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Star Wars 1313 Boba Fett Video Game Concept Art Surfaces; Slim Chance Of Getting Revived

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:6652:]]With the recent news that Disney is closing LucasArts, the in-house Star Wars video game division, there also came word of over 150 layoffs, and two games that were said to be in development seemingly got tossed in the Sarlaac Pitt.

“Star Wars 1313” and “Star Wars: First Assault” were in the works, but with the news of the shut down, they were all thought to be canceled.

However, that might not be entirely the case as a Lucas rep reached out to GameInformer and said the games could still live on in licensing, which is the planned direction Disney is going with their Star Wars video games.

It is worth noting that we are looking for proven external partners who can help us provide video games to our fans. We still believe in the video game industry, we still will provide Star Wars games, we’re just looking at different models rather than internal production… They’re evaluating everything. There’s always a possibility that it [Star Wars 1313] can still come out via licensing.

It also recently came out that “Star Wars 1313” was set to feature the bounty hunter, Boba Fett, as Kotaku was revealed the info from a source as well as concept art.

And they also state that they have been filled in that there is a slim chance of seeing “Star Wars 1313” ever getting made.

I’ve been told by multiple sources that chances are very slim. Development on the game had been on hold since last fall, as we reported in February.

And the reasoning? Seems “Star Wars 1313” doesn’t fit with the movies and vice-versa.

They ended up with movie tech that wouldn’t fit in a game, and game tech that wouldn’t fit in a movie,” a source told me. “1313 was always in danger of not being made.”

Our own source told us the new Star Wars video games could be based on the new animated series set post-Episode VI.

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Exclusive: Star Wars Animated TV Series Details, More On Spin-Off Movies & Video Games

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:6615:]]Our DC Entertainment source who has been sharing Justice League movie updates with us and more has provided us with a new batch Star Wars details.

Previously our source told us that Star Wars Episode VII might take place 30 year after Return of the Jedi and feature a disciple of Palpatine, and most recently gave us details about a possible Darth Maul spin-off movie.

The latest is in regards to the new Star Wars animated TV series as well as the direction Disney will be taking their various related media including the video games.

We know that Disney recently canceled Star Wars: The Clone Wars and closed down the LucasArts video game division.

We’re told a majority – if not all – the Star Wars related media will be focusing on events following Episode VI, which would include the spin-off movies, TV and video games.

Our source said his LucasFilm friend offered the following.

• The new animated Star Wars TV series may focus on the Rebellion taking down the remaining remnants of the Empire spread across the galaxy. It’s said to be similar to The Clone Wars in which it features a large cast of characters and doesn’t focus on a sole group (i.e. Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo).

• The spin-offs films could include original characters and may not be focused on a well known character (i.e. Boba Fett, Han Solo etc).

• However, a spin-off may possibly be set before Episode I for certain characters (i.e. Yoda).

• New video games will be post Episode VI and could be based on the TV Series being developed.

• There will more than likely be video games based on Episode VII, VIII and IX.

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LucasArts Getting Shut Down; Star Wars Video Games To Be Licensed Out

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We get news that more than 150 people will be laid off as Disney will be stopping production of all Star Wars video games with LucasArts, and instead moving to a licensing-based model.

Deadline reports that employees at LucasArts were notified this morning.

“After evaluating our position in the games market, we’ve decided to shift LucasArts from an internal development to a licensing model, minimizing the company’s risk while achieving a broader portfolio of quality Star Wars games”, a Lucas spokesperson said in a statement. “As a result of this change, we’ve had layoffs across the organization. We are incredibly appreciative and proud of the talented teams who have been developing our new titles.”

There were rumblings that two in-development Star Wars games might see the light of day using new versions of characters featured in the upcoming movies, but this news seems to put those to rest.

Disney has also recently announced the cancelation of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and instead, will be developing their own animated show.

Star Wars Episode VII has a 2015 release date directed by J.J. Abrams.

Head on over to the Cosmic Book News Star Wars hub for more news.

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