This week we learned about the demise of LucasArts as we know it, a 31-year-old game development company whose fate was sealed by its new owner, Disney.
Along with the transformation of LucasArts into a licensing division that will, in the future, try to attract external developers and publishers to create new games based on its properties (such as Star Wars), the studio’s currently in development Star Wars 1313 was also cancelled – a very promising title that wowed all who saw it (including me).
To add salt to these fresh wounds, and according to a report on Kotaku, Star Wars 1313 was to star everybody’s favourite bounty hunter, Boba Fett.
At an El33tonline-attended gamescom 2012 presentation for Star Wars 1313, the developers told me that the demonstration’s protagonist was a place-holder for someone else – someone the team wasn’t ready to reveal yet. The character on screen looked very detailed and was believable as the main star, but the fact that he was to lose his starring role meant that the real hero could prove to be more exciting.
According to Kotaku’s story, George Lucas himself passed down the order for Star Wars 1313 to star Boba Fett and to tell the bounty hunter’s extended adventures in the sordid, dangerous underbelly of Coruscant, 1313 levels down in the heart of the planet.
Earlier this year, we heard reports that Star Wars 1313’s development had been temporarily put on hold as the project lost momentum within the organisation, which is surprising considering that the game caught the attention of Lucas, who in May asked the team to transform the game into a Boba Fett story.
Sources told Kotaku that “[LucasArts] ended up with movie tech that wouldn’t fit in a game, and game tech that wouldn’t fit in a movie. 1313 was always in danger of not being made.”
Will Star Wars 1313 ever make an appearance under the banner of another publisher? Would you have liked to see another game starring Boba Fett?