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.[drop]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.[videoyoutube]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.