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Star Wars 1313 Would Have Starred Boba Fett

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Rumor has it, the now-cancelled Star Wars 1313 video game would have starred none other than Boba Fett.

Disney recently shut down LucasArts, taking down the planned StarWars 1313 video game project with it. The move came as a huge surprise, as 1313 had ramped up quite a bit of excitement and speculation since its debut at E3 last year. It was meant to be a gritty take on the Star Wars universe, but not much else was known about it except that it was a next generation game. Probably. Maybe.

Anyway, now that Star Wars 1313 is kaput, we’re learning details that probably wouldn’t have come out until closer to release. The biggest detail is that the protagonist was apparently supposed to be Boba Fett.

Star Wars 1313 was initially rumored to be a completely new and original story, but it sounds like partway through development, the team shifted focus to Boba Fett due to pressure from George Lucas. A recognizable character would have driven up sales, after all. And why take creative risks when you already know what will sell?

Reports also allege that Star Wars 1313 was doomed for some time, at least long before LucasArts’ closure.

Now there are undoubtedly two kinds of Star Wars fans right now. Fans who are upset that Star Wars 1313 was cancelled because they were looking forward to an original Star Wars video game, and fans who are upset that Star Wars 1313 was cancelled because they were looking forward to a Boba Fett game.

Wherever you stand, try to look on the bright side. Jon Quast of The Motley Fool argues that the game’s cancellation is actually a good thing, and implies that we might ultimately get a Star Wars 1313 in some form or another anyway.

First, closing the door on Star Wars video games and closing the door on LucasArts are not the same thing. The properties will live on in the hands of third party developers like Activision or EA. Disney gets to outsource the talent, keep the name, and milk huge licensing agreements. Smart business for them, and good news for you, too. Instead of carrying video games themselves, they’ll turn the titles over to people who can.

Not only that, but the huge cult following of some of these properties means old titles like Monkey Island might get newer installments.

Like I said, try to look on the bright side.

Anyway, which are you? Would you have liked to see Star Wars 1313 as a completely original concept, or would the focus on Boba Fett be the big draw?

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4 Responses to “Star Wars 1313 Would Have Starred Boba Fett”

  1. Michael Chimo

    "Anyway, which are you?"

    I'm part of the generation that was lucky enough to have grown up with amazing games like the Jedi Knight series, X-Wing, Racer, Rogue Squadron, Republic Commando, KOTOR, Battlefront, Empire at War, Bounty Hunter, etc. These series and titles meant a lot more to me than a video game. They were immersing and even when my consoles were off, I would spent countless happy hours stretching my imagination by creating my own continuation of the Star Wars universe. Those were truly the golden days of Lucasarts and for Star Wars fans when these various fantastic titles made us feel not just thoroughly satisfied gamers, but a part of the Star Wars universe as well.

    But disappointment after disappointment began to take its toll. Periods of excitement and hype would be dashed by revelations that they were simply rumours or had become canceled. I became impatient, then angry, and now I honestly don't give a crap anymore. This is where I stand now. I had hoped Disney's acquirement of Lucasfilm would revive projects and expand on the franchise but it has become painfully clear that Disney has no intention to follow such a path and I'm sick of keeping my hopes up for naught. However, I am not bitter. A great many of my childhood smiles are owed to Lucasarts and these titles invited me to exercise my imagination and indulge in it.

    I only wish I knew what happened to Sev…

  2. Jake Watters

    original… who wants to play a guy we know is already dead its not like halo where hes a nobel warrior that knows hes doomed from the beginning..

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