Star Wars First Assault Paves the Way for Battlefront III

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Star Wars First Assault Paves the Way for Battlefront III

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Star Wars Battlefront III could be closer than you think, as long as Disney gives it the green light.

Star Wars First Assault is a very poorly kept secret. While the game hasn't been officially announced yet, we've known about it for a while now from trademarks and a slip-up on XBLA. With LucasArts currently being acquired by Disney, First Assault (along with Star Wars 1313) is frozen in carbonite until Disney figures out a plan for the Star Wars property. Unable to make any official announcements, the team at LucasArts has been working on the game in silence for months. First Assault was intended for a September beta followed by a spring release, acting as a predecessor for re-opening development on Star Wars Battlefront III. Now it's nearly finished, but its fate (and by extension, the fate of Battlefront III) is in the hands of Disney.

Kotaku has been releasing a steady stream if insider information from the First Assault team. The game was to be LucasArt's answer to the success of Call of Duty and Battlefield, featuring 16-player matches with tactical combat and an XP progression system of unlocks. Some features would be notably absent - including vehicles and Jedi - but this was deliberate. According to an inside source, the plan was to use First Assault's engine to lay the groundwork for Battlefront III, which would be built from the ground up by the same team (rather than using Free Radical's incomplete engine).

It's hard to guess where First Assault is right now, since the team's hands are tied from making any official announcements. Leaked screenshots and videos show footage from an early build of the game, demonstrating a number of weapons and special abilities on recognizable maps like Bespin and Tatooine. There are enough twists to set the game apart from traditional war games, including a holographic decoy and a repulsor that seems to throw nearby players away from the user. There's also a first-person clip of an Imperial Stormtrooper donning his helmet, which would have been part of a trailer if LucasArts had permission to release one.

Disney hasn't announced anything about their intentions for LucasArts' game projects. If First Assault is given the go-ahead, expect to see it as a downloadable title on XBLA. Until then, our Bothan spies will keep their eyes open for more information.

Source: Kotaku

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Jedi read this correctly?


Come on Disney! Do the right thing!

*LOVES ON* What Disney does with this game and 1313 will speak a lot to how they plan on using their newly acquired IP and resources. Don't disappointing Disney.

I'd also be interested in what possible 1 player story they might have going... Yes I'm still hoping for a new Dark Forces game too! Don't judge me ;_;.

DVS BSTrD:
DID I DIE AND GO TO HEAVEN?

Video is borked. You forgot the closing "]" after the link.

On topic: 0_0 Motherfucker... 8D

*To self* Calm yourself down, pony boy. *no longer to self*

Anyways,I'm not buying that anything even resembling Battlefront 3 possibly existing until I see it for myself. My Battlefront 3 dreams have taken far too many savage beatings many years ago for me to get hyped. On top of that, what little is said here does make this seem a little too CoD-ish, even if it's supposedly just the groundwork for BF3. Still, I do like the initial concept of FA and would probably punch the moon itself in excitement at the thought of a proper BF3. However, I absolutely refuse to get my hopes up until I can actually play it for myself and confirm that it's not pulling a Gearbox here.

Captcha: "slow down!" FUCK YOU, CAPTCHA! *runs off in tears*

After hearing about the true fate of the original Battlefront 3 it is really hard for me to be excited about this. LucasArts is a bunch of jerks :(

Disney you will give the go ahead for this game and give full support and assistance to the devs.

Well, it depends on if they intend to add these iterations (these experience points, repulsors, holo decoys) to Battlefront 3. BF3 was never about arena fighting, so I hope to god they're just putting this out there to show the rest of LucasArts and Disney that there is demand for a Star Wars shooter.

But still, hope they make BF3 a proper sequel and they make the mechanics different from Call of Duty/Halo/Battlefield 3 so that it's not a clone of any one of those games.

Besides all that, I'm happy as shit! And I'll probably buy this just so BF3 can finally come out of development hell.

Fappy:
After hearing about the true fate of the original Battlefront 3 it is really hard for me to be excited about this. LucasArts is a bunch of jerks :(

Thing is, Lucasarts is a different company now, or at least the management they answer to is. The death of Battlefront 3 was at the request of some jerk of an executive. I don't see Disney being too kind to an executive who just throws money away like that.

Also, please don't let it just be XBLA. Throw it up on Steam if you need the DRM, but give us some sort of PC release. I have absolutely no intentions of going with a console next gen, and I'd hate to miss out on a new Star Wars fps when literally every one of them up to now has had a PC release, even if it was just a port of a console game. BF2 /still/ has active servers on the PC, I've put more hours into it in the last couple years than any other online shooter aside from TF2. And I'm not just some nostalgic weirdo, because I bought and played it for the first time in the Christmas 2011 Steam sale.

Owyn_Merrilin:

Fappy:
After hearing about the true fate of the original Battlefront 3 it is really hard for me to be excited about this. LucasArts is a bunch of jerks :(

Thing is, Lucasarts is a different company now, or at least the management they answer to is. The death of Battlefront 3 was at the request of some jerk of an executive. I don't see Disney being too kind to an executive who just throws money away like that.

Also, please don't let it just be XBLA. Throw it up on Steam if you need the DRM, but give us some sort of PC release. I have absolutely no intentions of going with a console next gen, and I'd hate to miss out on a new Star Wars fps when literally every one of them up to now has had a PC release, even if it was just a port of a console game. BF2 /still/ has active servers on the PC, I've put more hours into it in the last couple years than any other online shooter aside from TF2. And I'm not just some nostalgic weirdo, because I bought and played it for the first time in the Christmas 2011 Steam sale.

I can only assume Disney has or plans to gut LucasArt's old-guard executives. That publisher's been on the top of my shit list for eons >.<

GaltarDude1138:
Well, it depends on if they intend to add these iterations (these experience points, repulsors, holo decoys) to Battlefront 3. BF3 was never about arena fighting, so I hope to god they're just putting this out there to show the rest of LucasArts and Disney that there is demand for a Star Wars shooter.

But still, hope they make BF3 a proper sequel and they make the mechanics different from Call of Duty/Halo/Battlefield 3 so that it's not a clone of any one of those games.

But besides all that, I'm happy as shit!

Unless Battlefield 3 was a much stronger step down for the series than I thought it was (it lost some cool features from BF2, you can't deny that), I'm honestly not sure why cloning it would be an issue. The Battlefront series started out as a clone of Battlefield 1942 with a Star Wars skin. Battlefront 2 still had more in common with 1942 than it did Battlefield 2, and with the commander system removed and the squad system cut down, BF3 is likewise more like BF1942 (and by extension, the Battlefront games) than it is Battlefield 2.

Please note that I'm only talking gameplay here, not any weird things like that social network that comes attached to BF3.

TL;DR: Battlefront has always been a Battlefield clone. Really anything with conquest mode as a major feature is likely to be one.

The intentionally similar names are really annoying here. Shared acronyms FTL, and I'm not talking about the roguelike.

I'm just kind of worried about Disney's rumored focus on IOS and Social Gaming when it comes to Lucasarts.

Kotaku's got the footage up on their site. Doesn't look all that different from Call Of Duty, but with a Star Wars skin.

For me, that's a long way away from Battlefront. I loved Battlefront a) for the huge battles with dozens upon dozens of enemies fighting each other, b) the huge, sprawling maps, c) the vehicles, and d) the space battles, dear god the space battles.

Taking a shooter and sticking Star Wars on it is a long way from making a proper Battlefront game. There's some interesting looking stuff in First Assault, but the majority of it looks like things Halo and COD have already done.

Guess we'll just have to wait and see.

gonna miss the vehicles though, watching people try to drive them was half the fun of the game

the other half was trying not to die by getting crushed

This is at least hope inspiring news. Also, I would be kind of happy in they made Battlefront III without the heroes. I always found them kind of cheep and I always liked it better when it was just soldiers fighting each other the field. I do question why no vehicles though because those were always pretty fun.

This and the HD Timesplitters remake all in one day? Oh my lord, tis a Thursday miracle!

I would love to play this. I used to spend hours with BFro2 on PS2. Anything that leads to BFro3 is a good thing.

First thought: yes, yes, YES!

Thought after reading it: Oh dear. I hate to be a pessimist (okay, that's a lie) but the fact that they could potentially scrap the ground and space battles link thing by building a new engine rather than use the damn near complete one worries me.

Only on the XBLA? Why no PC love? Hopefully Disney does green-light Battlefront 3. I would especially love to see a what-if type of campaign in the game. I am going to get pretty angry at Disney if they cancel Star Wars 1313. From the short game play video I saw it looks pretty fun.

first time splitters rewind and now this, its a good week for gaming.

could this be... A New Hope? i come on somebody had to make some kind of reference

but even if we dont like what we see now we can at least know that Diseney is listening to its fans alot more than Lucas Arts was. next step is to declare The Old Republic non cannon and get Obsidian working on KotOR III. also make the theatrical release of the original films readily avliable on blue ray and DVD

"Many bothan spies died to bring us this information......"

And many more will continue to die, we need to know what Disney is doing. Can't let the dark side win again.

j-e-f-f-e-r-s:
Kotaku's got the footage up on their site. Doesn't look all that different from Call Of Duty, but with a Star Wars skin.

For me, that's a long way away from Battlefront. I loved Battlefront a) for the huge battles with dozens upon dozens of enemies fighting each other, b) the huge, sprawling maps, c) the vehicles, and d) the space battles, dear god the space battles.

Taking a shooter and sticking Star Wars on it is a long way from making a proper Battlefront game. There's some interesting looking stuff in First Assault, but the majority of it looks like things Halo and COD have already done.

Guess we'll just have to wait and see.

In the articale isn't it stated that first assult is to test out the engine first, then battlefront 3 will be made with said engine as first assult tests it?

On other matters battlefront 2 is a childhood game for me and mmy sister. we played it many hours when we were younger, So this is good news.

Also anyone who says its a battlefield clone, just stop, most shooters can only vary so much between themsevlves, and visuals is the biggest difference that can be done really.

Disney, if your smart, make this happen, you will make a tidy profit and earn goodwill from the star wars fandom (its that even possible at this point.)

Well now let's not get too exited everyone. I will remain skeptical right till i see box art of Battlefront III. I would guess that it will be all dependent on this First-Assault to get good numbers, it will not get good numbers. If Disney counting on it be a rival to MP-shooters out there they, i'm afraid they will get very small cut of that pie. Disney needs something different.....well something like Battlefront III actually.

Kinda glad they removed the Vehicles and Jedi, sure add it in to Battlefront games, Battlefront was pretty well balanced in that department and if they keep the formula, Battlefront 3 could be very well balanced. But having it in a new IP? Neh.

Least we will get a good indication as to what the new Battlefront game could be like, and as long thye make it different from COD and Battlefield, this should hopefully be a good FPS!

Cognimancer:

The game was to be LucasArt's answer to the success of Call of Duty and Battlefield

Ehhhhhhhhhhhh.
Not sure if want.

I don't really feel that Battlefront ever needed any kind of progression to be fun. In fact, that was why I kind of liked it. Really crazy simple fun arcade-y run and gun fun. And player skill aside, everyone was on equal footing.

Disney, if you're reading this thread for some improbable, conjured reason, GET THIS GAME BACK IN PRODUCTION. In case you hadn't forgotten, you've also acquired a formerly legendary game developer, so do freaking SOMETHING about it rather than let it rot in the basement with Walt Disney's cryogenically frozen head.

Owyn_Merrilin:
*snip*

No, you're right. To clarify, what I meant was that, just because Battlefield made improvements in it's own series from Battlefield 2 to 3, doesn't necessarily mean that Battlefront has to make the same iterations on it's own gameplay.

In layman's terms, a Battlefront game with wide open maps, destructible environments, a leveling system, and customizable weapons would be the absolute shit, however, just because Battlefield 3 has done it doesn't mean Battlefront 3 has to copy it. It could offer those modern features with some throwbacks from BF1 and 2. Or steal Renegade/Elite Squadron's customization layout and put it on consoles with some improvements.

TL;DR Yes, you're right, but Battlefront 3 has the opportunity to knock the other modern shooters on the market today down if the devs come up with something different yet awesome.

I like how there is an entire universe of possibilities for map locations and amazing landscapes, the only limit is the developers imagination, and the publicity screenshot is of... Tatooine. A planet that is basically the Middle East. Because if there is one thing First Person Shooters need it's more Middle Eastern locations.

This is the problem I have with Star Wars at the moment and why I'm quietly dreading the new films. THEY NEVER GO ANYWHERE NEW, OR DO ANYTHING NEW! It's the same people in the same place, with the same gadgets and somehow with less convincing special effects as the years pass.

Sooo... let me get this straight: If we all buy into this game, we'll get the Battlefront III we all have been waiting years for?

Definitely some form of coercion, but I might just be willing to play along...

So if we all buy this game we get Battlefront 3? Fine, I'll play your game Disney.

Wait, so let me get this straight.... Disney is holding Battlefront III, a game we all want hostage based on the success of a Star Wars themed CoD clone?

Did I read that correctly?

If so WTF?

JaceArveduin:
Sooo... let me get this straight: If we all buy into this game, we'll get the Battlefront III we all have been waiting years for?

Definitely some form of coercion, but I might just be willing to play along...

Wow Ninja'd ALMOST word for word.......

GaltarDude1138:

Owyn_Merrilin:
*snip*

No, you're right. To clarify, what I meant was that, just because Battlefield made improvements in it's own series from Battlefield 2 to 3, doesn't necessarily mean that Battlefront has to make the same iterations on it's own gameplay.

In layman's terms, a Battlefront game with wide open maps, destructible environments, a leveling system, and customizable weapons would be the absolute shit, however, just because Battlefield 3 has done it doesn't mean Battlefront 3 has to copy it. It could offer those modern features with some throwbacks from BF1 and 2. Or steal Renegade/Elite Squadron's customization layout and put it on consoles with some improvements.

TL;DR Yes, you're right, but Battlefront 3 has the opportunity to knock the other modern shooters on the market today down if the devs come up with something different yet awesome.

You know, I totally forgot about the destructible environment thing. It was disabled in the Beta, and I didn't buy the full version, partly because EA, but mostly because my laptop couldn't handle it properly. I guess that /does/ count as a step up from BF2 -- all I really noticed about it were the simplified class and squad systems, and the completely missing commander system.

And yeah, I see what you're saying about Battlefront 3 -- it could be something really special, if done right.

Yay!!!!!!!

"Some features would be notably absent - including vehicles"
BOOOOOOO!!!!!!!

The clip of the stormtroopers putting on his helmet was almost exactly like the scene in star wars republic commando when boss puts his helmat on. hhhmmmm i wonder

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFV0IUZ1NSk
1:16 into the video

OHGODDISNEYPLEASEYESPLEASE

Just no fucking killstreaks thanks.
Jesus, with this and Timesplitters both possibly being actualy things... feelin' good, man.

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