Star Wars has been letting us down on the video game front in recent years. Kinect Star Wars was not a good game. On the MMO side, Star Wars Galaxies no longer exists and its replacement in The Old Republic is losing subscribers and running servers with very low player counts. There are the LEGO Star Wars games… but they’re LEGO Star Wars games.
What happened with X-Wing Alliance, Rogue Squadron, Jedi Knight, Battlefront, etc.? These were games that made the media’s most anticipated lists and had a chance at winning awards at the end of the year. These were the types of triple-A titles that competed with the best the industry had to offer.
We don’t know what has prevented LucasArts from continuing these franchises, but we do know that last summer, LucasArts President Paul Meegan admitted they’ve not been making great games, promising that would change.
“In recent years, LucasArts hasn’t always done a good job of making games. We should be making games that define our medium, that are competitive with the best of our industry, but we’re not. That has to change… Our priority is to create authentic, immersive, high quality Star Wars games.”
This hasn’t happened yet but there’s a chance it could start happening soon. Game Rant’s attending E3 again this year in full force, and one of the surprise games we know was planning on making a special appearance is a brand new, unannounced Star Wars game. We thought this would be a secret until the event, but it’s going to be unveiled much sooner. Next Thursday, May 31, GTTV is running an E3 preview episode and on it they will offer a first look for said Star Wars game. What it could be we do not yet know.
What will be shown is a behind-the-scenes look into the San Francisco-based studio behind the game and host Geoff Keighley will chat with the development team where they will share the name and concept behind the game, while also introducing artists working on the E3 demo. On June 4th, the beginning of E3, they will then present the very first gameplay footage for the new Star Wars game and from what Keighley is saying over Twitter, it could be something special.
“I am blown away by both the caliber of the team on this project and their bold vision for this new ‘Star Wars’ title. I can’t wait to introduce our viewers to this game and show off the footage that left my jaw on the floor when I first saw it.”
There were rumors late last year – coupled with interesting job listings – which gave rise to hope that Star Wars: Battlefront III could still be in development, but related news since has focused on the negative. We saw abandoned concept art, videos and word that it (and its sequel) were canceled after they had already begun production.
While I desperately await a new Tie Fighter/X-Wing/Rogue Squadron space sim, the upcoming game could be something entirely different, likely related to the recent domain and trademark filing of “1313″ by LucasArts earlier this month. The “1313″ number could refer to the iconic character of Boba Fett but we’ll have to wait and see for sure.
What do you expect the new Star Wars game will be, and more importantly, do you expect it go be good?
Too bad they didn’t unveil the game today since today is the 35th anniversary of the original Star Wars opening in theaters.
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