The lights are on
Some things you just can't let go. Our current fascination with the unreleased Star Wars: Battlefront III is just one example throughout video game history of gamers' love affair with what could of been and what likely will never be. I understand how easy it is to pine for a title you can't play, but I wish it would stop.
Maybe I'm just too practical, but I don't see anything to be gained by wishing for what's not going to be. Even in this day of Kickstarter and success stories like Xenoblade Chronicles finally being released for Wii owners, one thing that gets me is that if the game actually did come out with another developer other than Free Radical attached, then what? It will be too easy in that case to look at every "mistake" in the New Battlefront III and compare it to some hypothetical game that Free Radical never made in the first place, and fool ourselves into thinking that Free Radical would have done things different and/or better. And the likelihood of Free Rad's version somehow coming out are next to zero, BTW.
There's so much that we don't know about the situation surrounding the game's development and demise. While I definitely love a good behind-the-scenes expose as much as the next person, the recent back-and-forth between Free Radical Steve Ellis and the anonymous LucasArts employee only goes to show that none of us know how the sausage is really made.
I don't fault anyone for their sincerity in wanting Star Wars: Battlefront III to see the light of day in the manner they think would be best, or people's optimism that they can influence the process in a positive manner. I certainly have opinions about how any given game could be better. The sticky thing with Battlefront III is that nobody knows were to start. Without knowing what the game would been like, how its gameplay would have felt, AI acted, feature-set performed, and any number of other variables that come into play during development, it can be foolish to project our own wishes onto an unfinished slate.
I'm pretty confident that one day we'll see another Battlefront title – it's a LucasArts property that's pretty good, which is something of a rarity over there. Until then, I'm going to spend my time thinking about games I'm already playing or ones that I actually have a chance of getting my hands on in the near future.
Life's too damn short to be trapped in delusions of grandeur.
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Wow. What a whiny b*tch. I'm tired of hearing about COD, but you don't see me on the proverbial soapbox.
I find it ironic that this is the fourth battlefront III story in two days.
Frankly, I just want a Battlefront III at this point. Almost any kind of new Battlefront would be nice just so we could have something REAL to criticize, lol. In any case, expect at least 3-5 more cover stories about Battlefront III hopes/despair.
Yikes, the hostility is strong in this article....Lighten up guys, Kato was just giving his opinion, nobody's forcing you to read it or agree with it.
Personally I can see where he's coming from, there's definitely games out there I'd wish were resurrected from the dead (Project Copernicus comes to mind as does Shenmue III) but I also know that it would be rather unhealthy to dwell and fester on whether or not such games will ever emerge from gaming limbo.
I'm sorry but I'm going to have to disagree with the main point of this article. Yes I do agree that the chances of Battlefield 3 being released are slim to none, but I, unlike the author of this article, am going to stay optimistic about it and hope that it will someday be released. Don't get me wrong I'm not the type of person that lives life in a fantasy world but I am an optimist and I will continue to hold out hope rather than allow myself to fall into pessimism. I understand that a lot of people choose to think the worst will happen so that when it doesn't they aren't let down but I don't live life like that. I guess my point is putting out an article that states the facts is fine, but don't put out an article that essentially calls those of us who still hope to see this game fools.
Preacher gonna preach! Amen. So many great games to play
I totally agree. My hope has steadily been dwindling for the third installment in this wondrous series. Soon it will be at zero and my dreams will be gone. :(
So many memories
At least The Last Guardian is still on track. It should come out the same time as Half Life 3 :)
man was really looking forward to 3
I'll just say this: Lucas Arts would never have let a game thats 75% complete die if it was any good. The guys from Free Radical are going to tell us it was an amazing game that was all but ready for release.... but thats obviously spin. There not going to say "Yeah, our BF3 wasn't very good", they are going to make it sound amazing.
In the end, as much as I want a BF3, it sounds like a so-so game with a lot of issues was canceled. I'm not going to cry over that, or look back. Hopefully one day in the near future someone else gets a shot at BF3... and with a renewed interest in Star Wars, its all but certain to happen.
was expecting this game...but, agree...
"life's too DAMN short..."
Maybe if you stopped posting articles about it....
I agree with you. It's too depressing.
Yeah, I see what you mean.
The only game I'm pineing for at the moment is GTAV.
What do you mean "something of a rarity over there"? LucasArts has had plenty of good properties. Do I have to mention all of their point-and-click adventures like Monkey Island, Day of the Tentacle, Full Throttle, and Grim Fandango? How about the X-Wing and Tie Fighter games, Jedi Knight games, Knights of the Old Republic, or Republic Commando? Sure, LucasArts hasn't had a decent game recently, but there is still hope.
I STILL BELIEVE AND I ALWAYS WILL! TIL THE DAY I DIE!