Star Wars 1313 is a single-player adventure game in the Star Wars universe, taking place between episodes III and IV. The main gimmick here is that you will not have any access to Force powers. There is no option to be a Jedi or a Sith, and there are no lightsabers—at least not for the protagonist. Instead, the player takes on a regular human adventuring in the criminal underworld (literally) of Coruscant, the home planet of the Jedi order.
The major themes here seem to be the journey between light and darkness and the feeling of powerlessness in the face of a greater force. There will be lots of politics to explore and decisions to make on the morality tree, interspersed with plenty of shooting bad guys, and using bounty hunter gadgets to navigate the ultra-tech environment.
The official synopsis of the game is thus:
Named for Level 1313, a ruthless criminal underground deep below the surface of the planet of Coruscant, the game puts 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.
There isn’t a whole lot of details abounding about the game play itself yet, but from what little we’ve seen so far—mostly from a game play footage video shown back at E3—it seems reminiscent of other modern third-person tactical adventure games, like Mass Effect, and contains lots of in-game scripted events in addition to the cut-scenes. We’ll likely know a lot more closer to release. For now, we can be content with confirmation that it’s significantly darker in tone than recent Star Wars games.
No release date has yet been announced for Star Wars 1313.
Here’s that gameplay video, if you missed it earlier this summer: