Apparently LucasArts released a video about the upcoming game Star Wars 1313 that I didn’t know about… last August! In case you’re as behind as I am, the video shows the developers discuss the game’s setting, which is Level 1313 beneath the surface of Coruscant. It’s a part of the Star Wars universe that hasn’t been explored before — and it sounds dark, dirty, and claustrophobic down there. The developers even make a Dante’s Inferno reference. But the city is also visually stunning (in a gritty sort of way), and in spite of its oppressive feel, it’s packed with history. Personally, I’m getting a major Blade Runner vibe from it, based on the overall look of it. You can watch the video all about it here.
The gameplay looks refreshing, with lots of fast-paced gunning and gadget play. While some Star Wars fans might be disappointed that combat is not reliant on the lightsaber, the cool thing about this game is that it’s showing us the Star Wars world from the perspective of a bounty hunter — and he has his own skill set that goes along with that profession. I prefer ranged and cover-based combat anyway, but I’m also eager to see if there truly is an emphasis on gadgets to keep the shooter-style gameplay interesting.
The biggest lingering question is when Star Wars 1313 will be released. The latest I’ve heard is sometime in 2013, but nothing more specific than that. I would guess 1-3-13, but I don’t think that’s a Tuesday…