THE BUZZ: Before the studio collapse, Free Radical was busy developing Battlefront III, and were in the planning stages of Battlefront IV.
Steve Ellis, co-founder of the studio, revealed the information during an interview with GamesIndustry.biz for his new company Crash Labs. “They [LucasArts] were big fans of our work, they liked our take on making games, they liked the way we work and they wanted to do this project,” he said. “It was a big thing, we were very excited and for a long time it was going very well.”
Ellis attributes the game’s cancellation to a change in direction by LucasArts: “They brought in new people to replace them [LucasArts] and all of a sudden we were failing milestones. That’s not to say there were no problems with the work we were doing because on a project that size inevitably there will be, there’s always going to be grey areas were things can either pass or fail. And all of a sudden we were failing milestones, payments were being delayed and that kind of thing.”
Battlefront III was cancelled during the QA stage and the studio had already started taking on extra staff to begin work on Battlefront IV.
EGM’s TAKE: We already knew that Free Radical was working on Battlefront III before the studio closed, but we had no idea how far into development it actually was. Also the revelation of a fourth game being in the works is pretty big. Hopefully someone somewhere is picking up the pieces and will eventually release a third game. The best money is with Spark Unlimited. The series has a massive following, however several developers have had a go at creating a third title and all have been cancelled including Operation Raccoon City developer Slant Six. Will LucasArts ever be happy?
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