Some fairly interesting news that will be a big disappointment to a lot of fans.. apparently the Star Wars: Battlefront 3 that was in production with Free Radical will never be released. One of our forum members (Thanks Red7 StandingBy!) found an email address of an ex-Free Radical employee and decided that he would shoot him an email asking about what happened with the production of Battlefront 3.
Here’s the email that was sent:
From: my email
Date: Fri, 27 Nov 2009 13:23:54 -0500
Subject: Big Fan
REMOVED I hope this email finds you well.When you were at Free Radical you did an awesome job at re-inventing the Star Wars Battlefront franchise. It was so sad and upsetting to hear of Free Radicals collapse. Myself and thousands upon thousands of fans were so pumped when we saw the leaked footage of the supposed alpha meeting in November of 2008.
We finally had something to look forward to after years of lackluster titles from Lucasarts. Now BF3 is in development hell and the fans want answers but as usual Lucasarts doesn’t listen. I was wondering if there is anything you could tell me about the whereabouts of BF3 now, how far along it was and I would be interested to know where you are currently working or where you last worked. Thanks again and may the force be with you!
Here is the response that came back to him:
Thanks for your kind words, BF3 was truly awesome.
The whole idea with BF3 was that is was going to have a storyline, following two clone brothers that was cloned from a Jedi. The game also had a vertical battlefield, so you could fight on the ground, jump into a x wing and fly up to a star destroyer, firing ion cannons from space to ground or from ground to space, all this without any loading times.
Sad to say that about 6-8 months from completing the game, Lucasarts canned it, I don’t know all the details about what happened but it got cancelled and that was the death of Free Radical, we couldn’t get a publisher in time for Timesplitters 4 so the directors where forced to make 80 % of the company redundant. Then later on they got bought up by Crytek and are now developing some AAA titel. I was one of the guys that was made redundant so I am not working at Crytek anymore but at a different games company.
The status of BF3, well the BF3 I was working on will never get released, however I believe that Battlefront being one of the major titles for Lucasarts, you will no doubt see a battlefront title at some point, what format, what type of game it will be, that I cant answer, because I dont know.
May the force be with you!
Talk about a major bummer, but this still doesn’t confirm that we won’t be getting our long awaited Battlefront 3. This just means that version that Free Radical were developing, won’t ever surface. So basically all of those leaked renders and screens are what could have been and never will be now.
This really sucks because Free Radicals version looking absolutely amazing. Even if LucasArts are working to recreate Battlefront 3, they’re going to have to work really hard to match what Free Radical had done. It makes me wonder why they would can the project when it was almost ready… strange.. Let me know your thoughts folks!
I wanted to address the people as well who are sending me emails and posting comments that they know when Battlefront 3 is coming out and how they have “sources” that it’s being developed. Don’t bother unless you care to “share” your sources and where you got the info from, because they’ll just be deleted.