LucasArts shutdown leaves unfinished Star Wars 1313 up in the air

Credit: LucasArts

There were two games that stood out at last year's Electronic Entertainment Expo: Ubisoft's Watch Dogs and LucasArts' Star Wars 1313. Naturally, given our affinity for Star Wars, the game's polished visuals and mature theme felt right at home. That, and the game wasn't about the usual Jedi or Sith — it put players in the shoes of a badass bounty hunter.

When Kotaku broke news that Disney had shut down beloved developers LucasArts, laying off 150 workers, one question echoed across the Internet's outpouring on social media and blogs: what's going to happen to the unfinished Star Wars 1313?

Depending on which source you believe, the game is either canceled or will be turned over to a new publisher/developer. Although Kotaku's source says there's "effectively zero" chance LucasArts will license Star Wars 1313, GameInformer received word from a company representative that suggests the company is still evaluating a possibility of licensing the game out:

"1313 was looking fantastic, the reception has been great. Our other unannounced titles are fine, it just got to a point where from a business standpoint we couldn't continue developing those internally and keep up with the direction that the company was going.

"There's always a possibility that [Star Wars 1313] can still come out via licensing."

In addition to the cancellation of Star Wars 1313, Star Wars: First Assault, a "predecessor" game that would have laid the groundwork for the long-rumored Battlefront III was also canned. I guess that settles the question of when Battlefront III will come out, which is now officially never.

It's indeed a sad day for LucasArts and the fans. But worry not, there will still be more Star Wars video games to look forward to, just not from the 31-year-old LucasArts, which has had a hand in making some of the most memorable Star Wars video games ever.

Via GameInformer and Kotaku

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