‘Star Wars 1313’ marks games comeback attempt by George Lucas

By Ben Fritz

After virtually disappearing from sight since late 2010, George Lucas’ video game company is attempting a comeback by plunging back into the Star Wars universe.

LucasArts on Friday announced that it has been developing a new title, “Star Wars 1313.”

Set to be unveiled at the E3 conference next week in Los Angeles, the game puts players in control of a bounty hunter ensconced in a “ruthless criminal underground,” according to a company statement. Unlike the plethora of Star Wars titles aimed at kids, the company is describing “Star Wars 1313” as a “mature-themed video game.”

Many in the industry have wondered about the future of LucasArts following the disappointing sales and critical reception of “Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II” in late 2010. Around the same time, the San Francisco company laid off about 80 of its 250 employees.

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