We haven't really heard anything on Visceral Games' new Star Wars effort in some time, mainly because Electronic Arts is so busy with promoting the forthcoming Star Wars: Battlefront II from DICE. But today, some new information may have leaked out regarding the forthcoming title, which is also getting a great deal of contribution from Uncharted writer Amy Hennig.
According to the Making Star Wars page, the game will focus on an original new character named Dodger, being played by actor/writer Todd Stashwick – who, by the way, was supposed to be in Uncharted 4 prior to Hennig's departure from the project. The full details are below:
Todd Stashwick (12 Monkeys, The Riches, the Originals, Supernatural, Gotham and writer of Visceral's Star Wars game) is playing Dodger. Dodger isn't his real name. He was forced into the criminal underworld when he "dodged" the draft into Imperial service, leaving home on very bad terms. When he decided to run he became wanted by the Empire and basically went into hiding in the seedy underbelly of the galaxy. He learned to be charming and how to talk fast. However, his life got a lot worse after the destruction of his home world of Alderaan and he found himself on a wanted "survivors list" held by the Empire (a story idea which popped up in Marvel's Leia comic series).
When the Rebels blew up the Death Star, the Empire focused its retribution towards the outer rim where the "terrorists" that blew up the battle station originated from. This is bad for Dodger but also gives him opportunities to make money. The Empire's new involvement with the outer rim shakes up the criminal underworld in interesting and threatening ways to Dodger and his compatriots. Friends begin to turn on one another and criminals become heroes willing to aid the rebels for the first time.
Dodger is thrust into the story when he has the opportunity to work for Jabba the Hutt (more on that in a future update). The job will give Dodger the money he needs to buy himself off the list of Alderaanian survivors via corrupt Imperials. In the process Dodger finds something terrifying about what the Empire wants to do with the weapon that hits close to home and forces him to confront his past and the destruction of his home-world head on.
Dodger is completely cable of taking care of himself and his foes. He's armed with a light whip/grapple stick and a blaster. His signature move is to activate the light whip/grapple stick and ensnare his enemies with his left hand and then blast them into oblivion with the the pistol in his right hand. There are a lot of variants on these weapons which might mean they just conceptualized a lot of these things or there will be DLC and variants to obtain in game. Either way, he uses his magic lasso and his pistol to stop his enemies cold.
This is some interesting information, but considering that it didn't officially come from Visceral Games or Electronic Arts, it should be taken with a grain of salt. Still, if this holds, we could be seeing a great new take on the Star Wars universe.
We'll let you know once we hear anything official on the project!