New footage from Free Radical’s canceled Star Wars: Battlefront III video game has recently found it’s way online. The recently surfaced footage contain 30 minutes of new gameplay featuring various locations, scenarios and characters made famous from the beloved sci-fi action/ adventure franchise.
Star Wars: Battlefront III, the intended fourth entry in the franchise which began on PlayStation 2, was in-development by developer Free Radical of TimeSplitters fame. The current build shown in the video was from 2007, before being canceled by LucasArts, prior to the Disney acquisition. The gaming studio was later sold to Crytek and rebranded as Crytek U.K., before once again being sold to and now is currently known as Deep Silver Dambuster Studios. A new title in the Battlefront series is currently being developed as a reboot, by Battlefield developer DICE and Electronic Arts.
The footage of Free Radical’s Star Wars: Battlefront III, which is split between two separate videos and frequently dips in frame rate, features a PC pre-alpha port of the previously canceled game and demonstrates the various planned modes and menu/ option selections of the game, a battle on Hoth featuring AT-ATs and a playable Darth Vader, as well as a Coruscant level with Taun-Tauns and Senator Padme as a playable skin. While the gameplay could of used a bit of refining in it’s current state, obviously, you can see Free Radical had rather large ambitions for the title that could have been explored more if development continued. A real shame and a missed opportunity, indeed.
The currently in-development reboot of Star Wars Battlefront by DICE/ EA, however, is scheduled to release sometime in 2015 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, so hopefully gamers and Star Wars fans alike won’t have to wait too long for a Battlefield fix worthy of the wait.