Well, this is a shocker. Galaxy in Turmoil, a fan-made take on the concept of Battlefront 3, has officially been served with a cease and desist by Lucasfilm, the owners of the Star Wars license.
The project was started when an unfinished build of the original Star Wars Battlefront III game, then developed by Free Radical Design, was leaked after its cancellation. Using Discord, Skype, and forums to coordinate their efforts, a small group of people set out to try and build upon the leaked concepts and gameplay.
As the project grew in size, the small group of people grew with it. The team planned to create everything they could on their own, right down to the soundtrack. Eventually, in early 2016, Frontwire Studios was formally established and a distribution deal with Steam was announced.
Frontwire have stated that they inquired with LucasFilm about being officially licensed, and though the latter were open to the idea, it would be a legal impossibility. As it stands, Electronic Arts holds an exclusive contract in regards to games development, and as such LucasFilm are unable to allow Frontwire to work on a Star Wars IP.
Due to their exclusive contract with EA, Lucasfilm was contractually obligated to deny our request for the use of the Star Wars IP for Galaxy in Turmoil based on EA’s decision.But not all is lost. Galaxy in Turmoil will still be released; Frontwire announced in the same press release that they will be pivoting away from the Star Wars elements, and instead working on creating their own original IP. As such, the Galaxy in Turmoil name will stick, and the basic concepts stay. Only the Star Wars references and names will disappear, as well as the designs.
You can read the whole press release HERE.
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