Thirty Minutes Of Footage From Free Radical’s Canceled Star Wars Battlefront III
A YouTube User has uploaded nearly 30 minutes of pre-alpha footage from the canceled Star Wars Battlefront 3. According to the notations, the game is running on Xbox 360 hardware.
The game was under development at Free Radical, before LucasArts canceled it. In executive editor Andrew Reiner’s exposé on LucasArts, he reveals the inside story of Battlefront III’s troubled development and the challenging relationship between the developer and publisher LucasArts.
"Some footage of the build of Star Wars Battlefront 3 that got canceled," YouTube user BananaSwag writes in the notes section of the first video. "This build is from 2007 and was ported over from the PC. This content is not mine, it is the property of Disney. No copyright intended, this is purely for review of the build. The game looked very fun to play and runs pretty well other then the obvious frame rate drops. It is very sad that this game got canceled although there is one being made by DICE now. This is being run on an Xbox 360 for those of you that got confused."
You can check out the two videos above (before they are removed). You can also read Reiner’s entire feature on LucasArts here.
While this look at Battlefront III is rough (it is pre-alpha after all), it’s easy to see where the game was going. It’s a shame we never got to play it in final form. Our hopes now rest with DICE and EA, two companies that have hopefully learned the hard lessons of Battlefield 4.