Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy says the company is still looking into Star Wars 1313, the much anticipated action-adventure title that was said to be dead in 2013.
Back at E3 2012, Star Wars fans got a surprise in the reveal of a new Star Wars game, Star Wars 1313. Boasting an impressive trailer featuring next-gen gameplay in the cinematic action-adventure style of the Uncharted franchise, the game was set to focus on the criminal underworld of the Star Wars universe (it was later revealed that the main character would actually have been Boba Fett). Hype continued to build, but all hope was lost when Disney acquired Lucasfilm in 2012, and word came that Star Wars 1313 was cancelled.
But it appears that Star Wars 1313, or at least its influence, might not be so dead after all. Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy told Slashfilm that the material produced by the team making Star Wars 1313 is something they definitely want to explore in the future:
“So our attitude is, we don’t want to throw any of that stuff away. It’s gold. And it’s something we’re spending a lot of time looking at, pouring through, discussing, and we may very well develop those things further. We definitely want to.”
While not necessarily confirming that any game is in development based on the cancelled Star Wars 1313, Kennedy’s comments don’t rule it out. The development behind the ill-fated game was a unique collaboration between LucasArts and Industrial Light and Magic to bring a truly next-gen experience. The game was in development for many years, so there’s no doubt lots of material that was created.
To Kennedy’s point, she could just be referring to some of that world building done by the dev team showing up in other parts of the Star Wars universe. In fact, the game’s titular underworld city of Coruscant’s Level 1313 has been featured in The Clone Wars animated series and in the Star Wars novels Dark Disciple and Aftermath. It’s clearly found its way into Star Wars lore, but what are the chances of a game coming out of it?
If Star Wars 1313 did see any sort of resurrection, it would likely be tied to the new game being developed by Visceral Games, under the direction of Amy Hennig, the creative director behind the first three Uncharted games. She joined Visceral after leaving Naughty Dog two years ago. Visceral’s Star Wars game has been kept completely under wraps, but with Hennig’s pedigree, it wouldn’t surprise anyone if it ended up being in the same vein as Uncharted and Star Wars 1313.
Are you hopeful that Star Wars 1313 will make a return? Do you think Visceral’s Star Wars game will be influenced by it somehow?