Last year LucasArts was preparing to launch a new Star Wars game, Star Wars 1313, which would have put players into the underground crime world of Level 1313 on Coruscant to uncover the truth surrounding a criminal conspiracy. Fans were excited about this game because it was epic and would have allowed explorations of the Star Wars world never seen before. It was also for mature audiences.
Or would have been. However, the game was dropped when LucasArts closed this past spring disappointing gaming fans everywhere.
The Inquire.net released footage this month of the game and where they are when it comes to the advancement of VFX and how these advancements will affect movie-making in the future. Though the game itself has stalled in production, at the Technology Strategy Board event at BAFTA in London this month, LucasFilm’s chief technology strategy officer Kim Libreri spoke about how the changes and innovations used in video game design may affect film and how video-game engines might be used in the film-making process in such a way that the entire post-production process could eventually be skipped altogether. You can read more here at the Inquirer.net.
Is this a good thing? I am not sure. It is possible to become so enamored with technology and the innovations of such technology that storytelling and the emotional, human connection in a story is forgotten and lost. How will such innovations affect the performances of actors? How does it affect them now, as video motion-capture in film-making is already a reality? And if a director is not sure of what he or she wants creatively while filming will this really solve anything? When over-used, these things can have an affect on the emotional core of a film – its story and those chosen to perform it.
You can see footage of the game in the video below.
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