Star Wars: First Assault Predecessor to Star Wars: Battlefront 3 but…

By Nitro On 11 Mar, 2013 At 11:29 AM | Categorized As Featured, Rumours | With 2 Comments

Well my fellow Battlefrontians, some very interesting news to report today. Kotaku.com has just revealed that Star Wars: First Assault (which was first sighted last September) was originally a downloadable multiplayer shooter that was supposed to be released sometime this spring.

The game supports up to 16 players—one eight-person team of rebels and one eight-person team of Stormtroopers—as they face off on Star Wars worlds like Bespin and Tatooine.

Now according to Kotaku.com’s sources, Star Wars: First Assault is a “step zero” or “predeccessor” to Star Wars: Battlefront 3:

First Assault is “step zero” to the heavily-rumored, highly-anticipated Star Wars: Battlefront III. If First Assault sells well—assuming it is released at all—the third Battlefront could be next.

Star Wars: First Assault, our source says, would lead up to Battlefront III. This new Battlefront would use nothing from the Battlefront III that has already been in production at studios like Free Radical and Slant Six, our source says. Instead, LucasArts would build Battlefront III based on code from First Assault.

According to our source, a small team has already been prototyping vehicles for Battlefront III. Current code allows you to fly a TIE Fighter or ride an AT-ST walker.

There are no vehicles in First Assault, nor are there Jedi. LucasArts intentionally decided not to use the Battlefront name so expectations wouldn’t be too high, our source says. And the game is almost done.

Here comes the kicker. Their source reports that First Assault may never see the light of day due to the fact that when LucasArts found out that Disney was involved in purchasing the company and things went sour.

Last September, when executives at LucasFilm—the parent company of LucasArts—found out that Disney had signed an agreement to purchase the company, things got murky. LucasFilm froze all hiring and new game announcements, our source says. They had planned to announce First Assault and launch a closed beta by the end of September—which explains the Xbox listing leak on October 1—and First Assault was supposed to be out this spring.

So since September, employees at LucasArts have been working on the game with no knowledge as to whether or not it will actually come out. According to our source, LucasArts is “bleeding talent” as employees wait to see what executives at Disney and LucasFilm want to do with First Assault and other games the studio is working on.

So now it looks like this game is in the same boat as Star Wars: 1313. A big fat sinking boat. Kotaku has contacted LucasArts and will update when they hear back from them. Their source has said the only way we are going to get the games we want is for us (the fans), to speak up and give them our demands!

Fans should tell Disney/Lucas loud and clear they don’t want shitty titles from random developers; they want games to be taken seriously, and they will only pay for quality,” the source said. “I believe that if Disney/Lucas lets LucasArts die, it means the death of Star Wars as a storied game franchise is right behind it.”

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Hell yeah! Lets hear those thoughts and opinions now!

HUGE thanks to Kotaku.com for the great job reporting this!

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  1. have no fear friends you SWBF3 wishes have been answered it may be crappy that it is coming out so late but in 2015 dice will be releasing SWBF3 {^-^} im happy and so is kirby how about you post what you think

  2. rc5150 says:

    WE NEED BATTELFRONT III YESTERDAY

  3. Brendan Riley says:

    Hi, I’m a star wars fan and i have star wars battlefront 2, but it’s getting a little old so I really want this game to come out in stores. My sister wants it to come out to. I’ve checked websites and stores to see when its going to be out but i’ve got nothing. if you read this contact me and tell me when it is coming out. I cant wait for the new guns,characters,places, levels, and vehickles. peace out fo-shizzzzle$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

  4. Kal Skirata says:

    Wii U. Please!

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  5. Dear Disney and Lucasart,
    If you don’t make this game, cancel 1313, and fail to make BFII you will lose a good chunk of your fan base and sales will plummet. Don’t try to make Star Wars games into a kids thing like you did with the Clone Wars, remember your real audience. Make the right call

  6. jumpyhat3 says:

    You want to know how i feel about Lucas arts right now? well let me put it in the best possible context YOU TREAT US LIKE DIRT, YOU TREAT US LIKE JUST BECAUSE YOU RELEASED GAME PLAY OF STAR WARS FIRST ASSAULT AND WHOOPS WE HAVE TO PUT COMMUNITY STRIKES ON EVERYBODY WHO HAS GAME PLAY FOOTAGE MY RAGE IS…..JUST SO UNTAMED UNTAMED LIKE AN ANIMAL AND THAT IS YOU LUCAS ARTS,NOT US AND SO YOU TREAT US LIKE WERE TO BLAME….REALLY GOOD WAY TO PUT A BAD IMAGE ON YOURSELF FOR EP 7!!!!In return we will do a kick starter version of battlefront 3 WITH SOME OF THE MOST TOP RANKED PEOPLE IN THE GLOOM WALKERS COMMUNITY. We shall be victorious because if Lucas won’t do it. . . .THEN WE WILL!!!

  7. Deanpool says:

    1st person shooter HELL NO! I want to see my trooper in all his cloney 3rd person goodness not a cop out black ops floating gun.

  8. Renan says:

    I wonder if BFIII/FA will have BF3 style destruction… if yes, it’ll be completely awesome.

  9. DerekF says:

    I would LOVE to see Battlefront 3 be made by Epic Games. Could you imagine an Unreal Tournament style game with Star Wars characters, weapons, and vehicles? That would be amazing!!!

    • Zoeres says:

      Look, I LOVE Epic Games. The Unreal Engine is the most flexible and user friendly engine while still being on top of the market in terms of graphics, physics and performance.

      That being said, NO. No no no! If they were to make a new Star Wars title, fine. But Battlefront III needs to be a Battlefront game IE be based on the previous games’ gameplay. Have you played the previous ones at all?

  10. jumpyhat3 says:

    Lucasarts sadly needs to realize that ONE OF THESE DAYS…WE NEED A SWBF3…AND…DON`T SCREW US IN THE PROCESS LUCAS/DISNEY YOU HERE ME………THERE IS A AUDIENCE RIGHT OUTSIDE YOUR DOOR STEP JUST SO GRUGINGLY WAITING FOR A NEW STAR WARS GAME!I`m done…..peace out.

  11. jumpyhat3 says:

    you know that Bungie is creating a game called destiny that involves ground to space transitions and to multiple planets in our SOLAR SYSTEM!!!(and no this is not spam)this is just to get out the idea that there is a game that will take a concept not used by most games today….sadly:(

  12. Hayabusa says:

    A Battlefront fan, in hope for Battlefront 3 wants/demands:
    Battlefront 3!; Command posts, vehicles, Jedi, Sith; the game! If First Assault is the dependant hand for BF3, then make it good!

  13. walah says:

    WE MUST SPEAK UP, LOUD AND CLEAR, EVERY ONE OF US
    “GIVE ME BATTLEFRONT 3”

    CAN I GET AMEN?!

  14. Andrew G. says:

    Sounds great! I don’t like how those screenshots look, though. It looks to me like a Call of Duty knock-off. I don’t think it’s as fun if you don’t get to see the soldier you’re playing as. And how can you roll in 1st person?
    Anyways, I hope it turns out good, especially if it brings Battlefront III! I’m hoping for a Wii U or at least a PC release.

  15. We have been waiting,waiting and waiting. If Disney does not release First Assault.. then the Dark Times have arrived. Do the right thing Disney…

  16. Spart says:

    So the fate of Battlefront III depends on First Assault. Disney/LucasArts, don’t screw up.

  17. RP89 says:

    There it is, if you want this game then let Disney know by liking it: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Give-us-Star-Wars-First-Assault/128116900704319

  18. 8vs8 Rebels Vs Stormtroopers on Star Wars planets,and an arcade game and still looks decent going off the screenshots?,yes please

    It may not be SWBF3(and FPS not TPS),but 8 years we have had nothing,this would fill the gap until SWBF3…so c’mon Disney make the right decision!!

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