New Star Wars: 1313 Offers M-Rated Gaming Adventure In A Galaxy Far, Far, Away

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When it comes to Star Wars, the gaming industry has a long history of cranking out titles of uncertain quality. For every brilliant title like Knights of the Old Republic, we've seen several clunkers (Kinect Star Wars anyone) and a few outright failures like Republic Heroes. LucasArts demonstrated a new Star Wars game at E3 this week -- Star Wars: 1313 -- and despite the brand's uneven history, we're cautiously optimistic.


The 1313 moniker refers to a specific level of Coruscant that's a haven for criminals, bounty hunters, and crime lords. You take on the role of a bounty hunter looking for information on an unspecified criminal conspiracy who descends to 1313 in search of data. This will be the first Star Wars game to be rated "M" for mature, and it focuses on the seedy underbelly of the universe. That decision alone could open up a wealth of gaming experiences. To date, we've only seen flashes of the poverty and desperation that exists within the Star Wars timeline; the games and movies may take quick trips to places like Nar Shadaa or the slums of Mos Espa, but these have always been pit stops on the way to glittering skyscrapers and grand cathedral-like buildings.



The E3 unveil included gameplay and movie sequences; the game's developers stress that they've worked hard to make the two flow together as seamlessly as possible in order to avoid breaking the player's sense of immersion. One thing that jumps out at us from watching the video is that the game clearly isn't running on legacy console hardware. Creative director Dominic Robilliard confirms this a little later in the interview, when he states that the demo is being powered by PCs using Nvidia hardware.

Obviously we can't say for certain, but there's some good circumstantial evidence that the game is built for DX11. Shadows are always the best thing to check -- DX10/DX11 shadows are softer and more realistic than their DX9 counterparts. Fog is another area where DX11 implementations tend to noticably improve on DX9, and the 1313 scenes are impressive on both counts.

There's no reason LucasArts couldn't develop the title for current consoles and cutting-edge PC hardware simultaneously, but this is good news for computer gamers -- games built on our platform tend to play better (and look nicer) than console ports that offer better textures but otherwise keep to the limits of six year-old hardware.

The one thing we don't know much about is the plot. Here's hoping LucasArts puts in the time and effort to build a decent game -- the Star Wars franchise is the poster child for proof that great graphics don't make for great games or great movies.
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Usually I cringe when I hear a developer describe their game as a new "grittier/mature" look at an established universe, knowing they're just adding some cleavage and curse-words. But Republic Commando is one of my favorite games of all time, so hearing Star Wars and "gritty" in the same sentence again definitely made my ears perk up.

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Can't wait to see more. =)

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Dave_HH replied on Tue, Jun 5 2012 10:05 PM

Agreed, I'm kinda jazzed for this title!

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Seamlessly move from CGI to gameplay? Duck and cover shooting mechanics? Climbing up a wrecked vehicle? UNCHARTED 2 or 3 anyone?????

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realneil replied on Wed, Jun 6 2012 10:28 AM

I'm willing to try it out,........

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MWeaver1 replied on Wed, Jun 6 2012 11:27 AM

Someone needs to look up what "literally" means as I'm still quite firmly in place. Perhaps "figuratively" is more your bag.

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rapid1 replied on Wed, Jun 6 2012 2:35 PM

I have been playing SWTOR for a year and 2 months now, of course 6 months of that have been on my saved current character's and the rest was when I was BETA. Beta was actually real which is odd we would do a build for a week or 2 and then down til new bid comes with real changes. The game is solid and still fun, I did lay off for about a month, but my Powertech (Bounty Hunter sub class) is 45 and about to hit 50 and the rest of my chars except 1 are 25-35 with one I have not really played. It would be nice to have a verified version or adult mode switch for SWTOR as the population has a lot of us over 18. Either way it looks fun but limited to me, I am of course and Old school MMO player generally, so comparing this which looks more like a shooter with a story to SWTOR is kind of reaching. I will try it out or at least think it might be attractive to a good number of people.

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rapid1 replied on Wed, Jun 6 2012 2:44 PM

Wonder if they will have any Dragon Age camp action going on, lol!

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Manduh replied on Thu, Jun 7 2012 10:07 PM

Dang I was too late. "This video has been removed by the user". I was hoping to get a peak of the game before crashing for the night. I'll have to search for it tomorrow, I'm too sleepy now :P But the game sounds promising.

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The gaming concept is really gone too far... Star Wars are doing great job, where most of its story are base from the past historical theories and futuristic events.

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This project was put on hold when Disney bought the rights to all things Lucas, however the trademarks are all renewed by the money grubbing bastards.

 

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realneil replied on Wed, Jun 5 2013 10:19 AM

digitaldd:
however the trademarks are all renewed by the money grubbing bastards

They shelled out 4.01 billion dollars for LucasArts, so yeah, they want to protect their investment for as long as they can,..........

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