Mature-Themed Star Wars 1313 Announced
NOTE: Headline changed due to confusion about the eventual rating of the game. While Lucas Arts has indeed used the term “mature” very frequently when discussing this game, they have not yet confirmed its ERSB rating will be mature. We will be keeping a close eye on this as more clues emerge.
Hang on to your lightsabers, folks. The next game set in the Star Wars universe will buck the conventions of the series by probably being – wait for it – rated only for gamers 18 and up.
Star Wars 1313 is set in a “never before seen dark and mature world”; players will take on the role of a bounty hunter in the deepest depths of the criminal world of the capital of the galactic republic. “Named for Level 1313,” the announce says, “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.”
I’m genuinely curious to see how Star Wars would translate to ‘mature’. To get the M rating, you’ll need prodigious swearing, or sexual themes, or extreme violence, or some combination of all three. The series already features villains who casually genocide the universe, but I can’t imagine it not being hilarious, rather than cool, to see someone holding a blaster drop an f bomb. And sex in the Star Wars galaxy? Seems about as much of a thing as fire under water. I’m pretty sure George Lucas reproduces by budding anyway.
It seems to me that when you take away lightsabers, the Force, casual interstellar travel, Galactic politics and the whole Sith v Jedi thing, and build a game around an emphasis on techy solutions to life and death problems, what you’re left with is an everyscifi setting indistinguishable from properties like Perfect Dark and Deus Ex. That might be a good thing. The Star Wars universe has been creatively moribund since the end of the Thrawn trilogy. Turning into a setting rather than a mythos might kickstart things, though I predict much sniggering.
Star Wars 1313 will be powered by the Unreal engine, and will feature body performance capture. No release date or platform information has been announced, but we’ll definitely be looking out for this one next week at E3 2012.