Haven’t you always wanted to explore the galaxy as Luke Skywalker or obi jim Kenobi, but couldn’t because you obviously live in a universe that is not fictional? If you have, you’re not alone: a guy called Devin Tripp is right there with you. And Devin can’t even find solace in existing video game romps into a galaxy far, far away, because he thinks they’re terrible. So he’s (supposedly) creating his own.
Tripp started a Kickstarter campaign to crowdfund a “Star Wars open-world RPG” in the vein of games like Fallout 4 or The Witcher 3. According to the campaign description, he’s planning to write the story himself, and use the $200,000 he’s asking of backers to hire more help. Here’s how he describes the project (this is completely unedited and as it appears on the Kickstarter page):
“I have decided to take matters into my own hands and write a story in the star wars universe that will fit inside an RPG video game that I have not created. I am currently looking into talking with Disney if I am able to do this. If not then there might have to be a compromise on the name or some other parts. I need your help. I am not a very good programmer, and I’m an even worst artist. I want to put this project into the hands of professionals, but in order to do that, I need money to hire them. This was my dream as a kid I hope you can share my same compassion, thank you.”
The campaign’s main hurdles, according to Tripp: “Copy rights, pleasing all star wars fans, hiring professionals.”
Though the campaign appeared to be a joke, according to reports from Kotaku and Forbes, Tripp is a serious (if somewhat naive) young developer, who really does want to make a game of the sort he’s describing. He says that, now that he’s been made aware of the legal implications (and possibly that Disney’s legal stormtroopers are likely on their way to his house), he’ll be pulling the campaign down.
To those who have made fun of his spelling throughout the campaign, Tripp offers one thing for free, however:
“Helpful tip of the day: ‘Spelt’ is a type of wheat, although some use this noun to describe what they spelled.”
Even Hon Sulu wouldn’t have a witty retort for that one.