The Book of Boba Fett isn’t great. It’s not the worst thing to come from Disney-era Star Wars, but it certainly isn’t the best either, and it highlights a bunch of problems fans have with the House of Mouse’s handling of the license. Boba Fett was an interesting character because he had a cool design and we didn’t know much about him. In the new Disney Plus series, we get to know everything about him — and turns out, it’s pretty boring.
How Star Wars 1313 looked like a better Boba Fett story
Disney already gave us a super cool, stoic bounty hunter in the form of Din Djarin, a.k.a. The Mandalorian, so it clearly wanted to go a different route with Boba Fett. And considering Boba’s personality wasn’t exactly well-established, I’d be fine with a different being taken, if that route was more interesting than what I’d already conjured up in my imagination. Instead, we learn that directly after Return of the Jedi, Boba’s Joe Rogan-looking ass spent most of his time trying to convince ambivalent aliens to respect him.
On the other hand, leaked Star Wars 1313 gameplay footage has surfaced today, offering our first look at what we could have had with the canceled action game. Boba Fett is the lead character here, too, but rather than the weirdly altruistic undemocratically elected leader we’re shown in The Book of Boba Fett, he’s instead doing bounty hunter-y things. Y’know, as a bounty hunter should do.
Watch the footage below:
In the footage we see Boba exploring new worlds, chasing down bounties, and indulging in some Uncharted-esque action setpieces. In The Book of Boba Fett, we see Boba blast his way out of the Sarlacc Pit with relative ease, become oddly enamored with his Tusken captors, and walk around Tatooine with no one particularly bothered by his presence. I get that it’s supposed to be the story of Boba earning respect, but we’re five episodes into a seven-episode run and he’s still mostly meandered around Tatooine being moderately diplomatic. It hasn’t exactly made for a rollercoaster ride.
Unfortunately, much like Rise of Skywalker canonically ruined Luke and Anakin’s story, The Book of Boba Fett ensures that this once mysterious character will now always be this sad bounty hunter trying to convince Mos Espa’s bored residents to love him. This means that the opportunity to make something like Star Wars 1313 about Fett has been and gone, and we’ll never get the opportunity again to establish a canon for Fett that’s more interesting than him teaching Tuskens to ride a speeder like a Bantha.
It’s been confirmed that EA is working on three Star Wars games currently, which include the Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order sequel, a new game from Apex Legends and Titanfall creator Respawn, and a strategy title. As such, it seems like the ship has firmly sailed on Star Wars 1313, and Boba Fett’s position as a mysterious and (mostly) faceless bounty hunter will remain spoiled. Everything Disney has produced so far has been part of its newly established Star Wars canon, so it’s unlikely we’ll see 1313 make a comeback and Fett’s story shift from a sad guy trying to get people to like him, to the man of mystery he once was.
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