Thursday, January 27, 2022
Previously unseen gameplay of cancelled LucasArts game, Star Wars 1313, has been released by The Vault Archive, giving us our first look at Boba Fett in action.
Star Wars 1313 was first announced back at E3 2012, and the first footage of the third-person action adventure game came just a few days later. Taking place in the seedy underworld of Coruscant, the game was highly anticipated by players, but was cancelled when LucasArts was closed by Disney in 2013.
However, prior to the game's cancellation, it was reported that George Lucas himself requested that Star Wars 1313 be turned into a Boba Fett game, ditching the game's new protagonist in favour of Star Wars' most infamous bounty hunter. We've never seen this version of the game in action, however, until now.
The new footage, which you can check out down below, was released by The Vault Archive, which is best known for gathering information and assets on the cancelled Star Wars Battlefront III. In this new footage, we can see Boba Fett walking through an area on Coruscant, with all the assets in place, and it looks rather lovely. Later, we get to see a daring chase sequence, which is still pretty epic even with a lack of textures and finished assets. It's all a touch bittersweet, getting to see what could have been.
Interestingly, a few of the sequences and game mechanics shown off in this new footage bear a resemblance to 2019's Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. This lends some credence to the 2015 statement from Lucasfilm that the company didn't want to “throw any of that stuff away”, referring to the work done on Star Wars 1313.
“It’s gold. And it’s something we’re spending a lot of time looking at, poring through, discussing, and we may very well develop those things further. We definitely want to,” said Lucasfilm's Kathleen Kennedy at the time.
We did finally get a great single-player action game in the Star Wars universe in the form of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, but we still can't help but see this Boba Fett footage and wish that game had come out. In the meantime, Respawn recently announced that its working on a sequel to Fallen Order, as well as a new Star Wars FPS and a Star Wars strategy game.
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