Star Wars: Battlefront III Might Be In Development, Due This Year

It’s been nearly 7 years since Star Wars: Battlefront II underwhelmed us. Highly anticipated, it departed somewhat from the premise of the original Star Wars: Battlefront and though it retains an 84% Metacritic rating, it has not been fondly remembered. Not helping matters were its increasingly dismal ports, like the ghastly PC version and the teribad PSP edition. That, and the fact that developer Pandemic Studios was killed off by Electronic Arts in 2009, (It was supposed to be picked up by Free Radical but that didn’t pan out) guaranteed that the series would not be developed further. Or would it?

Lately, the rumor that Spark Unlimited is taking up the series has persisted, particularly as the developer coyly refused to confirm or deny the rumors. These rumors may have just gained more credibility thanks to a job listing posted to their site. Sparks Unlimited is seeking a Senior Combat Designer to work on “a 3rd Person Action/Adventure sequel in a high-profile science fiction franchise currently greenlit for full production development for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC markets.” This in and of itself isn’t much, but thanks to some digging by Playstation Lifestyle, more clues surface:

* Former Senior Software Engineer for Spark Unlimited, John Lawrie, lists “Unannounced third person sword fighting game (well known IP, Xbox 360, PS3)” on his LinkedIn profile.

* Another developer’s LinkedIn page says “I have been working for three years in a AAA third person shooter using Unreal Engine and Kynapse AI middleware.”

* Spark Unlimited have themselves hinted at this possibility with a recent tweet – “Since we are working on a sequel for a well known sci-fi franchise, all aspects must remain secret.”

Based on this, we think Playstation Lifestyle is right to identify Star Wars: Battlefront III as the title in question. Will it be good? Trust your feelings. Use the force. And hope they manage to put together a PC version.

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1 Comment on Star Wars: Battlefront III Might Be In Development, Due This Year

Jeremy

On February 8, 2012 at 12:21 am

I can’t think of a franchise that’s been brought back this gen that has captured the feel and quality of the originals but how hard can it be to make SWB with new maps, vehicles and units?