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Curious to know the full story behind the canceled Star Wars Battlefront sequel? Free Radical Co-founder Steve Ellis recounts the decline of one of the UK’s best developers.
Earlier in the month, we got a peek at the Battlefront 3 game that never saw the light of day. Now Free Radical Co-founder Steve Ellis lays out the full story behind the game.
Speaking with GamesIndustry International, Ellis details how Free Radical went from releasing hit titles like TimeSplitters 1 and 2 to struggling through its development of Haze, and eventually talks about how Battlefront 3 got canceled.
“We were still at that time probably a year out from completing and releasing the first game and they asked us to sign up for the sequel,” recalled Ellis. “That was a big deal for us because it meant putting all our eggs in one basket. It was a critical decision - do we want to bet on LucasArts? And we chose to because things were going as well as they ever had. It was a project that looked like it would probably be the most successful thing we had ever done and they were asking us to make the sequel to it too. It seemed like a no-brainer.”
The full story is worth a read, and contains plenty of insight into the difficulties of game development.
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Will read this , will be interesting. Loved the planet to space aspect in the battlefront 3 game we where shown. But people do get that free radical is still around? Its just called Crytek UK now.
Someday they'll get around to it... right??
battle front, why ye no show?
Well, it's a great property and game. I hope a developer/publisher can pick up the ball and take it to the maxMAXMAXMAX within 4 years.
A ps3/vita crossover would be cool too!
I really want a Battlefront 3. I got online and played Battlefront 2 on my PS2 a couple weeks ago.
Battlefront would have made me happy as a big wet donkey dong
What could have been the last awesome Star Wars game. . . (boo hoo! Boooo hooooo!)
what if Bfront3 stole the spotlight at E3 this year....ooooooowee that would be crazy
For all we know, Lucasarts will announce an awesome Battlefront title that is backed by UE3(the only good thing to EVER leave Epic's doors). I have a great feeling about this year's E3. So many potential announcements! Or it could be the quietest one yet and totally suck.
Battlefront 3 and Timesplitters 4 is what i want the most
someone should still make it. i think it was way more fun hat battlefield anyway