Star Wars: Battlefront 3
Is This Definitive Proof?by exterminat
©2012 Nicholas LabordeIt's been six and a half long years since the release of Star Wars: Battlefront II. I vividly recall how the box easily boasted that it was "the sequel to the best-selling Star Wars game of all time!" Anyone and everyone who played it easily expected a third installment, inevitably a year later as II showed. Nearly seven years later we know just about as much now as we did then. Through a long and troubled development, much of which is not common knowledge, Battlefront III has been in peril more than a few times. Today, though, we have as close to definitive proof of the game as it's going to get.
A brief recap
Last year, I wrote an in-depth article featuring all known information about Battlefront III up to that point. You can check that out here.
To sum it all up, the game has changed hands of developers more times than you can count. The most disappointing part is the public can only verify parts of it, so we may never know the entire truth of the tale.
In the past several months, it was discovered that developer Spark Unlimited was hiring for a “AAA third person sci-fi title” among many other descriptive terms, which to many was a dead giveaway of it being Battlefront III. Of course, there was no way to confirm its identity.
The pangs of all Battlefront fans have been felt, and there was seemingly no way for us to breathe a sigh of relief.
The usual suspects
The most recent development comes in the form of this year’s Game Developer’s Conference. Spark were going about town with a publisher who was not to be named, but sources confirmed that it was LucasArts.
The Spark developers apparently had dinner with the publisher, and partied at a LucasArts-themed Infusion Lounge. A series of Tweets (shown in the image gallery below) confirm this.
The Tweets are also very close in proximity to the LucasArts headquarters.
Spark Unlimited are known for titles such as… Turning Point: Fall of Liberty.
Well, LucasArts wouldn’t give the Battlefront name – or the Star Wars name, for that matter – to a developer they couldn’t trust.
E3 2012 will undoubtedly lead to long-awaited information about the game, and OXCGN will be on the show floor bringing it to you.
Until then, I believe it’s time to break out Battlefront II.