Gamers and ‘Star Wars’ fans alike have been salivating for a taste of ‘Star Wars 1313′ ever since it was first announced way back in May 2012 and formally introduced in June of 2012 at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles. As Disney chose not to renew the trademark for ‘Star Wars 1313’ at the end of 2013, The United States Patent and Trademark Office now considers the trademark abandoned.
This follows the announcement on April 3, 2013 that The Walt Disney Company had closed down LucasArts which Disney had acquired as part of the LucasFilm property merger in October 2012. As a result, all internal development on their projects, including ‘Star Wars 1313’ was cancelled and the developer formally shut down, except for a few staff left behind to oversee licensing for certain intellectual properties.
Shortly after Disney closed LucasArts, representatives announced that the studio had signed an exclusive agreement with Electronic Arts for the rights to develop and publish ‘Star Wars games’ — an agreement that gave EA “access to everything that was done during the LucasArts era.”
So does this mean there is still hope for ‘Star Wars 1313’? Probably not, at least not in its current incarnation. A lot of development had gone into the ‘Star Wars 1313’ project and it appeared to be a high quality title with comparisons made to the ‘Uncharted’ series from Naughty Dog. Fan favorite Boba Fett would have been the star, replacing the placeholder character shown at E3. The infamous bounty hunter would have taken center stage on missions through the seedy underbelly of the multilayered underworld of Coruscant. Concept art and demo reels showed a detailed and rich world introducing a young Boba Fett on his way to becoming the iconic badass bounty hunter we all know and love, or love to hate.
So maybe, just maybe, the Star Wars 1313 saga isn’t quite over yet…….