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5 Star Wars Games Which Need to Get Made Already

Free advice for the executives at Disney.

by
Walter Hudson

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April 4, 2013 - 7:00 am
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4) Resurrected Star Wars 1313

A causality of Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm, Star Wars 1313 stood on the verge of breaking LucasArts’ long stretch of mostly menial titles. As IGN executive editor Ryan McCaffrey writes, the once-great powerhouse of game development has impressed little in recent years:

This is a studio sitting on a treasure trove of beloved brands, and yet, when was their last Indiana Jones game that didn’t star a Lego figure? Or a Star Wars title in the marketplace’s most popular genre, first-person shooters? Only the big-budget MMORPG Star Wars: The Old Republic can be considered a bold effort. In fact, their triple-A (read: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and/or PC) output during this console generation can be generally summed up as: three Lego Star Wars games, Two Lego Indiana Jones titles, a pair of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed releases, The Old Republic, and Kinect Star Wars. And of those, only the original Force Unleashed (six-plus million copies sold) made any substantial impact at retailer cash registers. That potential franchise withered on the vine after Force Unleashed II fizzled with both critics and consumers.

The straw which broke McCaffrey’s back was the announcement following Disney’s acquisition that Star Wars 1313 has been placed “on hold,” ostensibly because it was not tied into the upcoming films. IGN’s frustration commands empathy. The decision to mothball what appeared to be an innovative new franchise geared toward a mature audience, simply because it may not directly promote the new films, heralds an out-of-touch corporate mindset which regards video games as supplementary merchandising rather than a legitimate medium with its own merits.

Not much is known of what Star Wars 1313 would have turned out to be aside from a couple of trailers and a vague synopsis. We can confirm only that the project aspired to offer something different than the fare typically seen in a Star Wars title, both in terms of gameplay and narrative content. This was to be an exploration of the seedy underbelly of the galactic capitol world, a crime story featuring a morally ambiguous protagonist. I struggle to imagine the gamer who would decide against seeing J.J. Abrams’ new Star Wars film on account of having played 1313.

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I spent endless hours playing x-wing vs tie-fighter. When I have to go through the bother of parallel parking my car I always say, "Docking operations complete" just like it did in the game when two ships docked with one another.
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Actually, the lull from Lucasarts is even worse. Disney shut down Lucasarts so any Star Wars themed games are going to have to come from elsewhere.

http://www.gameinformer.com/b/news/archive/2013/04/03/disney-closes-game-publisher-lucasarts.aspx
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Obviously I didn't click the links because it looks like you've already updated the story with the news of Lucasarts' closure. Oh well.

As for a good Star Wars game, may I suggest you try "Lego Star Wars". No really, please try "Lego Star Wars". You'll have fun.
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I love the idea of combining Battlefront Galactic Conquest to an online version. Battlefront is the first game I experienced playing online and enjoyed it immensely. Having each battle contribute to the overall consequence of a war online would be much more satisfying than one and done battles or individual stats.
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I bought Mass Effect after seeing Bioware, space, RPG, only knowing them from Knights of the Old Republic, it's spiritual sequel. It would be interesting to see it go the other way.

But honestly, the potential in the Mass Effect universe is untapped. I'd rather see a new Mass Effect game expanding on the lore. Each generation of nerds seems to produce an immersive narrative set in a world incredibly separate from our own. This narrative is largely consumed by the next generation. The next generation expands and adopts this narrative into the general, pop culture.

Tolkien gave the greatest generation Lord of the Rings. The greatest generation gave the baby boomers Star Trek. The baby boomers gave Gen X Star Wars. I think Mass Effect might be Gen X's gift to us millennials. But there are several franchises vying for that honor.
1 year ago
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The Mass Effect universe is quite vast and many different stories can be told. I would really be interested in a story behind the war between the Geth and Quarians the most, but there are other stories that can be told. The Salarians and the genophage. The early discovery of the Mass Effect technology on Mars. A back story on some of the characters before they met Shepherd or after the Mass Effect story ended.

The possibilities are endless.
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100,000x yes.

Jeeze the Tie-fighter games are old. I still remember my mother having to restart the computer in MS DOS to play them.
1 year ago
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Old, yes. But they were incredibly popular and have never been properly followed up.
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