Have you ever heard the tragedy of Star Wars 1313? I thought not. It's not a story Disney would tell you.
Back in June 2012, LucasArts - formerly known as Lucasfilm Games - unveiled a stunning-looking Star Wars video game in which you would play as a bounty hunter exploring the seedy underbelly of Coruscant. We didn't get to see much of it beyond some very brief gameplay, but fans were hyped for what looked to be a mature single-player Star Wars experience.
But then EA took control of the Star Wars video game license in 2013, and Star Wars 1313 was shelved. In the eight years since then, a few details on what the game would have been have come to light - including the fact that it was going to have us play as the iconic Boba Fett. It could have been something really special, but the fans have since learned to let it go.
Earlier this week, it looked for a second as if Star Wars 1313 might actually be able to come back from the dead. Disney and Lucasfilm announced the return of Lucasfilm Games. In a blog post Lucasfilm explained that this would be the new home for all future Star Wars titles, plus one or two surprises like the newly announced Indiana Jones game from Bethesda.
"Lucasfilm's legacy in gaming stretches back decades," the company wrote in its announcement post, "and with Lucasfilm and the galaxy far, far away entering a new and unprecedented phase of creativity, so will the world of Lucasfilm Games".
Many assumed this meant that a project like Star Wars 1313 could simply be picked back up, dusted off, and finished for next-gen consoles. Of course the reality of the situation is much more disappointing. As it so often is.
Bloomberg reporter Jason Schreier - a man more familiar with the inner workings of development on Star Wars 1313 than most - recently took to Twitter to confirm that a revival is "never going to happen". He explained that the team is scattered, and the code is now eight years old, meaning it's woefully out of date.
"What's far more likely is that Lucasfilm kicks off a bunch of new Star Wars games," he added. "Including maybe even one about a bounty hunter."
It's not clear whether Schreier is speculating here or teasing some insider knowledge, but it's no secret that the fans have been clamouring for a video game based on The Mandalorian ever since the Disney+ series first aired last year. If Lucasfilm does intend to unleash a new line of licensed Star Wars games, an adventure starring Mando and Grogu would surely be at the top of the pile.
It should be stressed that for now, EA has the Star Wars license until 2023 and likely has its own plans for the next two years. But who knows what might happen after that?
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