One of the more depressing elements about the Disney/Star Wars buyout is the shuttering of LucasArts, and specifically the cancellation of Star Wars 1313, a very promising-looking third-person action game that was described as “Star Wars meets Uncharted.” It would have cast players in the role of a bounty hunter sent on a mission into the seedy underworld of the capitol-world Coruscant. Now information has come to light that, had Star Wars 1313 actually survived, it would have done so with one major change: Boba Fett.
In the aftermath of the LucasArts collapse, one of Kotaku’s sources has revealed that, sometime last May, George Lucas had made the LucasArts team scrap the unknown bounty hunter protagonist and replace him with the much more familiar face…er, helmet of Boba Fett. There’s no word whether this change would have necessitated a massive overhaul for the game or if the general story and structure of 1313 would have allowed the developers to more or less cut-and-paste Fett into the existing game-in-progress.
It would have been great to see how 1313 came together with or without the Boba Fett alterations, but by the time Lucas issued his directive the game was already in troubled waters, with its future far from certain. While the LucasArts closing may have been the blaster bolt that finally put Star Wars 1313 out of its misery, it sounds like there was a very good chance we never would have seen it hit the market either way. Or, even worse, we could have gotten a game in the vein of Aliens: Colonial Marines, a troubled project that shows all the scars of its troubled development.
It’s all a moot point now, but honestly? Making it about Boba Fett would have actually made me less interested in the game. I liked the idea of stepping into the boots of a bounty hunter we haven’t already seen in a thousand different Expanded Universe things. Although I do mourn the possibility of unlocking an Xbox 360 achievement called “Boba Fett? Boba Fett? Where?”
You can check out concept art from the Fett-ized 1313 above and below, again courtesy of Kotaku.