Looks like that mysterious Star Wars 1313 trademark from a
few months back was, indeed, pointing towards a game announcement, and it's similar to one of the rumors we mentioned when we speculated as to what the next Star Wars game might be. Tonight,
LucasArts officially unveiled Star Wars 1313 on GameTrailers TV, lifting the
curtain ever so slightly on the next big Star Wars game.
Though few details were given out (the rest will be saved
for a more proper introduction complete with a trailer on Monday), we were able
to get some basic information as to what 1313 is about. Players will be
stepping into the armor of an as-of-yet unnamed bounty hunter on Coruscant, a
wretched hive of scum and villainy that makes all others seem tame by
comparison. Some quick shots during the video showed off a character that might have been the “hero,” though the
developers were tight lipped. Original speculation drove us to believe that that
said character would be a younger Boba Fett, considering the Mandalorian
armor-wearing assassin once went by the alias of “1313,” that appears to be
incorrect – 1313 refers to Level 1313, “a ruthless criminal underground deep
below the surface of the planet of Coruscant."
Besides that, it has a Facebook page and some realestate on the LucasArts website, and a smattering of gameplay details that get us more than a little excited. We know that it’s going to be a third-person
game with cinematic gameplay (sorry, Republic Commando fans), and we know that
we’ll have access to “an arsenal of exotic weaponry” which we’ll be able to use
to hunt down marks on our way to unraveling a criminal conspiracy. It’s looking
to be a darker game, with LucasArts president Paul Meegan saying that it “dives
into a part of the Star Wars mythos that we've always known existed, but never
had a chance to visit." We’re hoping it's the part of the Star Wars mythos that doesn't involve gungans.
Obviously we'll be keeping a close eye on this one (or
maybe we’ll flip down the blast shields and… nah, too easy), and expect to see
it next week at E3. Stay tuned.