With all the hullabaloo surrounding Disney’s purchase of Lucasfilm, the newly announced Star Wars movies, and the questions of who will be involved in them, one exciting bit of upcoming Star Wars material slipped between the cracks. I’m referring to Star Wars 1313, a rather awesome-looking video game that has been described as “Uncharted meets Star Wars.” Good news: from the sound of things the Disney purchase will not affect 1313. That’s a relief, because 1313 has already earned a spot on my must-play list, and it would be a damn shame if it got sunk by the vagaries of the business world.
The folks at Tech Crunch decided to find out the status of Star Wars 1313 for themselves, contacting Disney CEO Bob Iger to find out what the huge deal would mean for the game, if anything. It sounds like 1313 is safe, but Iger also hinted at how Disney might approach future video games. Iger says the company would be “likely to focus more on social and mobile than we are on console.” In other words, expect a lot more stuff along the lines of Angry Birds Star Wars.
As Tech Crunch points out, that doesn’t mean there won’t be more ambitious Star Wars PC or console games in the future, it just means they’re focusing on the social/mobile game area. Iger says that the company will consider further console games “opportunistically.” In other words, if somebody’s got a good idea that will likely make money, the Mouse will hear their proposals. And if they don’t like those proposals, I like to imagine they’ll be dropped into a pit and killed by those freaky pink elephants from Fantasia.
Star Wars 1313 is still targeted for a release sometime in 2013.