Oh My Sweet Battlefront 3, Why Dost Thou Tease Me So?
Fans of the original Star Wars Battlefront, and its sequel (released in 2004 and 2005 respectively), spent the years following the original’s release eagerly awaiting a long rumored sequel.
Sadly, nothing ever come to fruition, and everyone moved on with their lives. Until…a leak in 2012 showed what could have been. The leaked footage showed an alpha version of the game with clearly unfinished graphics but fully functioning gameplay.
The highlight of the footage was full integration of space and land battles. Battlefront 2 added space battles, however, they were completely separate from the on foot shootouts. In the leaked video, a space ship seamlessly goes from dog fighting in space (complete with massive Star Destroyers to land in) to entering the atmosphere and landing on the ground in order to continue the fight as a soldier with a blaster rifle.
The footage only tantalized Battlefront fans with what could have been, and what will sadly never be.
Now, newly leaked footage only fans the flames of dejected fans of the original series. The newly released footage shows a complete, finished build of Star Wars Battlefront 3; displaying fully integrated space and land battles on the city-planet of Coruscant, as well as a single-player campaign. The video even shows cinematics from the single player campaign, and a character named X1.
You can watch all 6 minutes of the freshly leaked video below.
Now, if the game was finished why was it never released?
This game was finished before the collapse of LucasArts (the company that published Star Wars games before Disney bought the franchise), but apparently LucasArts was still in a bit of a rough patch. Sources say that they just didn’t have the money to advertise the game upon its release. It is very saddening to hear that such a highly anticipated game never got to see the light of day even though it was completely finished.
Now Star Wars Battlefront 3 shares the company of Star Wars 1313 and the sequel to Star Wars: Republic Commando, named Imperial Commando, as games that never got to see the light of day due to behind the scenes action at LucasArts.
The silver lining is that the new Star Wars Battlefront, developed by Dice, is releasing in under a month on November 17th. This new game, however, is an entirely different beast that is more akin to a Battlefield game than the old Battlefront titles..