Rumor: Star Wars: First Assault a predecessor to Battlefront III
posted on 03.11.13 at 05:14 PM EST by (@admeady)
Downloadable shooter a "step zero" for new Battlefront, says source.

Star Wars: First Assault—an Xbox Live Arcade game revealed last October through leaked box art on the official Xbox website—is a downloadable multiplayer first-person shooter set in the Star Wars universe, a source has reportedly told Kotaku.

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Alleged screenshots of First Assault.

Developed by LucasArts, the Unreal Engine 3 title, which has been described as a predecessor to Star Wars: Battlefront III, sets two teams—8 Rebels and 8 Storm Troopers—against one another on franchise staple worlds such as Tatooine and Bespin.

Almost complete, the game omits vehicles, Jedi, and the Battlefront name to avoid high expectations, although it is reported that a small team has been prototyping vehicles for a would-be Battlefront III.

Although set to be released this spring, the fate of the game, along with Star Wars 1313which is still in development according to LucasArts—is uncertain due to Disney’s purchase of the company, according to the source.

“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,” says the Kotaku post. “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.”

If released, the game would be a “step zero” for Battlefront III. It would be a title that, if well-received, would be the basis for the shooter, as the next Battlefront would be built on the same code—not a single scrap of the previously-canned iteration developed by Free Radical and Slant Six will be used.

Employees then, according to the site’s source, have continued to work on the game despite being unsure as to whether or not it will ever see the light of day, and that the company is “bleeding talent” as a result.

“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 reportedly told Kotaku.

“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.”

  • Skerj

    Sooo folks want Battlefront III so they make what will likely turn out to be the Star Wars version of Call Of Duty, will then be surprised if (when) it’s ill received, and then use that as an excuse to not make Battlefront III. Yup, makes sense.

    • kiri25

      I think this was pretty smart and almost guaranteed success if had been released. Note xbla exclusive meaning all the fps fans would give it a chance and possibly be somewhat forgiving if it was not perfect due to the fact it was only an xbla title. Fact is Xbox is a fps console nothing more so make sense to release on xbla.

      Also in my opinion psn would be a little risky as I see more psn games offer a fresh and unique style of games, so we expect more from our exclusives, not a call of duty ripoff in the star wars setting.

  • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

    I want a proper BF3 -_-

  • Ultrapieguy

    “Not a single scrap of the previously-canned iteration developed by Free Radical and Slant Six.”

    Then it doesn’t count.

    • Adam Meadows

      Just added ‘will be used’ at the end. Didn’t sound right!

    • Solomon_Kano

      Yea, with all the promise that showed, I can’t say I’d want them to start from scratch. Much less if this would be the new direction.

  • uhawww

    I’m more concerned for SW1313 than anything right now. Disney seems to be eliminating anything Star Wars that isn’t in the vein of the upcoming trilogy. Rumor has it LucasArts has been losing talent left and right because of these newfound creative constraints.

  • xMCXx

    Great, Call of Battlefront.
    Battlefront was also a 3rd Person Shooter!

  • ShinAsura(新阿修羅)

    Fans have been asking for this and KOTOR3, very weird to see this when 1313 may be on hold

  • Solomon_Kano

    The model for BF3… is an Unreal Engine FPS? Do not want. Battlefront had its own identity, one which was more than an FPS in Star Wars clothes. So this? Not interested.

    Bring on 1313!

  • DarthBrian

    FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFUUUU…!!!!!

  • Elvick

    Yes, the sales of Star Wars Kinect really sent the message that people won’t buy crap, and want quality games from the Star Wars franchise.

    And not using assets from BF3 is hardly a good thing. Those screens don’t really scream “ZOMG IT’S STAR WARS!” to me.