Craig Derrick | Game Director & Executive Producer

Solo Trailer w/Kinect Star Wars Soundtrack

Posted on February 7, 2018

So happy to see some love for the amazing soundtrack from Kinect Star Wars being used on this parody trailer.  Trust me, we made this game with a lot of love and respect for Star Wars, but we were also in on the joke and believed the "silly" Rancor and Dance modes were a nice way to add some tongue-in-cheek humor to the game.  George fortunately agreed!

And over the years that have passed since the release of the game I've had more kids and families share their stories about how they enjoyed this game together more than pretty much any other game I've made.  I'm still proud of the work everyone put into this title and I'm hopeful that it's seen one day not as a punchline for what they don't like about Star Wars, but as a game that ended up as an experimental, light-hearted and ultimately commercial success.

Oh, and we also got to make this thing of beauty!

Limited Edition Kinect Star Wars

 

Star Wars: 1313 Team

Posted on April 6, 2013

LucasArts_1313 Team Photo

Great group of people making amazing things.  I'll watch your careers with great interest.

KSW on Big Bang Theory

Posted on November 1, 2012

Howard and Raj show of their Galactic Dance Off moves on The Big Bang Theory! I'm glad the writers of the show understood the humor and fun we were going for when making the game.

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The Walt Disney Co. Buys LucasFilm

Posted on October 30, 2012

Great news for Star Wars fans! Great news for Disney stockholders! Great news for Lucasarts?

Gamescom 2012: Star Wars 1313 Preview

Posted on August 23, 2012

Craig stands proudly as Mark lurks in the background.

I had the pleasure of attending Gamescom 2012 this year in beautiful Cologne, Germany to discuss and play our run-time demo of Star Wars 1313.  We had a fantastic reception to the game at E3 and again at Gamescom.  But don't take my word for it.  Check out this great write-up from El33tonline:

Titled ‘Star Wars 1313,’ the game is set in the bowels of the storied planet of Coruscant (famous in the Star Wars fiction), and is in development at LucasArts’ studios in San Francisco and Singapore. LucastArts’ Craig Derrick was on-hand to walk us through the game while the company’s Mark James (platform technical director) was also lurking in the darkness of the demo room (located in Activision’s booth) to oversee proceedings.

“Star Wars 1313, for us, is our first mature-themed game at LucasArts,” Derrick began. “It’s about playing as a bounty hunter in the most dangerous place in the galaxy – the ruthless criminal underworld of Coruscant’s Level 1313."

The demo began with a few close-ups of vehicles and a few environmental shots that in most any other game would seem pretty standard, except in Star Wars 1313, every last bolt, scratch and scrape is displayed in glorious detail – as I said before, I couldn’t believe that this was all really running real-time at a playable framerate.

The characters, too, benefit from an incredible level of care and attention and while their faces, bodies and movements still appear ‘game-like,’ it’s at a point where it truly does look like the CG you would expect in a Star Wars film, or a Pixar animated movie.

See the incredible game footage and read the entire article at El33tonline's website: here

 

Conan O’Brien Reviews Kinect Star Wars

Posted on July 11, 2012

Star Wars 1313 Announced!

Posted on June 1, 2012

Dive Into the Criminal Underworld in Star Wars 1313

LucasArts is diving into the most dangerous depths of the Star Wars criminal underworld with their newly announced internally developed videogame franchise, Star Wars 1313. Players will take control of a lethal bounty hunter in the never-before-explored expanses of Level 1313, deep below the surface of Coruscant. Using an arsenal of exotic weaponry to hunt down marks, the player must also uncover the truth surrounding a criminal conspiracy in this third-person cinematic action adventure game. It's a bold new take on the Star Wars galaxy, intended for mature audiences.

Star Wars 1313 emphasizes epic set pieces and fast-paced combat with a mortal, well-equipped hero who cannot rely on supernatural powers to survive his dangerous environment. The game benefits from an integrated development approach that brings together artists from across the entire Lucasfilm organization, including LucasArts, Industrial Light & Magic, Lucasfilm Animation Ltd. and Skywalker Sound.

Previewed on Spike TV, the game made its formal debut at the 2012 Electronics Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles, June 5-7th. More details about Star Wars 1313 will surface in the coming months here at StarWars.com and at www.StarWars1313.com.

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Kinect Star Wars Developer Video

Posted on March 13, 2012

Take my hand as I lead you on a journey through the different game modes in Kinect Star Wars.  Jedi Destiny, Podracing, Rancor Rampage, Galactic Dance Off and Duels of Fate.  That's five games in one!

Kinect Star Wars Trailers

Posted on January 30, 2012

"Duel" w/Chris Pratt

"Girly Vader"

"Launch"

CES 2012: Kinect Star Wars in 3D!

Posted on January 20, 2012

Kinect Star Wars was back in action and this time in glorious 3D at the 2012 Las Vegas CES.  Here are Microsoft's Major Nelson and Glenn Gregory to show how it's coming along.

Extra Bonus Footage: My buddies Drew Skillman and Tim Schafer's latest game Double Fine Happy Action Theater.