Free Radical recently revealed that the much anticipated Battlefront 3 was 99% complete before being cancelled by LucasArts.
Rumors broke out 2 years ago about Star Wars: Battlefront III debuting at E3 but that never happened. Who knew the game would never see the light of day...
A popular first/third-person shooter, Battlefront was a successful franchise that gave a unique sci-fi story, addictive multiplayer, and the fun split-screen mode. The first game released in 2004 and was well-received by consumers and critics alike. It sequel, Star Wars: Battlefront II, released in 2006 to good reviews as well and it succeeded in satisfying the urge of the fans. But they wanted more (a.k.a. Battlefront III).
In the near future, we got to know that (the now defunct) Pandemic Studios were not developing the sequel. Free Radical had taken over the reigns and had the game almost ready for shipment until LucasArts put all stops on it. Fans of the series were utterly disappointed and but even an outcry ouldn't force LucasArts to come out and give an official statement.
Post that, leaks confirmed the existence of the game and over time, screenshots and pre-alpha footage of the game did little but rage the fans. And now to top it off, the developer revealed recently that the game was "99% finished" before it's cancellation.
Here is what Steve Ellis, Co-Founder at Free Radical Design had to say:
"We had a 99% finished game that just needed bug fixing for release. it should have been our most successful game, but it was cancelled for financial reasons I'm happy that people did at least get to see what we were working on and share the team's enthusiasm for it"
Steve was sure in his mind that Battlefront III would been the break that the developer and the publisher were looking for (just like the massively successful TimeSplitter series). Sadly, that was not to be since a reshuffle back at LucasArts decided to stop it's development stating "financial reasons".
While on the interview with gameTM, Steve also described how the game would let players "start a battle on the ground, jump into a ship and fly into space, continuing on to dock in a capital ship and continue the battle there."
All the fan-frustration aside, it must have been a heartbreak for all those people who spent hours of live's developing a game which never got the chance to get the fans' appreciation or the views of the critics which it so deserved. GD can only wish them luck in their future endeavours. Speaking of that, if you guys are interested in what they're doing right now, well, a lot better.
Free Radical Design was soon acquired by Crytek. They had clearly seen potential in them and were soon established under the name - Crytek UK. That's right, these guys are working on the Crysis series. They are mainly in control of the multiplayer portion of the game and unlike it's predecessor, expect Crysis 3 to be a superior product in both single and mulit-player.
So GD'ers, were you looking forward to Star Wars: Battlefront III? Its seems we wont be seeing that title now.
At least they moved on to the arguably better things, and will bring you Crysis 3 next year and hopefully you're looking forward to that. Still, let us know your thoughts in the comments below!