Star Wars Outlaws will let you backstab Jabba the Hutt

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Star Wars Outlaws will feature the original gangster, Jabba the Hutt, who you can run errands for – or even betray.


Star Wars Outlaws will be big. Really, really big. And as part of that bigness, Ubisoft Massive’s upcoming open-world adventure will take in Tatooine, its hive of scum and villainy, Mos Eisley, and corpulent crime boss, Jabba the Hutt.

New Star Wars Outlaws details emerged from San Diego Comic Con over the weekend, and have since been brought to us by IGN. One particularly eye-catching morsel of information they’ve revealed is that loveable rogue protagonist Kay Vess will have the opportunity to work for Jabba the Hutt and potentially betray him.

Speaking to, Massively creative director Julian Gerighty talked a bit more about Vess’ journey through the criminal underworld. According to him, working for various crime syndicates – and playing one off against the other – is a fairly major part of the game.

“Your relationship with the criminal syndicates is an integral part of one of the [game] systems that we call the reputation system,” Gerighty said. “That’s all about the spinning plates of working with one criminal syndicate to backstab another, or backstabbing both of them at the same time. It’s your unique narrative path throughout the adventure, contrasting your relationship with the different criminal syndicates. You get on their good side, they’re going to get you special prices, access to faction territories, adventures, unique quests. Get on their wrong side, they’re going to send people after you. So there’s this unique path that you are going to draw. And by the end of the game you’ll have a real reputation with all of those crime syndicates.”

Gerighty then went on to explain that Lucasfilm suggested that Outlaws be set between the events of Star Wars movies Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi because “the crime syndicates are so active, because there’s so much chaos out there in the universe.”

It all sounds strikingly like Star Wars 1313, the cancelled Lucasfilm game that would have seen players journey through Coruscant’s criminal underbelly as a young Boba Fett. That game met an untimely end when Disney bought up the Star Wars studio a decade ago. It sounds as though at least a few shreds of 1313′s griminess will live on in next year’s Star Wars Outlaws.

You can get an early look at how Jabba will look in the behind-the-scenes clip below.

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