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Star Wars 1313 reportedly put on hold

Game's future 'is clouded' following $4 billion Disney acquisition

Doubts have been cast over the next-gen action game Star Wars 1313, following a new report which says the project has been frozen.

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Kotaku claims that the project has undergone "some tumultuous turns" after LucasFilm was acquired by Disney for $4 billion last year.

It is claimed that LucasArts' parent company had suddenly changed the studio's production path (likely to line up games against the next trilogy of films. The JJ Abrams-directed Star Wars Episode 7 is scheduled for a release in 2015.

"Three unrelated sources familiar with game development at LucasArts have all told us that development on the game has been frozen or put on hold," the Kotaku report claimed.

"That freeze has caused a game that was slated for a late 2013 release on next-gen platforms to potentially miss this year's E3 and to slide into next year."

LucasArts declined to comment on the specifics of the matter but insisted that the game has not been cancelled.

A company spokesperson said: "LucasArts has been working diligently to take advantage of the tremendous opportunities that the new Star Wars movies present."

In late October last year, LucasArts insisted that the Disney takeover had no impact on the development of Star Wars 1313.

Analysis from CVG at the time supposed that Disney had grown cautious of triple-A games following commercial disappointments such as Epic Mickey and Split Second.

However, Disney may be encouraged by the revenue possibilities of three new Star Wars games that could coincide with the release of the next trio of films in 2015, 2017 and 2019.

The Kotaku report suggests that Star Wars 1313 was originally intended to be an open-word RPG with episodic character updates delivered via DLC. It was apparently scaled back in 2010 following budgetary concerns.

Star Wars 1313 dazzled onlookers when it was first shown at E3 2012.

Since then there has been no news on the project.

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