We've known that Visceral Games has a Star Wars title in the works. Nothing was mentioned at EA E3 press conference about it, meaning it is still in a galaxy far, far away. However, a Star Wars fan site is reporting some details that could give us the first clue on what to expect.
MakingStarWars.net is reporting several plot details for Project Ragtag, the code name for the new game, and on the chance that some of these details are accurate, we will throw out a big SPOILER warning now. So you are warned. Also, you can intersperse the words supposedly and rumored through the next few paragraphs.
The game will be set between the time of Star Wars IV: A New Hope and Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back. Writer Todd Stashwick (12 Monkeys) is penning the story along with Visceral's Amy Hennig. The main character is a shady individual named Dodger who had been at home on Alderaan. He got the nickname when he avoided military service with the Imperial army. Once Alderaan and the Death Star are destroyed, Dodger ends up doing work for Jabba the Hutt and the Hutt criminal underground. He also finds he is wanted by the Empire and is on a known "survivors list" as the Empire sweeps through the outer rim hunting for the rebel elements responsible for the Death Star's destruction.
In his time working for Jabba, Dodger is saving money to buy his way off the list, but being part of the underground gets him access to various information about the Empire's plans, causing him to rethink his past and confront the destruction of his home world, and forcing him into an unlikely alliance with the rebels.
We won't steal all the thunder from the article, where you can read more on Dodger's abilities and weapons. While these reports could be true now, the development of any game in its early stages is very fluid and things could change drastically before we even make it to an official announcement. The game isn't set for release until sometime later next year, and there is the specter of Star Wars 1313 looming in the background.
Visceral Games has a strong track record, with games like Dead Space under its belt. It also is home to developer Hennig, who is also getting collaboration from Kim Swift and Jade Raymond, all of whom know a thing or two about making quality games. Raymond said around this time last year that "the team at Visceral Games is forging ahead into an exciting phase of development. Seeing Amy Hennig lead this team through the creative process has been incredible. She is a rare breed of storyteller, and she’s collaborating with the creative leaders at Lucasfilm to tell a new, authentic Star Wars story."
Suffice it to say, take this with more than a grain of salt, but if true, it sounds pretty interesting