The ill-fated Star Wars 1313 looked spectacular. I was lucky enough to see some behind-closed-doors stuff at Gamescom less than two months after the game was revealed. Gosh it was looking incredible. Little did we all know that that was going to be the first and last behind-closed-door press stuff the game would ever show off. When Disney bought LucasEverything two month after Gamescom, Star Wars 1313 and that live-action Star Wars TV series with the working title of Star Wars: Underworld, were shelved. Or frozen in carbonite… or whatever Star Wars inspired analogy you want to use for “it’s all gone and we’re all still gutted”.
Except now it seems that it might not be ALL that gone anymore. In an interview with LucasFilm president Kathleen Kennedy, website Slashfilm just happened to illicit some tantalizing information regarding these two dead Star Wars projects.
The Slashfilm interviewer made an off-the-cuff comment about the numerous penned scripts for the MIA Star Wars TV series. The interviewer summised that the scripts are likely sitting on a shelf, forgotten somewhere, to which Kennedy responded: “No. No, interestingly enough, that’s an area we’ve spent a lot of time, reading through the material that he [George Lucas] developed is something we very much would like to explore. And there was 1313 the game…”
Holy cow! The president of LucasFilm just mentioned Star Wars 1313. It didn’t stop at a mere mention, however, after the Slashfilm interviewer commented on seeing some of the game’s incredible concept art.
“Unbelievable. 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.”
That’s great news, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that we’ll get Star Wars 1313 after all. The concept/characters/setting could easily just crop up in a future movie, or in a TV series. Then again, we might end up getting the game considering the fan outcry there was after it was shelved. Then AGAIN again, the trademark is dead in the water, so who knows?
Currently, publisher Electronic Arts has the exclusive rights to develop Star Wars games. That deal is set to last until 2023 the earliest, as it’s been given a decade shelf-life. That doesn’t mean Star Wars 1313 won’t happen, however. We know that EA-owned Visceral Games is working on a Star Wars game with ex-Naughty Dog veteran Amy Hennig. It’s still largely unknown what that project is, but EA has gone on record to say that they’re wanting to mimic the Batman Arkham series of games in terms of IP licensing and game style. And before you get your wampa in a tizz, EA said that way before all this Arkham Knight PC port nonsense.