According to UK development sources, Rebellion proposed to LucasArts that its PlayStation 2 version of Star Wars Battlefront III could form the basis for both 360 and PS3 versions of the game.
Rebellion was rumoured to be the title's new home at the time, although Free Radical is thought to have lost the game months before hitting serious trouble.
"Rebellion was actually working on the PS2 version," a source told us today.
"The plan was to take the PS2 game and use it as a basis for 360 and PS3 versions, as opposed to using the Free Radical tech."
Pandemic is now being solidly touted as Battlefront III's final landing pad. The US developer created the first two versions before being bought by EA.
The assumption now is that EA will publish the game.
It's unknown if Rebellion is still working on the PS2 version.
Battlefront III has never been announced, but was widely known to be in the works at Free Radical. Footage of the project - verified as genuine by insiders - has leaked since Free Rad sailed into troubled waters.
EA offered a "no comment" on Battlefront's return to Pandemic.
Neither LucasArts or Rebellion had responded to requests for comment at the time of publication.