what the game was going to be, it was just a tech demo. Even if Lucasarts didn't shut down, game would have been drastically different from what they showed. Shutting down Lucasarts was a mercy killing.That studio has been screwed up for years.

CaptainHerlock
CaptainHerlock

I'm sure elements of this game will emerge in something else. 

EdAl2112
EdAl2112

Don't worry. I'm sure there will be a movie tie-in under EA. Those are always awesome!

Sevenstorms
Sevenstorms

EA fuck you for canceling Star Wars 1313 !!!! One of your biggest mistakes ever !!!!! This game would of been a hit !!!!

killatwill15
killatwill15

its all downhill since Disney declared all the lucasfilm tie ins non canon

NikIvRu
NikIvRu

Ah...rubbing salt in the wound I see.

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

The E3 demo/presentation was awesome. It felt familiar and like it copied a bit from Uncharted 2, but it excited me. It looked great and the gameplay looked fun. The Force Unleashed gave us wonderful control over force powers and light saber fighting. It looked like SW:1313 was going to address the more human side of the universe with some force sprinkled in. Sad that it won't see the light of day.

deadpen
deadpen

I heard they are working on a new game though. It is suppose to be epic, there will be a huge planet with giant trees and ewoks, millions and million of ewoks. No guns though.

lostn
lostn

Thanks Disney.

endorbr
endorbr

I'm still betting this game gets re-purposed in some way and that we see something of it down the line.

canuckbiker
canuckbiker

I can only speculate, but it looks like a descent cover shooter. Something like mass effect, or gears of war I'd imagine. Would have liked to see the final product.

thereal25
thereal25

When was the last star wars game - was it the force unleashed 2?


jemoedr
jemoedr

I wonder why it was cancelled...

Karchy
Karchy

Castlevania LOS 2 looks great! ..but is a turd..

Gamer_4_Fun
Gamer_4_Fun

Looked stunning from the demo alone, I hate disney so damn much, with it marvel. WB and DC for life .

jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

@Ayato_Kamina_1 I doubt the stars will come together like they did back then so perfectly that allowed KotoR 1 and 2.  I also doubt there will ever be a kotor rpg game with quality on par with mass effect or uncharted- the reason - money and lack of balls. 

You see when kotor was pitched the star wars gaming franchise was so far in the dumpster that the bioware team (young, fresh, ungodly talented, and so full of piss and vinegar- nothing seemed impossible) got the licensing franchise 'star wars' for a song. But kotor's own success was its Achilles heel  - in that to purchase the licensing would be close to 30-40% of its production. Bioware created a great game that sold very well also- and lucasarts accountants back then were wondering - why are they making a ton of money off our IP and we are not getting a larger portion. Since then talent has migrated - licenses has changed hands a plenty and the fee have skyrocketed esp when anyone mentions KotoR. 

What would it take to make a KotoR nowadays. Answer - a miracle. 

-Disney would have to lighten up on the licensing fees.

-EA which controls star wars games for ten years - would have to not be EA - I mean literally they would have to allow bioware full, total, and exclusive control of the game and its content -which is not what EA does. KotoR , new,  would have tacked on MP, same day DLC, always online, and pay to play, pay to win, pay to see the game tactics - tacked on. EA is literally the Jar Jar of publishers when it comes to KotoR. 

-The high talent at Bioware is still there but new, and the major players that made KotoR have moved here and there. Which is fine, because a young hungry new team would do well, but!  Bioware still kinda owns some of the coding and art, Karpyshyn may need to sign off on any parts of the KotoR universe if they show or mention characters from the first two games. That one guy who did the art direction- not sure where he is. 


Point is - it would take a ton of money - alot of good will by Disney and EA, talent, and a hard nose director/ developer that would put the game to task and also defend it from EA having Justin Bieber added in and parts of the game cut to allow for tacked on multiplayer Saints Row style because everyone needs and Ewok shooting rocket launcher.  Sad to say Ayato - you will not be happy for a long while. 

donkey0007
donkey0007

@Nightelf123  Kotor 2 is an amazing game too! It's just sad it was unfinished. However if you play the restored content mod and enjoy it as it was meant to be, for me it's better than the first!

hastati4
hastati4

@Nightelf123  2006 was 8 years ago, though. Literally a lifetime in gaming years, for technology anyway.

Nightelf123
Nightelf123

@heretrix  but it was screwed because of george lucas himself.and in the last year lucasarts was returning to become a good company again.

LeoKRock
LeoKRock

@EdAl2112  I it´s nice to see how it looks like you really love movie tie-ins


Typing is great to convey intonation!

heretrix
heretrix

@Sevenstorms  You are getting mad at the wrong company. Lucasarts cancelled 1313. It was never EA's decision.



wilson2k9
wilson2k9

@thereal25  I think it was Star Wars KOTOR for PC the mmorpg. Game was OK, but had many many flaws. Still wished they made it for the console. 

canuckbiker
canuckbiker

Probably the PC mmo, it's the most recent one I can remember.

canuckbiker
canuckbiker

The evil that is Disney cancelled all current protects when Lucas sold them all rights. I can only imagine what a train wreck the 7th movie their making will be.

jemoedr
jemoedr

@canuckbiker  Well, a lot of people from the original team are still part of the creation of the movie.


It would be stupid not to finish a game that is near completion though... A stupid decision...

og_bladez
og_bladez

@jemoedr @canuckbikerBattlefront 3 was like 99% complete before it got canned and it wasn't until Lucas sold all assets that the game was picked back up.

Trickymaster
Trickymaster

@jemoedr @canuckbiker  Hah! You would think so. But it's not about making profit. It's about making more profit than anyone else. That's why the industry is so messed up