Actually Titled Star Wars 1313
Remember that shadowy game LucasArts teased in a journo invite? Well the cat's out of the bag, and it's been confirmed that the company are hard at work on a "mature" Star Wars 3rd-person action title.
The blurb reveals that the game is named after "Level 1313, a ruthless criminal underground deep below the surface of the planet of Coruscant", with the game purportedly putting "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."
Now I'm rather of the opinion that if you have unique, franchise-specific, supernatural powers and laser swords at your disposal you should really make the most of them. But a dark and gritty Star Wars tale could certainly prove welcome indeed...you know, provided it doesn't just rip off the likes of Gears of War and Uncharted. Perhaps a little disappointingly, LucasArts are using the Unreal engine for this one, in spite of having the delicious talents of ILM at their beck and call.
LucasArts president Paul Meegan said: "We're excited to share one of the projects LucasArts has been hard at work developing. Star Wars 1313 dives into a part of the Star Wars mythos that we've always known existed, but never had a chance to visit. We are committed to bringing the best gameplay experience and visual fidelity to life and I truly believe the work we are showcasing at E3 will speak for itself."
So, we've got a "never before seen dark and mature world" that's apparently "the most dangerous place" in the Star Wars galaxy. And we'll apparently be taken on a "high octane thrill ride", be privy to "epic action adventure gameplay", "agile" cover-based combat, along with "epic platforming" and "seamless cinematic gameplay".
Normally we'd be highly objective about this, but I'm just going to say that LucasArts could have thrilled me so much more if they'd said three small words instead of all of this: "Jedi Knight Four". I'll have to see more to get enthused, but the Star Wars universe is a fantastic place to set anything, quite frankly; and on the plus side, at least it's not Star Wars on the Move.