Star Wars Battlefront 3 was ‘2 yards’ from completion before it was killed

A clone trooper and a stormtrooper firing blasters on top of a background of the Star Wars Battlefront 3 logo

A clone trooper and a stormtrooper firing blasters on top of a background of the Star Wars Battlefront 3 logo

Free Radical’s cancelled Star Wars Battlefront 3 was just nearing completion before being cancelled by LucasArts. According to a past developer on the project, the third Battlefront game’s completion was just around the corner.

Speaking to fans on Twitter, Naughty Dog lead developer Michael Barclay revealed new details regarding the creation of Battlefront 3. While fans already knew that the game was in heavy development prior to cancellation, Barclay revealed that its development was almost complete.

Barclay explained that it has been long enough where he should be allowed to talk about the cancelled Star Wars game. Originally planned to release on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360, Star Wars Battlefront 3 was cancelled in 2008.

“I feel like it’s been long enough now to come out and say Star Wars Battlefront III was gonnae be legit incredible and the fact it got cancelled 2 yards from the finish line is an absolute crime,” Barclay said on Twitter. “Gamers don’t know what they were robbed of.”

Prior reports of the Star Wars game’s development claim that LucasArts canned the title after being unwilling to spend big on marketing the title. With no huge Star Wars film releasing to propel its popularity, there was, for some reason, little faith in its sales numbers, despite being almost complete.

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Since its cancellation, a large number of leaks have surrounded the canned video game. Not only have leaked playable builds of early development versions been released online for all to try, but so have massive development documents detailing the characters, storylines, maps, gameplay mechanics and more that the game was set to include.

The biggest feature that was developed for Star Wars Battlefront 3 was the idea of “vertical battlefields”. This mechanic had ground fights and space battles happening simultaneously, and players could travel between the two with vehicles at any point during a match.

Furthermore, the beloved Heroes and Villains feature was set to be massively expanded. Not only did heroes such as Luke Skywalker have massively upgraded lightsaber combat, but there were also a huge number of additional characters. Not only could you play as the standard iconic heroes and villains, but also alternate universe versions such as Sith Leia and more.

The last Star Wars Battlefront game to release was the rebooted Battlefront 2 in 2016. Since then, the beloved FPS series has gone through a hiatus. While fans are still modding the prior titles, there has been no news on whether EA will continue its rebooted series on Xbox Series X, PS5 and PC.

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