Star Wars 'Battlefront 3 predecessor' leaked in screenshots
11th Mar 2013 | 17:24
Star Wars: First Assault, the unannounced action game leaked via Xbox.com last year, is a "predecessor" to Battlefront III, a report claims.
The LucasArts downloadable FPS was originally slated for release this spring, claims a Kotaku source, and pits teams of eight Stormtroopers against eight rebels in iconic Star Wars locations such as Bespin and Tatooine.
The Unreal Engine-powered title was being treated as "step zero" to a full Battlefront III instalment, it's claimed, with LucasArts said to have vehicle prototypes up and running in the event that First Assault were to sell strongly.
However, the title - like Star Wars 1313 - is said to have been affected by the recent Disney buyout of Lucasfilm, Kotaku reports.
Since September LucasArts employees are said to have been working on the game "with no knowledge as to whether or not it will actually come out."
Originally it had planned to launch a closed beta by the end of September, it's said, with a full release this spring.
If fans want to see the game released, the report adds, Star Wars fans should offer their vocal support for the project online.
"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."