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TSA's Top 100 of 2013: 7 - Star Wars 1313

The Force is absent in this one.

7. Star Wars 1313

When anything Star Wars related is announced there’s generally a mixed bag of reactions ranging from excitement to cynicism. This year most of Star Wars fans’ love or ire wasn’t directed at the announcement of 1313 but instead at Disney’s acquisition of the Star Wars franchise. The staff here are clearly excited about Star Wars 1313 though, with its high place in our list.


On the edge of darkness.
I’m among those excited for the game for several reasons. First off, it’s Star Wars; no amount of prequel hate or questionable Christmas TV specials will change my love for the franchise. Secondly we will get to experience a different part of the Star Wars universe. Yes, we like the Jedi, Sith, and lightsabers but a change of pace is welcome, and what better than the seedy, criminal world with bounty hunters and blasters.

Star Wars 1313 was first announced at E3 this year, though there were rumours of the game’s existence as early as March 2012. The game is a third person shooter, with the first trailer being shown at Gamescom. The most striking thing about the reveal trailer was how the whole game atmosphere was portrayed; less of the more traditional aspects of lightsabers and general kid friendly entertainment, and more of a much darker and violent story. This approach was confirmed by the game’s director Dominic Robiliard who, in an interview with IGN, stated that the game would be aiming for the Mature rating in the US, while the UK release has a provisional 18 PEGI rating.

So what is this darker story? Well the game will be an exploration of Coruscant’s criminal underworld, in this case a literal thing. The 1313 in the title relates to the area of Coruscant, which is 1,313 levels away from Coruscant’s core and well away from the surface of the planet.

What is also confirmed is that the protagonist will be a bounty hunter, and won’t have Force powers. In fact the Force is unlikely be a big part of the game, if it features at all. The way the game is designed is to focus more on the gadgets and weapons of the bounty hunter, as well as the effects of the game world on the main character.

The Gamescom trailer.
Star Wars 1313 is supposed to release on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC but some speculation around the net points to a possibility that the game could also be a next gen title, which isn’t too far fetched if you look at the gameplay that’s been shown so far. We’ve seen characters diving from burning ship to burning ship, and taking part in fantastic looking battles, so a next gen release could well be on the cards.

There also isn’t any clue to a release date for Star Wars 1313, so that generation jump is possible. Also, for those who are concerned that Disney’s acquisition of Star Wars will force changes upon development, fear not because the developers will be allowed to carry on undisturbed. Here’s hoping to see Star Wars 1313 in 2013.

9 Comments
  1. gazzagb
    Master of speling mitakse
    Since: Feb 2009

    As much as I’m looking forward to this, I’ll still prefer a Battlefront 3 anyday.

    Comment posted on 25/12/2012 at 18:35.
  2. bunimomike
    Member
    Since: Jul 2009

    I think this is the first Star Wars game I’m actually interested in (and continue to be so). Fingers crossed for a 2013 release and it being a belter.

    Comment posted on 25/12/2012 at 18:56.
  3. MadJunkBoy
    Member
    Since: Aug 2010

    looking forward to this since i love Star Wars! =D

    Comment posted on 25/12/2012 at 19:41.
    • MadBoJangles
      Member
      Since: Nov 2009

      Yup, same here! :D

      Comment posted on 25/12/2012 at 22:19.
  4. avengerrr
    Member
    Since: Oct 2012

    Arghh! The possibilities! Think of the Possibilities of a Battlefront 3.

    T_T

    I still can’t figure out exactly how 1313 will play out. Bioware made a damn good RPG (not mmo). There has been a force style game (force unleashed and jedi knight series). So I can only hope that this game perhaps, just perhaps, is like Star Wars Bounty Hunter on the PS2. It would be great to roam around in free and very vertical levels hunting down bounties with all manner of weapons, and scan the crowd for potential ‘capture alive’ enemies. I can’t imagine it being much good if it is just another Third person shooter ‘following’ the life of a bounty hunter.

    Comment posted on 25/12/2012 at 20:38.
  5. colmshan1990
    Member
    Since: Apr 2009

    Aside from the Battlefront and the LEGO games, I think my favourite Star Wars game was a Bounty Hunter game on PS2 (Star Wars: Bounty Hunter may have been the title, I can’t remember).

    It kept me entertained- although it was an objectively average game, it was a great Star Wars game, and the license elevated it.

    Comment posted on 25/12/2012 at 23:56.
  6. damoxuk
    Member
    Since: May 2011

    2014 game tbh :)

    Comment posted on 26/12/2012 at 00:09.
  7. MICKY17
    Member
    Since: Dec 2008

    Looks really good. If the whole ‘Uncharted in space’ thing is to be believed then this could be very good indeed.

    Comment posted on 26/12/2012 at 08:52.
  8. Sympozium
    Member
    Since: Aug 2009

    I hope its great but as usual it could be a technical disaster. Which is why I’m cautious with this one.. as always with Star Wars games imo…

    Also, yeah. Rather have a FPS. Jedi Knight series was good fun.

    Comment posted on 27/12/2012 at 04:18.

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