Star Wars 1313 was always in danger - Report

Source says doubts about shooter existed long before LucasArts closure, George Lucas decided game should focus on Boba Fett.

Star Wars 1313 was always in danger of not being made, a source has told Kotaku. The tipster claimed LucasArts had doubts about the third-person shooter long before Disney closed LucasArts yesterday.

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"They ended up with movie tech that wouldn't fit in a game, and game tech that wouldn't fit in a movie," the source said. "1313 was always in danger of not being made."

In addition, the source claims after Star Wars creator George Lucas saw the game, he decided that it should focus on Boba Fett, a bounty hunter whose story was told in the original Star Wars movies.

The source also released a new concept art image to Kotaku. It shows Boba Fett and a squad of teammates in a sprawling city.

Though LucasArts has ceased production on Star Wars 1313, the game could live on. The studio said yesterday that it is seeking out "proven" external partners who can help bring the game to market. "There's always a possibility that [Star Wars 1313] can still come out via licensing," the company said.

Star Wars 1313 was announced at a pre-Electronic Entertainment Expo event last year. After its initial unveiling, nothing was heard about the game until October. It was then that Disney purchased the Star Wars brand and said all LucasArts games would continue development unabated.

This was reportedly not the case, as past reports claim all LucasArts hiring and game announcements were frozen in the weeks and months following Disney's buyout.

In addition to Star Wars 1313, the fate of rumored downloadable team-based shooter Star Wars: First Assault lies in question.

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Hitman9
Hitman9

OMG  bountry hunter???? Cool can't wayt! 

StolenDiagram
StolenDiagram

Let's be honest here, the game was in danger the very second Lucas signed on the dotted line! Probably the first truly adult-centric star wars title and the word "adult" sadly doesn't register in Disney's vocabulary. "Adult" to disney is probably the Pirates franchise. I'm surprised Disney axed lucasarts, their last title might have flopped, but Star Wars characters singing cheesey Miley-esque songs I would have thought would be right up their street.

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

Focusing on Boba Fett was the wrong way to go. A new bounty hunter was the right course in my opinion. Not that it matters now.

Taffelost
Taffelost

It's pretty amazing to me that someone would close down a legendary developer like Lucasarts. When I made the transition to PC from Commodore back in the early 90's, Lucasarts was squeezing out one blockbuster game after another. It's a shame all those companies are gone now; Lucasarts, Microprose, SSI. I can't remember them all but when I see the logo I get all nostalgic and soft.

NewShire
NewShire

How is this possible?  It seemed like one of the most anticipated titles of E3 last year.  Damn you Mickey Mouse!

Vishant
Vishant

Last good star wars game was Republic Commando. I was looking forward to this as a decent TPS. But a Boba Fett game would be superfluous seeing as how it's been mostly covered by the movies. Oh well, time for a deluge of licensed rubbish for kids and people who buy for the name and not the quality

Double_Wide
Double_Wide

I wouldn't have minded a Boba Fett game

Nzilla
Nzilla

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.....

Valen_Ca
Valen_Ca

This sucks, I was actually pretty excited about this one and I haven't been excited about anything Star Wars related for a while.

lee3701
lee3701

I still dream of seeing another edition to the Jedi Knight series. Even a reboot.

Kats_RK
Kats_RK

If it was always in danger they shouldn't have shown it in E3.It sucks that it may not come out as a game.

Shadow-Phax
Shadow-Phax

They should make a sequel to Star Wars Republic Commando. One of the best and underrated FPS/Tactical Squad shooters out there.

Broodwin
Broodwin

I want GTA Star Wars by Rockstar- how cool would that be! hehe

1234ritchie
1234ritchie

Such as shame, this looked awesome.

Guess we aren't gonna get a good new Star Wars game any time soon.

WongPlace
WongPlace

Forget 1313, i want a game with jar jar binks picking multicolored fruits on some weird planet with hilarious samples from the movies.

Broodwin
Broodwin

The thing about Disney, it's a real Mickey Mouse organisation...  (I thank you.. I'll be here all week.)

Igal-Ze
Igal-Ze

This appeasingmessage was brought to you by Disney PR team.
(source claims)

predatorGS
predatorGS

Maybe, just maybe, it is a brilliant executed plan to restyle the image of star wars licensed games. They want us to believe that they are incompetent, take little time to create a new game, take a lot of time doing nothing, don't make the sequels the fans want, having a maniac at the helm, fire employee's all the time and closing studios all together. 

This way the fans will be even more exited when some news about a new sw-game rises to the surface!


/sarcasm


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---Cipher---

Man, gamespot is getting really annoying at reporting everything from "a source at Kotaku." Why does GS not employ their own "source" as well? It always seems to be second hand info from that guy who knows someone...

tionmedon
tionmedon

so long LucasArts it`s been fun.........

Toobad4u
Toobad4u

I would like to see a Star Wars game with Han Solo as the main character myself.

Darth_Ultima
Darth_Ultima

Star Wars games have a hit and miss reputation.

KrazyDago101
KrazyDago101

Disney is going to milk the Star Wars franchise for all they can. After that, they don't give a $*!*. Get ready for a whole bunch of Star Crap that will make your inner child cry.

Alex4789123
Alex4789123

I was right. I knew you were going to play as Boba in this.

Johan8
Johan8

Please Jorge, stay away from Star Wars already. We got enough of you from the prequels. I´m sure Disney has enough money to finance 1313 so what´s the problem?

StaticPenguin
StaticPenguin

Of course it was! It was a Star Wars game that looked good and people wanted it! Why would they actually release something people want?

Chupacabra3332
Chupacabra3332

Hope they continue developing the game on a different studio with the same people. Fuck Bobba Fett we want some new stuff.

Ghosthunter54
Ghosthunter54

Why does Lucas always want to completely change everything that his studio does? Let's completely change the story so it's Boba Fett. Fett is cool, but c'mon. It's probably better off with Disney now after how Episodes 1-3 turned out when Lucas was given free reign. 

starduke
starduke

I was really looking forward to 1313. With Boba Fett, my favorite Star Wars character, as the star it was even better. Then Disney bought Star Wars, and I KNEW they were going to mess it up!

rktPYZQShWz
rktPYZQShWz

@SavoyPrime Yeah, it just doesn't interest me to play as a character who I KNOW the path he goes down.

Doesn't really matter anymore though.

_Silent_Jay_
_Silent_Jay_

@NewShire How is it possible that a two year old demo looks better than the final, released game?   Simple answer:  it's a highly polished verticle slice that in no way reflects the development of the actual product and only exists to create hype and the illusion that actual progress is being made. 

Bumblebee1138
Bumblebee1138

Say that to Avengers and Pirates of Carrabian. (Thank you. Now go back to your room)

Bumblebee1138
Bumblebee1138

Can't be any worse that TFU2, TOR MMO, Angry Birds SW, Kinect SW, SW Pinball....

Sheik2
Sheik2

@Johan8 they want mickey to play a role in 1313, that's why

nanorazor
nanorazor

@TrueProphecy22  Jango fett was awesome and you know it. episode two was basically about Jango fett and the clone wars

FreedomPrime
FreedomPrime

@Ghosthunter54 disney just shut down lucas arts yesterday.. no more star wars 1313. wanna rethink your statement?


StaticPenguin
StaticPenguin

@starduke Why do people keep blaming Disney? LucasArts was probably going to cancel it anyway even if they didn't get bought out by Disney.

Broodwin
Broodwin

@Bumblebee1138 great films, apart from the last 2 Pirates films. And are you in a habit of saying things films. I certainly am not- btw you are no fun.

StaticPenguin
StaticPenguin

@FreedomPrime @Ghosthunter54 Can you blame Disney? LucasArts should have been closed down long before Disney even stepped in. 

When was the last time they released something good? Force Unleashed was ok but they ruined it with the sequel. Battlefront 3? Nah. Why release that, fans wanted it. KotoR 2? People want that, let's give them less than one year to develop it and release an unfinished product!

nanorazor
nanorazor

@StaticPenguin@starduke"LucasArts was probably going to cancel it anyway" LucasArt never cancelled any game for if it was near completion. Only when the 2nd party studios failed a game is dies. Disney cancelled nearly everything!!! not just games but TV show Clone wars!!!!! screw Disney!!!! 

Bumblebee1138
Bumblebee1138

It wasn't near completion they couldn't even decide who's gonna be the main character. And Clone Wars isn't canceled it will in a new channal so with all due respect, screw you.