Tonight, LucasArts has finally unveiled the mysterious Star Wars 1313, and the new franchise has nothing to do with either Boba Fett (possibly) or Battlefront.
The Star Wars studio is promising a "mature themed" franchise with this unveiling, and 1313 will revolve around an unnamed bounty hunter (Mandalorian?) armed with all the exotic tech we expect a proper hunter to have. The new focus, according to LucasArts, is on "a hero who uses human skills and gadgets," instead of supernatural Force powers. Sources are reporting a third-person adventure game.
Curious what the 1313 is referring to? Evidently not Boba and his alias. Rather, the game is named after Level 1313, the criminal underground deep below Coruscant's surface. Here's the whole (albeit vague) explanation:
Named for Level 1313, a ruthless criminal underground deep below the surface of the planet of Coruscant, the game puts players in control of a deadly bounty hunter as he uses an arsenal of exotic weaponry to hunt down his marks and uncover the truth surrounding a criminal conspiracy. Star Wars 1313 emphasizes epic set pieces and fast-paced combat with a hero who uses human skills and gadgets, rather than supernatural Force powers, to make his way through this dangerous world.
We're not too sure whether we're excited or mildly disappointed. I will say, however, that the prospect of playing as a bounty hunter and exploring non-Force gameplay seems rather promising. Platforms and release details aren't available at this time, but the official website is up now.
Paul Meegan, president of LucasArts, comments on the studio's newest franchise:
"We're excited to share one of the projects LucasArts has been hard at work developing. Star Wars 1313 dives into a part of the Star Wars mythos that we've always known existed, but never had a chance to visit. We are committed to bringing the best gameplay experience and visual fidelity to life and I truly believe the work we are showcasing at E3 will speak for itself."
The possibility of that unknown hunter being Boba isn't entirely unlikely though. Sounds like something LucasArts may be saving for the actual show or gameplay reveal. That said, the galaxy does have a good pool of active bounty hunters, and I wouldn't be heartbroken if the game pursued a new character rather than attempt to work in such an iconic fellow.