Star Wars: First Assault is test-bed for Battlefront 3, may not release – rumour

Monday, 11th March 2013 17:23 GMT By Dave Cook

Star Wars: First Assault recently turned up among some XBLA files online, sparking rumours that LucasArts was working on a new game. The FPS game is real, and it is downloadable, a source has told Kotaku. It’s said to be the studio’s way of testing the water before committing to Battlefront 3. Don’t get too excited though, as it might never see the light of day.

You can play catch-up on the Star Wars: First Assault saga here before reading on:

Now then, Kotaku’s source has told the site that First Assault is a first-person shooter that was due to launch this Spring until problems hit the company.

It is said to be a first-person shooter that casts players as ordinary soldiers, instead of Jedi, Banthas or any other weird creature in George’s out of control universe. The game allegedly supports 16-player skirmishes across recognisable locations such as Tatooine and Bespin, and doesn’t include vehicles.

They’ve got an image of the Tatooine map here, and another I can’t make out.

The source added that if First Assault performed well, it would have validated the development of Star Wars: Battlefront 3. LucasArts would have then created the game from scratch, ditching previous work by Free Radical which I have heavily documented in my interview with the studio’s co-founder Steve Ellis here:

However, the game may not release at all, the source added, and that a closed beta is supposed to have already happened. The delay comes as new executives at Disney decide what to do with the Star Wars road map, since it acquired the brand last year, much to everyone’s complete and utter amazement.

Kotaku’s source closed in saying, “Fans should tell Disney/Lucas loud and clear they don’t want shitty titles from random developers; they want games to be taken seriously, and they will only pay for quality. I believe that if Disney/Lucas lets LucasArts die, it means the death of Star Wars as a storied game franchise is right behind it.”

Hmm. What do you think? Do you want to play this game? Let us know below.



  1. harr0w

    WTF if this is to be believed have Lucas-arts or Disney to be probably more accurate become retarded since the buy out. One of if not the most successful SW game released and they need to test the waters. The battlefront tale gets more and more shit covered every-time i hear something.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. AmeriToast

    I hope they get this game out there. It doesn’t sound half-bad, but the main reason I want it to succeed is because I want Battlefront 3. LucasArts/Disney, please make a Battlefront 3!

    #2 2 years ago
  3. KineticCalvaria

    Despite it looking like CoD, it doesn’t actually look half bad. I’d play that shit!

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Lewis247

    I’d play the utter shit out this. I need something even remotely similar to Battlefront goodness. PLEASE GIVE US THIS AND 3.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. manamana

    #1 covered all there is to say to the tragical SWBFIII story.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Edo

    Disney is putting all their resources into the new movie trilogy which means that any other major projects(games in this case)are either canned or put on hold indefinitely.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Sylrissa

    With Disney funding the new star wars movie, I expect them to push a whole new range of merchandise.

    So I really wouldn’t be surprised if they picked up and actually released battlefront 3 or something very similar.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. rp89

    Let Disney know you want this game:

    #8 2 years ago
  9. nollie4545

    I don’t think there is a gamer out there who wouldn’t blow George Lucas for this game, FFS why hasn’t it been done already!

    #9 2 years ago
  10. harr0w

    like i said why would they waste even a penny on such a project when battlefront 3 would literally sell millions it makes absolutely no sense. Then again why would we think disney would do anything remotely intelligent in the gaming arena they havent yet.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. rusty_shackleford

    its star wars, it doesnt matter if its good or bad, release it and people will buy it. look at swtor and the dancing game.

    #11 2 years ago

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