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.

Source: LucasArts

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7 Comments on Mature-Themed Star Wars 1313 Announced

Jonathan

On June 1, 2012 at 3:41 pm

Finally a star wars game that doesn’t focus mainly on Jedi, and its awesome that its rated M. Will look forward to hearing more on this game.

Wesker1984

On June 1, 2012 at 3:50 pm

What Mass Effect 4 is already announced?

Tiagonal

On June 1, 2012 at 6:49 pm

??? Somebody decided to keep developing Prey 2 under the Star Wars shadow after all.

Zahth

On June 1, 2012 at 8:19 pm

Who else is going to be pissed if this is not Boba Fett the game?

timfads

On June 1, 2012 at 8:24 pm

I’m going to keep an eye out for this one. Hell being able to curse out an annoying protocol droid might be worth the asking price alone. I also wonder if this one will wait for XBox 720 / PS4 to come out before releasing or try to ride on being one of the last playable games on the ‘old’ systems.

GarynDakari

On June 2, 2012 at 1:15 am

Just a couple things: Where are you getting that it will be M rated, and where are you getting that is’ powered by Unreal Engine 3? It said a “mature themed” video game – Not necessarily M rated. (Though I do kinda hope it will be…) Next off, can we get a source on that last paragraph? Where did that come from? Other than LA signing a deal with epic to license the engine, I haven’t heard anything about that, although it is likely.

Probably just me nit-picking ;P

That said, I am actually looking forward to this, despite LA normally screwing their games up. It’ll be great for Star Wars to scale down a bit, there’s been way too much force-y stuff and saving the universe already.

Now come on LA….Don’t screw this one up.

coltywolty

On June 4, 2012 at 2:55 am

if its like old repulick it shouldent be m it should be t