What Could Have Been: STAR WARS 1313
By Malik Forté on December 18, 2013
I present to you our “le sigh” moment of the day. Remember that super cool action adventure game LucasArts was developing called Star Wars 1313? Well we stumbled across this old E3 2013 demo that leaked out back in May and couldn’t help but feel all sorts of lament for what could have been one of the best Star Wars video games to ever see the light of day. In case it may have slipped from your memory, the game got canned after Disney shutdown operations at LucasArts back in April of this year. But instead of remaining bummed out about the game’s tragic cancellation, let’s take a moment gaze into the dreamy soul of the unreleased E3 2013 demo.
Given how popular shooters were in the last generation, it is baffling to me that there weren’t any set in the Star Wars universe, especially when you consider how good 1313 was looking and how high the demand for another Battlefront game was and still is. Come to think of it, I can’t name any Star Wars games from the PS3/360 era outside of The Force Unleashed series, the Lego Star Wars series, The Old Republic (which was a PC game), and the Clone Wars titles.
It’s understandable that licensing issues and Disney played a big role in 1313 not happening, but you can’t help but ponder what would have been if we were able to trade it out for The Force Unleashed 2. Well, here’s to hoping Battlefront 3 comes out, free of lens flare, sometime in 2014!