Things have been pretty quiet about EA Visceral’s Star Wars game, which is expected out in fall of 2018, and now there’s a new rumor about its setting and story.
StarWarsNewsNet has a rumor about how closely EA Visceral’s game may have gotten to the Han Solo movie at one point:
“As I told you my first source left and was mystified when it wasn’t announced at that years E3. He said the game was ready to be shown. Then he left EA and I didn’t hear much until recently. Anyway the guy who was brought in says that the staff who are left who were originally on the project felt that when they brought in the new lady they were scrambling to rewrite / redo almost the entire project because they were worried about stepping on the toes of the movie being made.”
At one point during development EA hired Jade Raymond to work with Visceral on the game, which is what that paragraph is referring to.
“Long story short. Source A and Source B and I were drinking and Source A asked B what was up with the game and why it wasn’t out. I didn’t even know B was working on the project at this point. B said the games been redesigned (plot wise, the art and stuff while obviously improved is largely the same as its still the SW universe). A asked why, B said he got the vibe that it was because it was covering too much of the same ground as the solo film project. A said that made sense as (like I previously told you) he got the vibe the story parts of the game were actually being directed by people at Lucas Film and not the creative team. Now the game is about some random smuggler and a largely different plot. It sounds like some of the baddies may be the same but it’s largely a new plot. So now it’s a totally different project with similar themes.”
EA Visceral’s game is not Star Wars 1313, but that game’s DNA still exists in the title being developed in Redwood Shores, CA (just down the freeway from the old Lucasarts offices).
When Star Wars 1313 was first shown years ago, it featured a generic smuggler character. At one point in development there was a chance of it becoming a Han Solo title, before becoming a Boba Fett game that was widely reported on some gaming sites. Moving it back to a new smuggler character would be bringing Visceral’s game much closer to the fabled 1313.