Back at E3 2012 (yes, it’s been that long already), before we even knew that Disney would be purchasing Lucasfilm from George Lucas and new Star Wars movies were officially on the way, a new game was shown off that excited both fans of the movies and fans of video games alike. The game was titled Star Wars 1313, and it looked like a whole lot of fun. Watching the gameplay now isn’t nearly as impressive as it was three years ago before the current-gen consoles arrived, but you can still see the promise it showed for those who can still enjoy a cover-based third-person shooter.
Additionally we’ve been hearing about a possible live-action Star Wars TV series for for many years now, and Lucas is said to have written at least 100 episodes already. The show was described as “Deadwood meets The Sopranos in space,” and there was even reports that it had begun casting and that it would be titledStar Wars: Underworld.
Sadly it looked like these two projects had died, but now the slightest sign of life has appeared for them both.
It’s been often wondered since Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm and the announcement of new Star Wars movies whether or not the company would revive or ultimately ruin this beloved franchise. That answer is not yet known, and will not be known for a while—at least not until we see what they do with Star Wars Episode VII. But no matter what happens with the movies, fans have known that some things would be changing…things that they might not necessarily be happy about.
The first notable change that upset certain fans was the cancellation of The Clone Wars, the popular animated series on Cartoon Network. Now comes a painful strike to gamers, as Disney has decided to close down LucasArts, the video game development and publishing division responsible for Star Wars titles such as Knights of the Old Republic, Battlefront, and The Force Unleashed, as well as some non-Star Wars games like the Monkey Island series.
So what does this mean for the future of these game properties and highly anticipated future games like Star Wars 1313?
It was thought that this year’s E3 convention would bring with it our first glimpse of Microsoft and/or Sony’s next-generation gaming console. Surprisingly, no one is saying a word…not even a whisper (which is perfectly fine by me—current systems are at their peak and can still give us a couple good years). Even some of the games we’ve seen look so good that it’s hard not to wonder if they’re being made for the current consoles, or if they’re an early unannounced sneaky peek at the future of gaming.
One such game is Star Wars 1313, which is probably the most likely candidate of them all to ultimately be revealed as a next-gen game. The reason for this is that, while most of the other games shown release this year or are slated for sometime in 2013, Star Wars 1313 is still in the early stages of production. That means either they’re going to rush to get it out, or it’s still a couple of years off.
Usually games that early in development aren’t shown off at E3, but the folks at LucasArts Games wanted to bring a little something along to show off. Prepare yourselves for what you’re about to see (I’m talking to you, Star Wars fanatics), and continue on to watch the videos.