‘Star Wars 1313′ Gameplay Trailer is Our Only Hope

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It wasn’t Star Wars: Battlefront 3. It wasn’t a new X-Wing Alliance. It wasn’t even a new Jedi Knight or Rogue Squadron. What we did get from LucasArts at E3 2012 was a brand new IP within the Star Wars universe that unlike the last few games in the brand, aimed to offer an experience that can compete with the best the industry has to offer. That game is Star Wars 1313 and when myself and another Game Ranter sat down inside of a little mock-up space ship for the behind-closed-doors demo we were happily impressed, so much so that we nominated Star Wars 1313 in our E3 awards.

LucasArts is bringing their in-development Star Wars title to Cologne, Germany for this year’s Gamescom event and as such, they’ve launched the very first Star Wars 1313 gameplay trailer.

The trailer, above, highlights much of what we saw at E3 2012, where the lines between cinematic and actual gameplay are blurred. Seemingly drawing from elements of the Uncharted series with third-person, set-piece focus action sequences highlighted by beautiful visuals, Star Wars 1313 brings prospective players to the underbelly of Coruscant, the most overpopulated and busy planet in the Star Wars universe, for a story involving a criminal conspiracy. Throw in platforming and lasers too.

Star Wars 1313 Gameplay

The game’s story remains largely a mystery, as does its protagonists, but we do know it’s being developed internally at LucasArts, who are taking advantage of what Industrial Light & Magic, Lucasfilm Animation and Skywalker Sound can all offer to the production. With that in mind, it’s no surprise that a large focus of our demo was on the behind-the-scenes development going into realizing the game’s characters, with a special focus on motion capture relating to facial recognition.

Star Wars games once sat regularly at the top of the most anticipated and award lists year after year back in the day, and we hope Star Wars 1313 (“the darker, grittier Star Wars”) is able to bring the franchise back to where it belongs among multiplatform action games and hopefully this paves the way for the return of some of our other favorite franchises from LucasArts.

If you’re excited for this title, check out the gameplay demo and our Star Wars 1313 preview.

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Source: IGN

TAGS: Gamescom 2012, LucasArts, PC, Star Wars, Star Wars 1313

  • Matt

    What a bad trailer. It showed us almost nothing new, and the new gameplay it DID show us was cut up into extremely short flashes. Very underwhelming.

    • http://gamerant.com Rob Keyes

      For those who know about the game, it’s not much. As a first unveil for Euro press, it’s a big deal.

      • Matt

        Yeah, for the uninitiated, this trailer is awesome. For people who have already seen Star Wars 1313 videos, this trailer is crap.

        • DrSamBeckett

          How is it crap?

          • Matt

            It just goes over everything we’ve already seen, and then it throws in 10 seconds of new stuff, which isn’t even gameplay. It’s crap (for people who have already seen the gameplay demo).

        • http://gamerant.com Rob Keyes

          I wouldn’t say it’s “crap” because to me, it’s better than most other trailers out there. For Star Wars, that’s saying A LOT.

    • Damon

      Never seen/heard anything about this game…looks fantastic.

      • Matt

        I’m not saying the game doesn’t look great; I’m saying the trailer is bad. But to somebody who hasn’t seen anything about Star Wars 1313, this trailer impresses them. But you can’t tell me that you liked that sequence of gameplay flashes that lasted less than a hundredth of a second each.

        • Damon

          True…it’s meant to tease though, right? I feel very much teased lol

          • Matt

            I hate teaser trailers lol.

        • Arnold_dajar

          the trailer isn’t “bad” that’s an unfair statement considering you already have seen it, that’s like saying a slice of cheese cake is “bad” because you have had the same cake before.
          The game looks great, regardless if you’ve seen the demo they showed before, it looked great then, and still looks great now.
          Not coming from a huge star wars fan.

  • Austin

    I am extremely excited. I have played a Star Wars: Saga Edition tabletop campaign set in the underbelly of Coruscant, and I am excited to see what our GM got accurate.

  • http://screenrant.com The Avenger

    I just hope it won’t be as short as SW:TFU2… that was a fun afternoon – sorry, half an afternoon.
    Still, I was kinda hoping they’d finish off the ForceUnleashed franchise with one last game (to tie up some of the loose ends that the previous game left open)… ah well.

    This looks pretty cool. Couldn’t really see any actual gameplay footage without pausing the trailer, but I get a ‘Mass Effect meets Uncharted’ vibe from what I could see…

    • Cullen

      whos to say they won’t make a third?

      • http://screenrant.com The Avenger

        Well, it seems unlikely that they’ll continue with both franchises now.
        This new thing, 1313 (if it’s successful of course) will probably spawn a sequel so all their efforts/resources will be focused on that.
        I’ll admit, it is an assumption on my part to think that they won’t make another TFU game, but it just seems unlikely that they will…

        Hopefully I’m wrong :)

        • Tonac

          who is to say they wont tie the stories in if this game is successful after all they are set around the same time period eh?

      • http://gamerant.com Rob Keyes

        LucasArts canned it all.

      • DrSamBeckett

        LucasArts, and rumour has it Lucas himself, put the boot in TFU3 which was in development. He argued with Hayden Blackman the writer, which is why the second game is so poor in terms of plot. There were lots of internal politics involved.

        With this game and the focus of the Underworld in the tv show, I think Lucas is deliberately moving away from what we’ve seen before and canning everything else.

  • dan

    I’m not sure what I’ve seen so far redeems lucasarts for all the letdowns they’ve released over the last half decade or so. I wanna feel great about this game, but this is still the same company that quit on Kotor, jedi knight, and battlefront and tried to replace them with a crappy mmo in tor, the force unleashed, and… what else? Nothing to replace Battlefront with, even though swbf3 was cancelled when almost completed? Oh yeah, almost forgot- Star Wars Kinect.

    Agh… I hope this goes well. But I’m not holding my breath. I guess I’m still ticked from how my favorite franchises were stiffed so that LucasArts could pursue a “different direction”. I’m not investing in this until I know for sure it is something worth buying. No more faith driven consumerism for me. That is, unless I see a swbf3, or a kotor 3, or a jedi knight 4.

    LucasArts has a long road ahead of it for redemption. Maybe, just maybe, this is a first step down that road.

    • DrSamBeckett

      The first Force Unleashed was pretty good, far better than the sequel, which had awesome combat but failed in every other area.

  • ATG

    This game looks fantastic. I want it on next-gen consoles.

    • Matt

      I second that.

    • http://gamerant.com Rob Keyes

      I’m with you. Funny enough, they would not talk platforms with us when we asked. They ONLY confirmed PC so… who knows…

      • DrSamBeckett

        I think the answer comes from simply looking at the game, this a gameplay trailer and it looks better than current gen cut scenes. This is absolutely a next gen title. And if it is, then I’m happy and willing to wait for a superior product rather than one that was rushed.

        For me, after the disgusting waste of time that was the TFU2, this needs to be as fantastic to play as it looks.

        • Matt

          That doesn’t say much, though. Devs often run games on high-end PCs, so obviously the console versions don’t look near as nice. This is probably the case with SW1313.