Star Wars 1313 on hold?

Sources say development on LucasArts' action shooter has been frozen since Disney acquired the Star Wars brand in October.

Three independent sources have told Kotaku that development on Star Wars 1313 has been frozen since Disney acquired the Star Wars brand in October. As a result, the action shooter could miss this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo and slip into 2014, they said.

This contradicts comments from LucasArts at the time of the Disney acquisition. A representative said at the time that development on all projects continued unabated.

Asked about the status of Star Wars 1313, a LucasArts representative told the site that the game is not canceled, but would not say more.

"LucasArts has been working diligently to take advantage of the tremendous opportunities that the new Star Wars movies present," the company said. "Star Wars 1313 continues production."

Kotaku's sources also provided new development details on Star Wars 1313. The game was reportedly conceived in 2009 as a tie-in to a live-action Star Wars television show that was to be set between the original Star Wars films and the prequel movies. The game was called Underworld at the time, the sources said, noting it would feature adult themes.

The sources added that Underworld/Star Wars 1313 was originally planned as an open-world role-playing game in a similar vein to BioWare's Knights of the Old Republic series. Episodic character updates were to be delivered through regular downloadable content expansions.

This game was scaled back in 2010 due to budget concerns, the sources said, and was rewritten with a plot not related to the TV show. It was also at this time that LucasArts was reportedly looking to reinvent itself and was considering Star Wars spin-offs in new genres. The company was supposedly considering a Star Wars version of FarmVille and a Call of Duty-esque first-person shooter code-named Trigger.

The report goes on to detail a 2011 or 2012 meeting where Star Wars creator George Lucas saw Star Wars 1313 and "loved" it. He also reportedly told developers to have the game answer questions like "Who is Boba Fett?" and "Why was Han working for Jabba?" and "Who were the Bothan spies?"

The game's last public showing came eight months ago during the 2012 Electronic Entertainment Expo in June.

For more on Star Wars 1313, check out GameSpot's previous coverage of Star Wars 1313.

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Dredcrumb9
Dredcrumb9

Disney and star wars do not mix. Disney has a habit of buying up and destroying good products. Remember what happened to Indiana Jones when Disney helped out? Imagine how bad it will be when Disney is responsible for the whole thing.

qewretrytuyiuoi
qewretrytuyiuoi

This has now been cancelled due to Disney firing everyone at Lucas Arts (videogames)  , tossers.

Mejikojin
Mejikojin

I guess Disney hates making money

Slade968
Slade968

i like star wars, i like video games. Please make this happen.

RonTorque
RonTorque

I thought this was going as planned, i was wrong.

TruthSerum808
TruthSerum808

When was the last time that either Disney or LacasArts has put out a quality game?....just asking. 

Maslov22
Maslov22

what do you mean bad feeling? Didn't everyone else get a fuzzy warm feeling ever since Disney rolled over SW?  And it wont get cancelled, it will go the way of the new TV series ... neverworld?

Mojira7
Mojira7

Everybody seems to have a bad feeling about this...

aryanbrar
aryanbrar

i swear i'll the join the dark side if this gets cancelled. 

Timmy_Gwar
Timmy_Gwar

Disney has lots of money and power, they said. They can only make the franchise better, they said.

Well, poop...

Scarshi
Scarshi

It's on hold. No, wait, it's in production. Ok, I've nothing else so here is the game's history of production. Lame, lame, lame article with nothing proven or confirmed.

Heckla
Heckla

Well... They've said that Disney would be releasing Episode VII with Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher (rumored) and Harrison Ford (confirmed). How much would you bet that they've halted 1313 because a movie tie-in would suit them better?

LtReviews
LtReviews

Lucas Arts: where great franchises are born and die an early death, or are replaced by inferior quality games.

RIP:

Star Wars Battlefront 3

Republic Commando 2

The Jedi Knight game that should have been, but we got the crappy "Force Unleashed" instead

SuperDutchy
SuperDutchy

They're most likely delaying the release of this game to coincide with a collaborative live action Star Wars television series that will be airing on one of ABC's channels (most likely ABC itself in a prime time slot)  I cannot confirm this, but if it's true, then you heard it here first. 

mind = blown. 

Imperiusmax
Imperiusmax

Curse you Disney! Eat my force lightening! 

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Sigh.  Here comes the meddling by the House of Mouse.

MatrixGamer78
MatrixGamer78

FarmVille & COD version of Star wars WOOOWWWW 

brok
brok

Anything that frees up more people for Battlefront 3 and HD X-Wing/TIE Fighter can only be a good thing. Now get on it, Lucasarts.

Forcecaster
Forcecaster

They are supposedly work on multiple unannounced titles. Now they are announcing 1313, Disney shows up, 1313 put on hold. I'm starting to have a bad feeling about this, like they are making LucasArts to focus on a tie in game for the new movie, which may be good, but then no new, no good Star Wars games for a while...

boredom_kills
boredom_kills

I hope this hasn't been canned. It was the most interesting Star Wars thing I've seen in a long time, and I'd actually allowed myself a little glimmer of hope!

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

I just hope it doesn't get canceled. Cause it really looked impressive at E3 last year.

Malscyllis
Malscyllis

Lucas arts: we're making this 1313 game. how you like it?

Disney: Stop and put it on hold. Fans have been asking for BF3 for almost a decade. let's make that.

Lucas arts: BF3? what's that? 

BigDawgSteve420
BigDawgSteve420

I'd say this is surprising but it isn't, this game looked next-gen in all the early screen shots.  Hopefully the delays make it take full advantage of the wait to go next-gen.

PAL360
PAL360

I'm still waiting for Battlefront 3.

Centurion95
Centurion95

Sucks, still part of me wonders if additionally its because this would be the first M rated Star Wars game and Disney would want to tone it back for a wider audiance.

InFI_Chronos
InFI_Chronos

They are making a Star Wars Disney Mash Up game obviously


MajinSquall
MajinSquall

i thought they said nothing would be stopped or changed when disny took over, that it was "business as usual"

maybe they delayed it to put mickey mouse in it some how you know disney after all

DarthLod
DarthLod

Gotta say. Lucasarts has really sunk to a garbage level. All the drama they have had the past few years and lackluster games....1313 could set them back on course. However, I specifically remember reading a quote from Lucasarts stating that 1313 would not be affected by the Disney buyout and things were "business as usual". If Disney is ruining this game, then I don't hold much hope for EPVII being worth a damn either. Putting a game with this much attention on hold is like commercial suicide.

Kats_RK
Kats_RK

Kinda sucks that it's on hold.

The-Neon-Seal
The-Neon-Seal

Meh, not bothered. Not been bothered about a Star Wars game that isn't lego for a very long time now. Nowing the lucasart of today, it was probably going to be the next A:CM (thats right, I just evoked the ghost of A:CM), disney saw it, realised as much and have sent it to development purgatory for x amount of years.

TheOnlyConan
TheOnlyConan

"2014 release". That is fine, because I wanted it to come out on next gen anyway.

syler4815162342
syler4815162342

That Would be shame If they can't release this game, I see so much potential on this game!

zhaffy
zhaffy

Game looks great. Hope they won't fuck this up. Always loved to be a bounty hunter

Venom_Raptor
Venom_Raptor

Noooo! Now that's Prey 2 and Star Wars 1313 that I'm very much looking forward to that are on hold!

gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

Battlefront 3 is canceled?

Can we have some up-to-date news on that topic?

Shantmaster_K
Shantmaster_K

That's unfortunate if it's true. Looking forward to this game. Just hold off for the next gen consoles. 

On a side note: MAKE BATTLEFRONT 3 DAMMIT!!!

Frimmel
Frimmel

What's with all of the gray text?

SeannTHEsheep
SeannTHEsheep

great thing about disney is they have a history of loving all things nintendo.  Wii-U exclusive come on disney you know you want to

DemannameD
DemannameD

I doubt that if it is on hold, it was intended to be put on hold, how ever now that ILM and the rest of the lucas group are all busy working on new Star Wars movie it makes since that the games became second priority.

endorbr
endorbr

No big deal.  We all knew this game was going to be a next gen release when they showed it off last year.  It was way too pretty and fluid to be running on current gen consoles.

FLEEBS
FLEEBS

It'll just be released on next gen platforms. No big deal, folks.

Konuvis
Konuvis

LucasArts was looking for a call of dutyesque FPS AFTER having already made Republic Commando???

How about Republic Commando 2! Dammit!

WhiteStormy
WhiteStormy

"He(George Lucas) also reportedly told developers to have the game answer questions like 'Who is Boba Fett?' and 'Why was Han working for Jabba?' and 'Who were the Bothan spies?'"

Why is Lucas asking them to answer those questions?  Isn't that his job.

zequex
zequex

Yeah everyone needs to chill out. There is absolutely no reason for them to cancel the game and very little reason to change it.

Has everyone forgotten that there are new movies in the works?

Don't you think they want to get their notes straight so that the movies and game (most likely to be released within a year of each other) don't have glaring canonical contradictions?

It will probably be a short delay while the stories are written and both the movies and game will probably be better for it.

Alexrmf
Alexrmf

this is bad news... we didn't have any good SW games for a long time and this looked promising. I hope they come their senses and continue production