Star Wars 1313 Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Star Wars 1313 RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network EA 'Fully Committed' to Star Wars Despite Recent Pivot https://www.gameskinny.com/e8yjl/ea-fully-committed-to-star-wars-despite-recent-pivot https://www.gameskinny.com/e8yjl/ea-fully-committed-to-star-wars-despite-recent-pivot Thu, 17 Jan 2019 11:08:29 -0500 Jonathan Moore

The past 36 hours have been somewhat of a whirlwind for Star Wars video games. EA, who holds the exclusive rights to develop games within the Star Wars universe, has reportedly canceled one project and started another, albeit on a "smaller scale." 

Following a Kotaku report from January 15 detailing that EA had canceled project Orca at its Vancouver studio, a company spokesperson told Variety in a statement Wednesday that the company was "fully committed" to Star Wars.

There’s been speculation overnight about one of our Star Wars projects. As a natural part of the creative process, the great work by our team in Vancouver continues and will evolve into future Star Wars content and games.

We’re fully committed to making more Star Wars games, we’re very excited about Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order from Respawn, and we’ll share more about our new projects when the time is right.

While EA has yet to officially confirm the cancellation of project Orca, anonymous sources familiar with the situation have told Kotaku that the cancellation is all but certain, with the Vancouver team pivoting its resources to a new, smaller project. According to those reports, EA put the kibosh on Orca to meet a tighter release window, presumably one that sees a release within the next year or two. 

Orca, originally code-named Ragtag, was to be an action-adventure game similar to those in the Uncharted series. The game began development at Visceral Games but shifted to EA's Vancouver studio when Visceral was closed in late 2017, where it underwent significant changes. 

As stated by the sources that spoke with Kotaku, those changes shifted Orca to a more open-world design that consisted of both single-player and multiplayer elements. Although it would contain both new elements and some of those found in Ragtag, not much else about the project is currently known. 

Since acquiring the exclusive rights to develop and publish Star Wars games in 2013, EA has done very little with the property, releasing only two Battlefront games in the past six years. While there are myriad factors that have contributed to EA's languid development pace, it's certainly disappointing that the company has not made better use of the storied IP. 

Notoriously, the Battlefront games have seen their fair share of controversy, from loot boxes to poorly implemented leveling systems. Despite how fun Battlefront 2's campaign was to play, many fans were displeased by its presentation — and that the first single-player Star Wars experience to be released after EA acquired sole rights to publish games under the IP came in a multiplayer-centric title. 

What's next for Star Wars games? EA-owned Respawn Entertainment is currently working on Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. Set to release later this year, the title is "a brand-new action adventure game which tells an original Star Wars story around a surviving Padawan [sic] set shortly after the events of Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith."

Time will only tell if Fallen Order survives EA's stringent development gauntlet — and if it delivers the single-player experience fans have been craving for more than a decade. 

More details can be found on Kotaku and Variety

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EA Doesn't Care About Star Wars, Another Canceled Game Proves It https://www.gameskinny.com/6idt0/ea-doesnt-care-about-star-wars-another-canceled-game-proves-it https://www.gameskinny.com/6idt0/ea-doesnt-care-about-star-wars-another-canceled-game-proves-it Wed, 16 Jan 2019 12:22:05 -0500 Jonathan Moore

Update 1/17/19: EA has released a statement saying it is "fully committed" to Star Wars games. The original story follows. 

In a move that is as unsurprising as it is painful, EA has, according to multiple sources familiar with the project, canceled yet another Star Wars title. As first reported by Kotaku yesterday, the unnamed, open-world game was being developed by EA Vancouver, which took over development of the title after Visceral Games was shuttered more than a year ago. 

Since the game changed hands in 2017, details on its characters, mechanics, and place in the Star Wars universe have been essentially non-existent. From various reports, it's evident that Vancouver had scrapped nearly all of Visceral's Ragtag, the code name by which the project was originally called, and started on something mostly new.

According to a 2017 statement on the EA news wire written by Patrick Soderlund, who was EA's chief design officer when the game shifted from Visceral to Vancouver, the developer decided the best course of action was to "reboot" the game after the Visceral episode. It would shift from "a story-based, linear adventure game" a la' Uncharted to a more open-world experience that would, in some ways, include multiplayer elements.

At the time, Soderlund said the "pivot" would allow "for more variety and player agency, leaning into the capabilities of our Frostbite engine and reimagining [sic] central elements of the game to give players a Star Wars adventure of greater depth and breadth to explore."

With everything we now know about Visceral's closing, from unhealthy working conditions to gross internal strife and unrealistic expectations, it's no wonder that Ragtag was in utter disarray when Vancouver finally took complete control of the project in late 2017.

The game was, in fact, due for a significant reboot. 

However, the way in which EA sought to re-frame Ragtag, which eventually became known internally as Orca, was never very clear, and what was conveyed to fans led many to believe that this new, open-world version of the game would be saddled with unnecessary multiplayer elements and plagued with microtransactions.

If EA's maladroit handling of Battlefront 2 loot boxes and its stubborn stance on microtransactions is any indication, fans' fears most certainly would have been realized; there's a high probability that the re-tooled project would have suffered from the same, or similar, afflictions as its predecessors.  

While all of that is currently pure speculation, what isn't supposition is that Star Wars fans have spent years begging for a gripping single-player Star Wars experience. For some of these fans, there was hope that Vancouver's now-canceled project would, in some way, deliver on what they had been asking for. 

Now, none of that matters. 

When Battlefront 2 released on November 17, 2017, we praised the narrative for keeping "enjoyment and entertainment front and center." Regardless of that adulation, it was painfully obvious that EA simply tacked single-player on to a multiplayer-centric title in an effort to appease disgruntled fans. Woefully short and stuffed with a few too many fan-servicey asides, BF2's campaign ultimately serves as an excruciating tease of what could be. 

And what we all hoped Orca would be.  

For a company so obsessed with fan feedback and market research, it's utterly mind-boggling that nearly six years after striking an exclusive deal with Disney, we still don't have a full-fledged single-player Star Wars experience. 

Instead, we're burdened with two mediocre Battlefield re-skins that have been plagued with problems from the start. Consider for a moment that both Battlefront titles were released within 730 days of each other, and it's easy to see that EA's primary concern is getting games out fast, not making them the best they can be. 

In an update to the original Kotaku report released yesterday regarding Orca's purported cancellation, sources familiar with Vancouver's project have said that the open-world title would have contained single-player, story-driven elements. All things considered, that is certainly a promising prospect, one that shows EA is, on some nanoscopic wavelength, listening to fans and attempting to give them what they want. 

However, those same sources also conveyed that Orca was canceled by EA because it wouldn't release "soon enough." Jason Schreier, who is the primary reporter on the alleged cancellation, relayed that this may have something to do with the rumored launch of next-generation consoles sometime around 2020. 

While that is certainly conjecture at this point, the fact remains: If EA is shooting for a 2020 or 2021 release window for a reportedly "smaller-scale" game it hasn't even begun work on, Star Wars fans can once again expect a haphazard, unfinished mess that's been rushed out the door to meet an arbitrary quota. 

When EA can't even get Battlefield 5 right, there's little hope they'll ever get Star Wars right, especially on such short timelines.

As more reports funnel in on project Orca, it's likely that a complicated picture of events will only get more so. However, from all of this fumbling, something certain emerges: EA does not truly respect the Star Wars brand. 

I'm not talking about the hard-working developers, artists, designers, writers, sound engineers, and myriad other employees toiling away on these projects in the trenches. Instead, I'm talking about the executives that obviously have little insight into the brand they've been entrusted with.

Star Wars was supposed to make EA "cool again" in the eyes of many gamers. EA was a company that would harness the power of the Force to rediscover itself, shedding the mantle of "Worst Company in America." Where, in a fever dream, we thought botched or incomplete releases would be a thing of the past for EA and Star Wars, it's now clear that nothing was further from the truth. 

Fans don't deserve this mess, and EA doesn't deserve Star Wars

Thankfully, it appears the upcoming Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order will dump multiplayer for a single-player focused campaign. But are we simply getting our hopes up to be let down yet again? 

Help us Respawn Entertainment, you're our only hope — and EA's last chance to turn away from the dark side. 

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5 Star Wars Games That Need to Make a Comeback With The Last Jedi https://www.gameskinny.com/k66yw/5-star-wars-games-that-need-to-make-a-comeback-with-the-last-jedi https://www.gameskinny.com/k66yw/5-star-wars-games-that-need-to-make-a-comeback-with-the-last-jedi Thu, 02 Feb 2017 08:00:01 -0500 sknau002

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There are plenty more Star Wars games that should make a comeback. But this was just a list of five that we thought really deserved it.

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In fact, many of these games were made back before their potential could really be reached or appreciated. With the technological advances we've made since their initial releases, comebacks from these titles could really take the gaming community by storm.

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So Disney, do us a favor. Get to work on bringing these amazing titles back, and we'll get to work buying them.

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Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

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By: BioWare/EA
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Oh 2003, you hold a very special place in this writer's heart. It was the year we were blessed with the presence of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. Set thousands of years before the prequel movies, BioWare was free to essentially do whatever they wanted with KOTOR.

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The first game was about a hero that rose to become a Jedi and save the galaxy from Darth Revan. At least, that's the non-spoiler version. Knights of the Old Republic 2 was like the first one, but with better skills, more manageable gameplay, and an even better story. One of the stars, Kreia, will always have a place in my heart as one of the most philosophical characters in a video game.

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Then EA had the wonderful idea of turning the franchise into an MMORPG. Truth be told, I couldn't care less about MMO Star Wars: The Old Republic. It's pretty, it's got that Star Wars look, it has great NPC characters that BioWare is known for... But it plays like an MMO and that's a no-go for many players.

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Knights of the Old Republic needs a comeback. Enough TOR expansions. Bring the simple player tabletop-like adventure back! We haven't had one of these since before Mass Effect and if they applied any of their technology and know-how from the Mass Effect series, it would be an instant success.

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Star Wars: Republic Commando

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Star Wars: Republic Commando was an awesome first-person shooter that went above and beyond the typical FPS model. First of all, you played as an elite squad of Clone Troopers called Delta Squad. You played as the leader, codenamed Boss, and you command a squad of specialists. Each squad member is good at specific things, and your role, aside from shoot the bad guys, is to command your squad to tactfully take out your enemies.

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First of all, you played as an elite squad of Clone Troopers called Delta Squad. You played as the leader, codenamed Boss, and you command a squad of specialists. Each squad member is good at specific things, and your role, aside from shoot the bad guys, is to command your squad to tactfully take out your enemies.

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First-person shooters today can't even achieve what this game did in 2005. It really did feel like a squad, as opposed to a one-man-army. Today, developers seem to take the shortcut of making a squad made of other players. While multiplayer may be a plus for some, others can immediately see the problems that would arise and would prefer an NPC squad with good AI that you have total control over.

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Republic Commando takes place during the climax of the film Attack of the Clones, making the clones look much more fleshed out than they do in the movie series. It's a story, or at least a playstyle, that Star Wars and video game fans alike have been clamouring for from the FPS sector.

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Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire

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By: LucasArts
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At first glance, this game may look bland. But remember, it was released back in the early days of the Nintendo 64 and boy was it ambitious for its day.  It takes place between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi as protagonist Dash Rendar.

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He's a mercenary, AKA not a Jedi. Unlike Kyle Katarn, he remains not-a-Jedi. This seems pretty rare in Star Wars games, as Jedi are really popular. That's what the suggestion of a comeback focuses on; A Star Wars game that focuses on someone who isn't a Jedi.

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Remember that game everyone was super hyped about, Star Wars 1313? It wasn't supposed to feature a Jedi. In fact, it followed Boba Fett in his younger years in sector 1313 of Coruscant. A real seedy underbelly tale of the grittier side of Star Wars. No high adventure and Force using in this title. But as many of us know, 1313 got canceled.

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Shadows of the Empire, along with Dash Rendar, proved that a game NOT featuring a Jedi could work, and very well at that. Shadows of the Empire was the third top-selling Nintendo 64 game of 1997 next to 007 GoldenEye and Mario Kart 64.  Come on Disney, Rogue One showed that it doesn't need to always be a Jedi, it's time to let those wings out again.

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Star Wars Battlefront

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By: LucasArts
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This one may seem too easy, as it's an easy target because DICE's Battlefront, but it wouldn't be talked about so often if it wasn't true. We want to see the true Star Wars Battlefront return.

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What does that entail? A story. What made Star Wars Battlefront II so special was the story following the 501st Legion of Clone Troopers. After Order 66, you followed them as Stormtroopers. Each mission had objectives that made sense and every one of them felt different from the last.

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In DICE's Battlefront, it just feels like Battlefield with a few changes. There are plenty of people who may say otherwise, but the point is there is no story to be invested in, just one deathmatch after another. Is the gameplay fun? Sure! But it's the characters and story that make Star Wars special.

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Another thing to note: The old LucasArts Battlefront games had their own skirmish maps called Instant Action. These maps were more-or-less what DICE did, the difference being that it's merely one mode in the old games and the entire package in the new one. It does leave something to be desired. But if DICE insists on keeping the new Battlefront an online-only deathmatch-fest, then maybe the other games on this list can fill in the need for Star Wars lore.

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Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast

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By: Lucas Arts
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First of all, this game stars Kyle Katarn. Next slide.

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No, but really, many people debate whether Kyle is a bad ass straight out of whatever Star Wars people call hell or a literary Mary Sue. Not only was he a cool character, but the games were actually really fun to play. They may seem dated by today's standards, but this game was like The Force Unleashed for the early 2000's. 

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Here's where the eureka moment happens. Combine the creativity of Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast with the fast-paced and pretty looks of The Force Unleashed and you can really give the Jedi Knight series the comeback it deserves.

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In Jedi Outcast, players started off not being a Jedi and slowly learning the ways of the Force. This meant fighting with a blaster and other non-lightsaber weapons. As you progressed through the game, more force powers were achieved, giving a sense of accomplishment.

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Now obviously, The Force Unleashed was a game about a fully unleashed Sith apprentice with overwhelming power from the get-go. That's fine, it's what it was. But applying the progression of Jedi Outcast to the mechanics of The Force Unleashed could be a big accomplishment. It could even be done from another angle, putting a Jedi in the driver's seat once again.

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Star Wars is a precious topic to many pop culture fans. Many of these fans also happen to be gamers, and it's no surprise that over the years, we've had many top notch Star Wars games.

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With the announcement of Star Wars 8 being subtitled The Last Jedi, discussion on the reemergence of Star Wars games has taken place. But what games would we like to see return? Some on this list may be obvious, but the details of "how" are what really make this list worth it.

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Star Wars 1313 hasn't been put in the sarlacc pit yet, should we be excited? https://www.gameskinny.com/1v3pu/star-wars-1313-hasnt-been-put-in-the-sarlacc-pit-yet-should-we-be-excited https://www.gameskinny.com/1v3pu/star-wars-1313-hasnt-been-put-in-the-sarlacc-pit-yet-should-we-be-excited Fri, 11 Dec 2015 06:14:09 -0500 Jessi_Cat

Star Wars is huge this year. With the new movie coming out in a week and Star Wars Battlefront now released it feels like our Star Wars news is done for the year. Well, we have more news. Star Wars 1313, you know the game that was thrown out once Disney corrupted- - I mean bought Lucasfilms. It would seem that they haven’t completely trashed as we thought. In fact thanks to SlashFilm we now know that they have been reading through the content of the game.

The head of Lucasfilms Kathleen Kennedy told SlashFilm:

“No. No, interestingly enough, that’s an area we’ve spent a lot of time, reading through the material that he developed is something we very much would like to explore. And there was 1313 the game, where there was….”

She also went on to say:

“Unbelievable. So our attitude is, we don’t want to throw any of that stuff away. It’s gold. And it’s something we’re spending a lot of time looking at, pouring through, discussing, and we may very well develop those things further. We definitely want to”

So yea there is hope for this game to return. From one Star Wars fan to another the new Lucasfilms is most likely doing a canon check. We all know they wiped the Expanded Universe from their minds to start a new adventure with us. Hopefully, Star Wars 1313 will live up to their expectations, and we can get this game back in the development room.

Should we be excited about this? Yes, we should let me tell you why. This could mean more projects we thought were dead might resurrect. Even maybe some live action TV series that were rumored to be in the works.

Both things whether a new game or TV series means more canon for the fans. Canon helps introduce new stories to us which means more games could come from those stories. Games that won't contradict the Star Wars Universe we have come to know and love.

If this game doesn't get a reboot, then it's sad, but that doesn't mean nothing could come from it. Like Flashfilms said in their article, this game could help with the Boba Fett film that was in the works.

A report from IGN back in 2013 talks about how the character in Star Wars 1313 was in fact Boba Fett. There isn't really a lot of information on Boba Fett besides his father Jango Fett and how Boba saw his father die. This game was meant to follow Boba across Tatooine, Coruscant and other planets as he hunted down bounties. He would start without his armor and then would receive it later on. Sadly we didn't receive this information until after the game was canceled.

Before the game was canceled we didn't know a whole lot. We knew that the player would play a bounty hunter (at this time they wouldn't say who) and that 1313 referred to which level of Coruscant you were on. They were really hush-hush about most details until the cancelation - - which only upset fans more after they heard about Boba Fett. However, the trailer for the game at E3 in 2012 is what pulled everyone's interest.

Being able to be a bounty hunter in the Star Wars universe was exciting. We know what it's like to be a Jedi or Sith. So the idea of being something different, especially a criminal, gave something fresh to the fans. Look at the Grand Theft Auto franchise, when choosing to be good or bad we always end up being bad then running from cops. 

We will see what does or doesn't come of it in the future. Meanwhile, we still have Star Wars Battlefront.

 

 

 

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There's still hope for Star Wars 1313 game https://www.gameskinny.com/f8o79/theres-still-hope-for-star-wars-1313-game https://www.gameskinny.com/f8o79/theres-still-hope-for-star-wars-1313-game Wed, 09 Dec 2015 19:43:36 -0500 Andrea Koenig

After a recent interview with Kathleen Kennedy, the head of Lucasfilm, a ray of hope was presented to Star Wars fans and gamers. The much anticipated game of E3 2012, titled Star Wars 1313, might still happen, because work at LucasArts was never scrapped.

For those late to the Star Wars 1313 drama, the game was being developed by LucasArts some years back. It turned heads at E3 before Disney purchased the company (and all other things Star Wars) and seemingly cancelled it by the laying off of much of the staff and distributing gaming licenses elsewhere.

All we really knew of the game's plot was that it was to follow an unidentified explorer in the city of Level 1313 of Coruscant. There was a combat focus shift from the assumed Jedi powers to hand-to-hand skills and tech-based weapons, similar to the Star Wars: Bounty Hunters game from 2002. It meant to tell the story surrounding the "early years of Boba Fett."

What once could be was then assumed to be a scrapped project as Disney moved in. This was an especially common assumption after EA Games and other AAA companies were granted licenses to create the Star Wars games. It was a strategy that was meant to decrease risk of loss to the company and increase its portfolio. It gave Disney various games in a wide range of styles, but no 1313.

However, Kennedy makes mention of this old fossil that could still be:

So our attitude is, we don’t want to throw any of that stuff away. It’s gold. And it’s something we’re spending a lot of time looking at, pouring through, discussing, and we may very well develop those things further. We definitely want to.

Does this mean that they want to use the content to keep creating the Star Wars 1313 game, or simply use its concepts to move forward with a film involving bounty hunter Boba Fett. (I mean, have you seen that concept art? Way to go, Gus Mendonca.)

All that is certain is the work that the developers put in so far is still there. They still look at it, they still develop some pieces of it, and wonder what will become of it. So since 2012, the game has been silently on hold, waiting for someone to pick it up and unleash it to the world in completion.

It's kind of like a little Pandora's Box, but with good things happening between the awesome of Star Wars and the hands-on fun of video games.

Many, including myself, choose to believe that the dream of 1313 hasn't died at the brink of this little discovery. The information and work is there, and there is access to it as it still continues to develop. They're fleshing it out to what could be a really great end result. All it needs is a license and a little push.

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Visceral's Star Wars Game Resembles Uncharted, According to Nolan North https://www.gameskinny.com/dg3jq/viscerals-star-wars-game-resembles-uncharted-according-to-nolan-north https://www.gameskinny.com/dg3jq/viscerals-star-wars-game-resembles-uncharted-according-to-nolan-north Fri, 03 Jul 2015 18:36:08 -0400 Curtis Dillon

EA Visceral's upcoming Star Wars game is being penned by Amy Hennig and, according to Nolan North (Nathan Drake himself), the game resembles Uncharted.

North was at Metrocon 2015, the same convention where he casually mentioned a sequel to The Last of Us, and he was asked about Amy Hennig's controversial departure from Uncharted 4: A Thief's End. When speaking to the audience, North had this to say: "If you're a big fan of Amy Hennig and her styles of story: the big thing about her is that she's gone to EA and is going to reboot a brand new Star Wars franchise in the style of Uncharted."

A Star Wars franchise that is similar to Uncharted sounds a lot like the cancelled game, Star Wars 1313. It's also telling that Nolan said "reboot", which again makes it sound like the potential return of the highly anticipated game.

Star Wars 1313 was an action adventure game revealed at E3 2012, developed by LucasArts. The game garnered much attention for being a gritty story in the Star Wars universe and having exciting, Uncharted-esque gameplay. The game was cancelled when Disney bought LucasArts and shut down all of its subsequent projects.

North went on to say the game isn't 1313 but "along the same lines", which fits his reboot statement. He also revealed he did the original mocap for the game when it was revealed.

Amy Hennig penned the first three Uncharted games as well as The Legacy of Kain and Jak & Daxter. EA Visceral have been working on this untitled Star Wars game since they wrapped Dead Space 3 in 2013, so a reveal is due sooner than later.

The team have been teasing development of the game recently, leading to many rumours that it may indeed be a Han Solo game. North finished his discussion of the game by saying, "I happen to know a lot about it and it's gonna be awesome."

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The most disappointing games ever to be cancelled https://www.gameskinny.com/mvv77/the-most-disappointing-games-ever-to-be-cancelled https://www.gameskinny.com/mvv77/the-most-disappointing-games-ever-to-be-cancelled Mon, 06 Jul 2015 09:48:58 -0400 Curtis Dillon

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So those are the most disappointing games to be cancelled. As you can probably tell, most of them were cancelled with good reason, or at least led to better things. But that doesn't mean we can't pine after what could have been. We never know what games will be unveiled and then cancelled but hopefully the industry is learning not to unveil games until they are close to being released.

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Anyway, which game do you pine for most? Are there any we missed that particularly disappointed you? Let us know in the comments!

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Silent Hills (PS4 - Cancelled 2015)
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Ooooohhh, this wound is still fresh. Silent Hills is the horror baby of Hideo Kojima and Guillermo Del Toro that never will see the light of day. The game was announced at E3 2014 and cancelled less than a year later. Silent Hills was revealed through an ingenious demo, called P.T., which was labelled as a demo for a random new horror game, it wasn't until people finished the demo that it was revealed to be a Silent Hill reboot.

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The infamous demo sent the internet into a frenzy, due to its truly unique puzzles and being incredibly terrifying. The demo ended with the shot above, which revealed Kojima and Del Toro were behind the game, and Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead) was starring in it. Needless to say, the Silent Hill series had never been more popular. Then it all came crashing down.

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Hideo Kojima had a rather public falling out with Konami, publisher of Silent Hills, and the game was subsequently cancelled. Konami has went into a bit of tailspin since then and the companies dedication to console gaming is understandably in question. The gamers suffered most from the falling out, as we lost one of the most intriguing and exciting horror games in years. Rumors were rampant before E3 that Microsoft had purchased the IP and intended to keep the game alive but they proved to be false.

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The only good thing to be taken away from all of this, is that a new game, titled Allison Road, is being made and is very clearly inspired by Silent Hills. If we never get the game we were teased, hopefully Allison Road can fill the void.

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Jak 4 (PS3 - Cancelled 2005)
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A game many have been clamoring for for years, and yet it would have been nothing like what they expected. Jak & Daxter is one of PlayStation's most popular series' and two of the brands most iconic figures. With that in mind it's a surprise there have only been 3 games in the main series. However, Naughty Dog was developing a fourth.

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When Naughty Dog left the PS1 it also left behind the systems mascot, Crash Bandicoot. It moved to PS2 and developed a more mature 3D platformer in Jak & Daxter: The Precursor Legacy, this again proved Naughty Dog's quality and spawned a new franchise. 4 games later the company was ready to move to the PS3 and stretch it's proverbial wings. The team wanted to do something more realistic, graphically and in tone. They started work on Jak 4, as seen in the artwork above, you can check out more of the art here, they toyed with the idea of a much more realistic Jak & Daxter.

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Naughty Dog scrapped the plans pretty swiftly, after feeling like the team had simply outgrew the series, and more importantly, 3D platformers. From here they moved on to the mega-popular, and mega-awesome, Uncharted series. The team has been asked on numerous occasions if they would ever attempt Jak 4 again, to which they say the series doesn't reflect their current strengths, but they never rule it out. While Jak 4 is an exciting prospect, one can't help but agree that Naughty Dog has excelled since leaving the series behind. Going back to Jak would be exactly that, a step backwards.

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Star Wars 1313 (PS3/360/PC - Cancelled 2013)
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I think this is right up there with the most disappointing games ever to be cancelled. Star Wars 1313 was the Star Wars game many had been waiting years for; a gritty third-person action game in the vein of Uncharted.

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The game was revealed at E3 2012 and developed by LucasArts. It was sadly cancelled in 2013 when Disney purchased the Star Wars licences from LucasArts. If you watched the trailer above you can see why that is so very disappointing. The good news is, Nolan North recently revealed that EA Visceral's upcoming Star Wars game is reminiscent of Uncharted, which makes it sound like a rebooted 1313. Fingers crossed.

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Multiple Mega Man Games
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Over the years Capcom has cancelled many Mega Man games, much to the dismay of the fans out there. Mega Man Anniversary Collection, Maverick Hunter, Mega Man Universe, Mega Man Legends 3 and Rockman Online, are a few of the cancelled games since 2006.

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Mega Man is a beloved series but the frequent cancellations have led to much frustration. It's a series that has always experimented, as you can see in the cancelled FPS above, it's just unfortunate many of those never come to fruition. Such frustration ultimately led to creator Keiji Inafune Kickstarting a new game, known as Mighty No. 9. If you haven't seen or heard of Mighty No. 9, it's a spiritual successor to the Mega Man series and looks set to scratch that itch.

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Gotham by Gaslight (PS3/360 - Cancelled 2006)
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Here we have another cancelled Batman game but a very unique one. Gotham by Gaslight was a game pitched by the studio that made F.E.A.R., based on the comic of the same name. It took Batman to an atmospheric Victorian London and pitted him against Jack the Ripper...sounds amazing!

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Well, as mentioned, Gotham by Gaslight was merely a pitch. The studio created the prototype, as seen above, in an attempt to gain the rights to the Batman character and universe. This was back around 2006/07, when DC was looking for a new partner to make a Batman game. Well, the bad news is Day 1 Studios didn't get those rights; the good news is Rocksteady did and thus we got the amazing Arkham trilogy.

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We obviously have no idea what the partnership is between DC and Rocksteady, but the developer has since stated that Arkham Knight is the end of its Batman games. Therefore, DC may be looking for a new partner. Again, the bad news is that Day 1 Studios is working on an unannounced game with World of Tanks developer, Wargaming. So don't expect to be cape stunning Jack the Ripper anytime soon.

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Prey 2 (PS3/360/PC - Cancelled 2014)
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The original Prey was a very well received game from Human Head Studios and published by 2K. 3 years after the games release the series rights were purchased by ZeniMax Media, parent company of Bethesda Softworks and id Software. After years of silence, Pete Hines of Bethesda just last year confirmed that Prey 2 had been cancelled.

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Prey 2 was to carry on from the original and was even shown off at E3 2012, with the very impressive trailer seen above. When announcing the games cancellation, Hines said it was simply not meeting Bethesda's quality standard, therefore I guess it was the best decision to make. He also stated that there is potential for them to return to Prey someday, should they have a good idea.

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B.C. (Xbox - Cancelled 2004)
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B.C. gets us back to new IP that looked pretty exciting (going way back to slide 1 with Eight Days). B.C. was a very ambitious Xbox game about a tribe that is forced to fight and evolve in order to survive in the prehistoric era. The tribe are simians. Basically you control cavemen and fight dinosaurs....why the hell was this cancelled?!

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Well, the best answer we have for that is simply that the game was just too ambitious. Indeed, it sounded massive and full of ground-breaking ideas that would even be impressive today. B.C. was a project that was a little ahead of its time but Phil Spencer, head of Xbox, recently stated his regret over B.C., so maybe someday it will return.

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Rage 2 (PS3/360/PC - Cancelled 2013)
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Ahh Rage, our love was short but passionate. Developed by id Software, the studio that brought you Doom, came Rage, an amalgamation of Fallout and Doom, with a dash of Mad Max. The game takes place after a massive asteroid wipes out the majority of humans on Earth. You emerge from an underground shelter, known as an Ark, into a world attempting to rebuild, filled with strange characters, monsters and a frenetic car culture. It was awesome.

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A sequel to the game was planned and even started before id Software made the decision to halt all development of Rage 2 and put those resources to work on Doom 4. That was a few years ago and Doom is still being worked on. The good news is that the team is supposed to start again with Rage once Doom ships. id has reiterated on several occasions that the series is not dead. Yay!

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Funnily enough, there was a Rage 2 easter egg in the original, as seen above. The egg hinted that Rage 2 would release the same year as Doom 5, little did they know Doom 4 wouldn't even be out by then!

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Star Wars: Battlefront III (PS3, 360, PC - Cancelled 2008
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Here's one that you can't even really be mad about. Star Wars Battlefront was a very popular and successful series on PS2, Xbox, and PC, so a third entry seemed inevitable. The game was rumoured and leaked for a while before LucasArts finally confirmed its existence, even stating in October 2008 that it was "pretty much done." The game was being developed by Free Radical Design, who became Crytek UK, who, in the same month announced they had lost the rights to the game.

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There are a few theories as to why it was cancelled. Steve Ellis, co-founder of Free Radical Design, said the game was canned because LucasArts refused to splash money on the game's marketing. A LucasArts employee then said that Free Radical Design had failed to meet deadlines, and couldn't complete development.

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Whatever the reason, Star Wars Battlefront III looked like quite a good threequel; but hey, at least we're getting a reboot.

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Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate 2 (TBA - Cancelled 2014)
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Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate was a companion game released Batman: Arkham Origins, and it was released on PS Vita and Nintendo 3DS. The game was better than the reviews suggested but it didn't exactly meet the high expectations set by the Arkham series, and the hopes everyone had for a 2D Batman game. Regardless the game was eventually released on PS3, 360, and PC.

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Concept art for a sequel was revealed in 2014. The art was the same as the cutscene art from the original game and featured Bane fighting The Dark Knight. This is a disappointing game to be cancelled because the original was so fun and a sequel could have fulfilled the potential greatness we had hoped for. Sadly, mediocre reviews and poor sales means this is a game we will probably never see.

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Eight Days (PS3 - Cancelled 2008)
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Eight Days was shown on stage at the Sony 2005 E3 Press Conference. This game was used to showcase the graphics and physics possible on the PS3. As you can see in the trailer above, Eight Days looked amazing, a little too much so for 2005. This was clearly either a very polished vertical slice, or a CGI trailer pretending to be gameplay, but it still blew everyone away.

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SCE London Studio was working on the game, a Sony first-party studio with over 60 development members, therefore the game had a great pedigree and a lot of people working on it. The idea was to finish Eight Days and move on to a new The Getaway.

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When the game was cancelled, Sony President Shuhei Yoshida said that Sony's first-party games were reviewed and Eight Days was cancelled so that resources could be placed elsewhere. He also said that lack of an online component was another factor. In 2009 the game was said to be "on-hold," rather than cancelled But, given that it's been 6 years and we haven't heard anything, you are permitted to mourn Eight Days.

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Every now and again, video games get cancelled. This can be a bitter pill to swallow when we've already seen a trailer or gameplay and were excited for it. That being said, and this is important to keep in mind, games are often cancelled for a good reason.

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Games are usually only cancelled when they aren't turning out the way the studio expected - any developer will tell you that the game doesn't actually come together until very late in production. It's kind of like assembling furniture, it's all a fragile disaster until you put in the final screw. However, there are many other reasons games get cancelled, some very unjustly as you will see, and some are just mysteries.

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Coming up is 11 of the most disappointing games ever to be cancelled. Oddly enough, most of them are from the PS3/360 generation, with a few from the PS2/Xbox era. Most of the games looked like they could have been special, some however paved the way for even better things! So read on and discover what could have been.

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Star Wars Trailers That Had More Bang Than The Prequels https://www.gameskinny.com/9ye4m/star-wars-trailers-that-had-more-bang-than-the-prequels https://www.gameskinny.com/9ye4m/star-wars-trailers-that-had-more-bang-than-the-prequels Thu, 05 Jun 2014 23:16:38 -0400 Landon Sommer

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STAR WARS™: The Old Republic™ - 'Return' Cinematic Trailer

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I think the real point here is that EA and Bioware should have made our Star Wars movies. Between all the trailers here there is no lack of smuggler bravado, bounty hunters, lightsaber duels, and the more noble Jedi deaths than we've seen in all the movies. Ok, don't count all the ones from Episode III.

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Star Wars: Battlefront 3 - Official E3 Teaser Trailer "Star Wars: Battlefront"

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I honestly couldn't tell you if this game was even happening any more, but this teaser pretty much looks like a poor schmuck lost his way and has to dodge wayward speeders and AT-AT feet in the battle of Hoth.

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Star Wars Republic Commando: Trailer 1

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Republic Commando gave more life to the clone troopers than any of the movies and only fell short of the story telling from the Clone Wars TV series. It also proved to be a solid game while proving to us that if you give a trooper a name, he can actually hit his target. When is Republic Commando 2 coming anyway?

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Star Wars 1313 Gameplay Trailer

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I know it's sad that we will never see what was set to be a likely masterpiece Coruscant underworld lore. The trailer starts off with music that sounds like a cop drama movie. Who wouldn't be excited about a Star Wars game where it wasn't just shooting lasers and swinging lightsabers. Except, we all know we want to swing lightsabers.

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Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II - Official E3 Trailer [HD]

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The trailer for the second Force Unleashed did several things for us. We were shown that Vader's apprentice still lived and that stormtroopers can still be colossal idiots when given simple tasks. Then again, what could you do if a Jedi can just roast the whole room, in every literal sense?

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The concept of clones just isn't used well enough in the prequels. Instead of claiming Palpatine was using some age-old unknown Force trick to hide his true self that even Yoda never saw before, why not just use a clone? Then Darth Sidious could run around without even having to share the same Senate as that awful Jar-Jar.

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Star Wars: The Force Unleashed Trailer

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While the previous two trailers were enjoyable, there hasn't been a Star Wars trailer that really made you just ask, "What the hell?," until this one. We've seen what Jedi could do in the movies, pulling a Star Destroyer right out of the sky was not on the list of things we thought they could do. The power level in the Star Wars universe took a strong turn to the upside with this trailer. The force powers in the movies just seem lame after this one.

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STAR WARS™: The Old Republic™ - 'Deceived' Cinematic Trailer

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Deceived is a trailer that pushes the limit of using slow motion, but it is often well timed; barely dodging a lightsaber, or the lightsaber hitting the floor as a Jedi Master loses his battle.

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Star Wars: The Old Republic - "Hope" Cinematic Trailer

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I saw this trailer as an attempt to deliver the idea that an unnamed trooper could go toe to toe with a Dark Jedi. Fearless, tough, and creative describe the one Republic trooper that charged right into battle without thinking twice that he might be outmatched by someone that could use the Force. Come to find out, it was the female Jedi coming to save the day that upped the ante.

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Did you see that part where she stopped the lightsaber with her hand? Perhaps Luke could have used that trick once...

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The Top 10 Best Star Wars Fan Games & Mods https://www.gameskinny.com/92ea4/the-top-10-best-star-wars-fan-games-mods https://www.gameskinny.com/92ea4/the-top-10-best-star-wars-fan-games-mods Fri, 01 May 2015 19:28:33 -0400 Elijah Beahm

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Bonus! -- Mass Effect: Unification -- Star Wars: Battlefront 2 Mod

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"What's this? Mass Effect? But I thought this was a Star Wars slideshow?" No worries, it still is, just this is one little bonus mod for fans of both Star Wars: Battlefront 2 and Bioware's own science fiction universe. The total conversion mod Mass Effect: Unification turns Battlefront 2's PC port into a warzone for Geth, Alliance Troops, Collectors, and more. It's still being semi-actively worked on with more factions and maps on the way. To download, just stop by the mod's ModDB page.

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That said, don't let this list be your only time with Star Wars mods. I was torn between so many other choices out there that you should totally explore. The Battlefront modding community has a staggering amount of content beyond the two mods mentioned, including some crazy levels for the original game that brought in Heroes mode and a few custom single-player levels that outdo anything Pandemic themselves created.

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The Jedi Knight community has its own lengthy archive of mods, reskins, and multiple lightsaber combat upgrades to intensify the strategy and skill to dueling. There's even been an effort to remake the original Dark Forces game in the new engine. And there's the Movie Duels mod that remakes scenes from the core trilogy.

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There are some other Star Wars games like Empire at War, X-Wing Alliance, and Galactic Battlegrounds with their own great mods and communities as well, with far too many notable choices to pick from. All you gotta do is take a look, and you'll have plenty of great fan-made Star Wars gaming to enjoy until the next major AAA release. If there are any projects I missed that you loved, please be sure to let me know in the comments below!

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Halo Star Wars -- Halo: Custom Edition Mod

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Halo: Custom Edition fans who also like Star Wars are also in for a treat with Halo Star Wars, a full conversion map set in space. Two Star Destroyers host the ground battle in their interiors whilst players battle with X-Wings, Tie Fighters, and a fully explorable and pilotable Millennium Falcon. There's even an R2 unit available as a vehicle to fly around in, and several weapons from the Galactic Civil War era.

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While definitely one of the odder mods, it is notable because of just how much effort had to be made to make Star Wars work within the Halo: Combat Evolved engine. As a series inspired more by Aliens than Dash Gordon, pulling off a successfully homage is quite impressive.

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The Sith Lords: Restored Content Modification -- Knights of the Old Republic 2 Mod

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I don't think any other mod on this list has had as troubled and manic a development cycle as Restored Content. You see, Knights of the Old Republic 2 was forced out by Lucas Arts way before it was supposed to. Originally, Obsidian had much grander plans, but they had to release a game that was only three fifths finished (at best) and with an entire planet and more cut.

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However, several mod teams over time have managed to not only restore the planet, but a vast majority of the game's ending. For the first time, players can see Knights of the Old Republic 2 as it was intended, not as it released. While the core game itself is not drastically changed, it offers a great deal more closure and clarity on the events that transpired. The mod is so thorough and well executed that it even won an award from ModDB.

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You can download the mod and experience Obsidian's pathos filled epic properly, right here.

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Total Conversion Mod -- Star Wars: Battlefront 2 Mod

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Done with Dark Times II: Rising Son? Need a bit more of a Bioware flair to your battlefields? Look no further than the Total Conversion Mod! Possibly one of the most comprehensive mods for Battlefront 2, it offers:

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New Maps:

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  • Haruun Kal
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  • Naboo: Plains
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  • Ord Ibanna
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  • Kamino: Tipoca City
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  • Methlyn
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  • Naboo: Prototype
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  • Rattatak
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  • Rhen Var: Citadel
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  • Rhen Var: Harbor
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  • Tatooine: Dune Sea
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  • Yavin IV: Arena
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  • Space Bespin
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  • Space Endor
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  • Space Geonosis
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  • Space Rhen Var
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New Game Modes:

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  • Holocron
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  • Knights of the Old Republic Era: Includes over 20 new hero units and more than 30 infantry units from the games KotOR I and KotOR II. Playable as a third era.
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  • Over 30 new heroes for Galactic Civil War and Clone Wars eras.
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  • Over 40 new infantry units for Galactic Civil War and Clone Wars eras.
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  • Over 30 new vehicles for Galactic Civil War and Clone Wars eras.
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Here's the download page.  Download it, and relive all your favorite moments from the Knights of the Old Republic games and the original Battlefront.

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The Battle of Yavin -- Fan Game

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The Battle of Yavin, one of two fan games by Bruno R. Marcos, is a rare treat. It's a simple arcade flight sim, but offers the chance to see if you can destroy the Deathstar. As the Rebel reinforcements deplete rapidly, you eventually become the lone pilot, and it can be a nerve-wracking, yet rewarding experience. It's like a mix of X-Wing and Contra.

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You can download the game from Game Jolt. For those who complete it or prefer Return of the Jedi, Marcos' second Star Wars fan game is the same core gameplay but during the Battle of Endor.

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Star Wars: First Strike -- Battlefield 2142 Mod

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Arguably one of the longest living fan multiplayer mods, First Strike takes DICE's Battlefield 2142 and turns it into galactic warfare. Unlike a lot of mods and fan projects, the developers have passed version 1.6 and are only stopping to participate in a new fan project (which you should also keep an eye on), Star Wars: Battlecry. They've supported their community and have hosted several special campaign events for players to fight for supremacy.

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The game may not look the prettiest, but it contains a vast amount of content for players. There's single-player, co-op, and multiplayer modes, along with a full progression system and both space and ground combat maps. Really, if you have a copy of Battlefield 2142 lying around, you owe it to yourself to at least try this once.

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If any of that piques your interest, be sure to grab the mod's latest installer here.

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The Force Unleashed II: Evolution -- The Force Unleashed II Mod

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The Force Unleashed II is a criminally short game, and that's a pity since the gameplay is genuinely solid. Now though, with the lower price and one man having finally cracked how to mod the game, there's incentive to snatch it up on PC.

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With numerous new challenges, weapon stances, and assets from the cut PC version of the Endor DLC campaign, you can finally get something far closer to the experience the game should have offered. You can snag SWTFU II Evolution mod in it's Alpha form here.

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But of course, no new and improved Force Unleashed experienced would be complete without all the character skins from the last game, plus new ones, and multiple weapons to choose from. You can also find a mod that unlocks them on ModDB.

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The Brotherhood of Solomon: Solomon's Revenge -- Knights of the Old Republic Mod

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One of the truly greatest Star Wars mods, The Brotherhood of Solomon: Solomon's Revenge. This mod is practically a fully-fledged expansion pack for Knights of the Old Republic. You get new companions, new enemies, new worlds to explore, and more -- all with multiple voice actors bringing life to the story when other mods would just have subtitles. It's a massive project and one of the most ambitious ones out there.

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Did I mention it also perfectly integrates into the main storyline, taking place after your first confrontation with Malak? The original Knights of the Old Republic already featured a rather lengthy campaign, but for fans wanting more in their next run, nothing really beats Solomon's Revenge.

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Dark Times II: Rising Son -- Star Wars: Battlefront 2 Mod

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What is this madness? Starkiller from The Force Unleashed in Star Wars: Battlefront 2? A full new single-player campaign with a branching trail and numerous new units to unlock along the way? Multiplayer support for the new maps and units as well? Tons of rebalancing, including brand new classes and abilities? Why it's none other than the Dark Times II: Rising Son mod.

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Yes, it genuinely has a main campaign (played in the game's Conquest mode) with branching side objectives. It also does its best to bring the Dark Times era to Star Wars: Battlefront II, stretching the combat and mechanics to the brink. New powers from The Force Unleashed also make the jump despite the game being technically an entire generation older. Just bear in mind that to compensate for this, the game's AI and combat is also much less forgiving. Consider it a warm up for the battles ahead.

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You can grab this one on here.

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Star Wars: Conquest -- Mount & Blade Mod

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Speaking of a galaxy far, far away --  did you know there's a mod called Star Wars: Conquest? It takes Mount & Blade and converts the entire historical setting into a Star Wars sandbox the likes of which Lucas Arts never provided. You can become a Jedi, a Rebel, an Imperial, a droid, and whatever else pleases you. All the core gameplay of Mount & Blade remains, along with blaster combat and vehicles.

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Arguably, the combat is still very Mount & Blade (love it or hate it), but the attention to detail is sound. Also, nothing beats defeating Grand Moff Tarkin with a massive army of Jawas, while charging on a speeder bike as a droid Jedi. Here's a link to the game's ModDB page.

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Star Wars Mod: Galactic Warfare -- Call of Duty 4 Mod

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A long time ago in the Call of Duty that started the trend of modern military shooters there's a mod that converts the online experience into a full Star Wars battleground. The mod converts the traditional Call of Duty 4 gameplay into a Star Wars experience, including maps on Bespin and Tatooine. A few additional maps and content updates have actually been released since version 1.0, and there are two servers to connect to if you're looking for players:

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213.133.110.38:27000 -- Africa
208.167.250.217:28960 -- USA

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Galactic Warfare has what every reflex shooter Star Wars fan wants. You can grab it and start shooting all those scruffy looking nerf herders on ModDB.

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Disappointed we'll never get that open-world version of Star Wars 1313? Can't wait for DICE's Star Wars: Battlefront? Well here's a list of mods and fan games for all Star Wars gaming fans out there with a PC, and an eagerness to try some fellow fans' creations.

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Star Wars: The Battle Begins at E3 2014 https://www.gameskinny.com/ya8ci/star-wars-the-battle-begins-at-e3-2014 https://www.gameskinny.com/ya8ci/star-wars-the-battle-begins-at-e3-2014 Thu, 08 May 2014 14:46:52 -0400 Delta Squad Reaper

A few days ago, EA CEO Andrew Wilson revealed plans to showcase Star Wars Battlefront at E3 this year during a financial conference. As we all know, the reboot for the Battlefront franchise is currently under development by Battlefield creator, DICE. Many in the gaming community have been patiently waiting well over 6 years for another Battlefront title, and after many ups and downs we are finally getting our wish. Many sources speculate that what DICE and EA will be showcasing is campaign footage, but we cannot say for certain.

DICE members recently tweeted about the game stating that it was in a playable state, but EA says there is still much to work on. Although it is still seems like a long road, Wilson also stated that the project was coming along very well. This is a good sign of things to come, as we count down the days to release. Battlefront is slated for a 2015 release.

More to Come?

In addition to Star Wars: Battlefront, EA plans to show six more projects they are working on. Could these six games be more Star Wars titles? EA also has Visceral games and Bioware under contract, with Visceral working on an undisclosed open-world Star Wars title that has Amy Hennig from Naughty Dog, who worked with the Uncharted series, joining Visceral for this particular title. Could it be Star Wars 1313 after all?

(Star Wars 1313 concept art showing off Boba Fett in his Mandalorian armor) 

Knowing that Visceral games is probably most known for their critically acclaimed series Dead Space, it could also be a Death Troopers video game, which would be amazing. Those who do not know, Death Troopers was a novel written by Joe Schreiber, created as a horror story within the Star Wars universe inspired by a combination of The Shining and Alien.

Many people believe that the cancelled Darth Maul video game that has recently been brought to light could be making a comeback.  However, the original company behind the game's development, Red Fly, is not under EA's thrall, making that very unlikely. We also cannot count out a third entry into the Knights Of The Old Republic series by Bioware... *Cue thunderous applause and cheer*

Whether these are all right predictions or not, I can already tell we are all at least a little bit excited to hear news of Battlefront being covered at E3 2014. Let me know how you feel about this news and what you think the six additional titles being covered could be in the comments section below! May the force be with you!

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Star Wars 1313 Would Have Been Multiplatform, Most Likely https://www.gameskinny.com/eo4ld/star-wars-1313-would-have-been-multiplatform-most-likely https://www.gameskinny.com/eo4ld/star-wars-1313-would-have-been-multiplatform-most-likely Mon, 03 Feb 2014 09:54:53 -0500 Fathoms_4209

Will Star Wars 1313 ever come to fruition? Well, if it does, it won't be exclusive to Microsoft's new console.

A fan asked Microsoft Studios boss Phil Spencer on his Twitter page if the anticipated title might be an Xbox One exclusive. However, as Disney is basically in charge now, Spencer replied:

 Star Wars 1313 was initially announced at E3 2012. It was unveiled as a third-person action/adventure game from LucasArts, and was supposed to feature the iconic bounty hunter, Boba Fett, as the main character. Unfortunately, when Disney acquired the lucrative Star Wars franchise and closed down LucasArts in 2013, the game was canceled.

Since then, there have been rumors concerning the project's resurrection. We know the game's creative director, Dominic Robillard, joined the PlayStation side and he's working on an unannounced project. So, there's no knowing if Star Wars 1313 will ever see release.

No chance it'll be exclusive to any platform

If it does come out, there's zero chance it'll be exclusive. Massive companies like Disney don't voluntarily limit their audience size, especially when they're pedaling one of the biggest IPs in entertainment history. No, any Star Wars game produced will undoubtedly be created for as many platforms as possible. Companies that size don't care about such petty things as "console wars," ya know.

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Star Wars 1313 Cancelled https://www.gameskinny.com/ofmr4/star-wars-1313-cancelled https://www.gameskinny.com/ofmr4/star-wars-1313-cancelled Tue, 21 Jan 2014 05:28:14 -0500 Venisia Gonzalez

Disney has announced they have abandoned the trademark for Star Wars 1313.

Star Wars 1313 was a third-person action-adventure video game. It would be more mature and gritty as compared to previous Star Wars games, resulting in an 'M' rating (for ages 17+). The concept was fast-paced, gadget and weapon-based combat using tools exclusive to bounty hunters.

Originally revealed at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in June 2012, the game planned to feature cover-based combat, platform gameplay and "playable cinematic gameplay."

Stories from when Disney purchased LucasArts, had stated that the game wouldn't be affected. This of course, didn't last long as rumors surfaced that the game was on hold, then eventually cancelled.

Disney chose not to renew the trademark for Star Wars 1313; the result was that Disney abandoned the project, according to The United States Patent and Trademark office on December 23, 2013.

So for all us Star Wars fans, all of our pleas for this epic game go unheard (so-to-speak) thanks to our pals at Disney.

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EA Not Planning to Make Games Based on Star Wars Movies https://www.gameskinny.com/mgjw3/ea-not-planning-to-make-games-based-on-star-wars-movies https://www.gameskinny.com/mgjw3/ea-not-planning-to-make-games-based-on-star-wars-movies Wed, 20 Nov 2013 18:13:15 -0500 The Ian M

Video game giant, Electronic Arts has an exclusive licensing agreement with Disney for any new Star Wars video games. The company recently revealed that they will not be releasing games based on the upcoming movies in the franchise. EA did say that they do plan to take the franchise in "many different genres across multiple platforms."

I'm not sure if I should be relieved or irritated.  On one hand, we won't be seeing any terrible movie adaptations. On the other hand, Disney closed down long-time Star Wars developer, Lucasarts, who most recently were working on the epic Star Wars: 1313.

EA's CFO Blake Jorgensen had a presentation this week at the UBS Global Technology Conference in California this week where it was revealed that EA's licensing agreement to develop will cover the next decade. 

Jorgensen said that Star Wars was such a broad and open franchise that a movie tie-in would be uninspiring. 

"The beauty of the Star Wars franchise is that it's so broad and so deep, you don't have to do a movie game, you can do a game that's very focused on the world that's been created around Star Wars."

Jorgensen said that the partnership between the two companies was a good thing, explaining that EA plans to use Disney's extensive marketing to its own advantage. DICE, The studio behind the Battlefield and Mirror's Edge franchises is currently working on an installment in the Star Wars: Battlefront series, due out in 2015.

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Video Game Engines Will Be Used in Films https://www.gameskinny.com/uvuvn/video-game-engines-will-be-used-in-films https://www.gameskinny.com/uvuvn/video-game-engines-will-be-used-in-films Fri, 27 Sep 2013 11:42:27 -0400 Alexa Serrano

According to Kim Libreri, the Chief Technology Strategy Officer at Lucasfilms, computer graphics will begin to evolve in a way where video game assets can be inserted in real-time. The benefit to this will be to lessen the trouble of post-production that filmmakers face. 

Lucasfilm and their effects company Industrial Light and Magic already put this into practice in their abandoned video game 1313, which was a Star Wars game. 1313's concept proves how real-time capture can work. 

Below is a video of the Star Wars 1313 concept.

Many video games already use this real-time motion capture, but Libreri explains that this will help cut back on production time for films as well as help create great digital effects.

"Being able to animate, edit, and compose live is going to change the way we work and it's really going to bring back the creative experience in digital effects."

Within the next decade, Liberi says that we will begin to see more and more video game graphics making their way into film production. 

Upcoming Star Wars Film

Kathleen Kennedy, a producer of the new Star Wars film coming out in 2015, said that the new film will not be relying on the computer-generated graphics as much as the prequels relied on. Kennedy, who worked on E.T., Back to the Future, Sixth Sense and Jurassic Park, to name a few, says she wants to have a balance between using real locations with some CG effects. 

"It's using model makers; it's using real droids; it's taking advantage of artwork that you actually can touch and feel. And we want to do that in combination with CG effects. We figure that's what will make it real..."

Kennedy is making sure she doesn't over use the technology, since she feels that too many films are overly reliant on them. She explains that Jurassic Park is a great example of the perfect blend of CG and practical effects. 

How do you feel about CG effects in films and/or the idea of lessening post-production time? What do you think about the Star Wars 1313 Concept video? Leave your thoughts in the comments below. 

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Star Wars 1313 Concept Art Leaked https://www.gameskinny.com/8k2zf/star-wars-1313-concept-art-leaked https://www.gameskinny.com/8k2zf/star-wars-1313-concept-art-leaked Thu, 26 Sep 2013 07:57:29 -0400 The Ian M

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Star Wars 1313  was shaping up to be an epic game with beautiful and intriguing settings, it's such a pity Disney canned it. 

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IGN's source said that the droid would eventually betray Fett but for the beginning of the game they are allies, fighting side by side. Here you can see Fett is still wearing his familiar armor but the source said that a player would start out with the basics and upgrade as the game progressed.

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Boba Fett chasing a Trandoshan was the primary focus of the demo and here we have the end of the successful chase.  During the chase Fett goes through many storefronts including a butcher shop with Tauntauns hanging from the ceiling. IGN's source says that the crime syndicates were using Tauntauns to smuggle spices and other merchandise, saying that this would have been a key plot point for 1313. Just look at that droid in the background...

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Here's a shot of other bounty hunters fighting for the various syndicate families found on Coruscant Layer 1313.

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Also leaked to IGN was a 15 minute demo, where we see Fett climbing a massive set piece of pipes in action platforming similar to Uncharted. According to IGN's source, these scripted set pieces would have been common in the finished game. 

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Here we see everyone's favourite bounty hunter, Boba Fett, roasting some baddies what appears to be the depths of Coruscant. But IGN's source did not confirm the location.

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Star Wars 1313 the epic game in development by Lucasarts was recently canceled after the studio was shut down following Disney's acquisition of the Star Wars brand. 

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But all is not lost as some new concept art was recently leaked to IGN.

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