Battlefront 3 was 99 percent done when canceled

Free Radical cofounder Steve Ellis says ill-fated Star Wars game only needed bug fixing, would have been company's "most successful game."

Star Wars: Battlefront III was 99 percent complete at the time of its cancellation, Free Radical cofounder Steve Ellis told GamesTM magazine (via NowGamer).

"We had a 99 percent finished game that just needed bug fixing for release. It should have been our most successful game, but it was cancelled for financial reasons," Ellis said.

A report from May revealed Battlefront III was in development at Free Radical (now Crytek UK) from mid-2006 through early 2008. Other cofounder David Doak said things went well with the project until a management change at LucasArts led the publisher to make deep cuts and essentially sabotaged Battlefront III.

"[W]e went from talking to people who were passionate about making games to talking to psychopaths who insisted on having an unpleasant lawyer in the room," Doak said at the time.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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gp3tron
gp3tron

And I am still waiting for Battlefront 3, Republic Commando 2, and X-wing Alliance Reboot...why? because...

Hurvl
Hurvl

99% done and only needed bug fixing, huh? When such a promising project is almost done, you'd think that they wouldn't just throw away all that hard work and money by scrapping it, but this time they did so. It's funny, because you sometimes see games released that appear to be rushed and unfinished, but you also have your games that tripped on the finishing line and that often seemed like they would have been great if just given a bit more time and effort. Hopefully it will get revived somehow, we need more good Star Wars games.

chrisl1891
chrisl1891

One of the few last gen games I still play regularly. Lets see a HD version of Battlefront 2.

mmidnigh
mmidnigh

I've been praying for this game for a long time.  Now, I'm just pissed.  As a giant SW geek and a huge fan of the previous two console iterations of this series, I am very disappointed that I'm not gonna see a next gen version of Battlefront.

itchyflop
itchyflop

they were memorable games, on all platforms. Another is needed in my opinion a bf3 style star wars with the frostbite engine, zipping around on speeders like the old days :)

The_Last_Ride
The_Last_Ride

Just great... Can't someone just freaking release it?!?!?

DarthLod
DarthLod

News stories on this game are pretty tired. Honestly. In 6 months another person will say something, yadda yadda yadda. End of Line man.

singhellotaku
singhellotaku

if thats the case, find the old assets and release it, or leak it and let the community bug fix it, I'd happily buy a buggy beta copy and try to patch it up a bit.

Anatholos
Anatholos

This is terrible news...... I have looked forward to play this game for years!

HappyBB
HappyBB

It's often business and management that destroy creativity, innovation, and passion, IMO.

MarcJL31
MarcJL31

As many games that are released that shouldn't have been, this is one that I definitely was waiting for all current-gen. I played the hell out of Battlefronts 1 and even more so with 2. Great game. Sad fate. 

davidsworld3
davidsworld3

Why repost an old article gamespot? Trying to get the community to force them to release the game like what happened with mass effect 3's endings? Way to try to make us all rage like morons.

 

At this point teh game would not be worth the money, would be pretty outdated and wouldn't impress anyone, would be like duke nukem possibly all over again, though not nearly as bad would feel like it though.

 

We would deserve an up to date title most likely on the next gen so we can get the graphical quality and scale a game like battlefront needs to stay fun. I dont play them anymore they simply too old to be fun anymore, it doesn't age as well as games like mario does the challenge goes away and gets too predictable, basically need a friend to play it with ya but no one plays it anymore.

davidsworld3
davidsworld3

Never knew it was actually in the works to begin with. What a shame we dont get a 3rd game for that, the series is so boring now I haven't played it in a long time, needs a 3rd game with up to date graphics and more gameplay options.

theHydra014
theHydra014

Still have Battlefront 1 and 2, disappointed that I can't 3 next to it.

SciFiCat
SciFiCat

Since Disney now owns SW there might be a chance to resuscitate this project.  

Zonno
Zonno

Well, things like that never get cancelled for no reason - it's probably an overstatement.

Mr357Magnum
Mr357Magnum

Do I foresee a petition springing up in the future? If so, a case like this deserves it.

Edunear
Edunear

love both battlefronts, and hope someone out there will take it on him/herself to finish this game, we the community demand it!

DeadWeather
DeadWeather

Someone must have the completed code. Leak it out and let the fan modders fix the bugs up. Seems just to me.

Mr357Magnum
Mr357Magnum

For shame. For shame. Battlefront 2 was so fun it was almost addicting.

This is like waiting for a download  to finish after several hours of downloading, and when it finally reaches 99 percent,  power failure. Ha ha life's a B start over! >X0

Slade968
Slade968

Lawyers and the Man strike again...

vadagar1
vadagar1

wtf thanks for the slap in the face :(

liron99
liron99

this article is pure trollism. shame on you gamespot. now go and finish Battlefront 3 !

grey_fox1984
grey_fox1984

At this point it would be a four year old game, so if Disney does decide to polish and release it, I really hope they do it as a digital download for like $20 instead of making it a full priced retail game.

Courtawulf
Courtawulf

Well, I hope someone ends up with the money to at least buy the rights back. Not sure how this works since I know star wars legal issues are the worst in the business. Anyone know if there is the possibility of getting it finished through kickstarter? I assume that "getting it finished" at this point would just be bug fixing and paying off legal.

WithoutGraceXII
WithoutGraceXII

Hey that's nice. If you need me I'll be slamming my head into the wall and crying. Battefront was one of the coolest games from last gen. Such a shame.

heckteur
heckteur

I was never a huge fan of battlefront having played 2 for some weeks. It always felt as though you didn't build - I would have liked to see a leveling, perk or unlock stat system with character customization.

 

KOTOR 3 rises to my mind - TOL is no substitution for what might of been and now will probably not be due to resources being poured into the online cousin.

DAMSOG
DAMSOG

We are most displeased with your apparent lack of progress, SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY...perhaps this will be a new way to motivate them. :)

TheDudeman420
TheDudeman420

I hate this...good games, getting cancelled right before release...a lit more perseverance would have paid off, for everyone. 

I hope that now that Disney has Lucas Arts, they can actually spend some big bucks for quality products.

darckdeth
darckdeth

Lucasarts wants to shatter records and make more money then even cod could? ez Give us what we need. the big 3 KOTOR 3, Battlefronts 3, and Republic commando 2 do that and you will have more monies then you would know what to do with. maybe use it to hire passionate management. :D

darckdeth
darckdeth

so the reason we don't have great lucas arts games anymore is because of a management shift. o.0 death to that infidels

MaxBlaze
MaxBlaze

Total tragedy.  Sad to know that stuff like this happens a lot in the gaming industry.  Sucks even more when there are so many crappy games that come out instead :( *sob*

MudPie210
MudPie210

this makes me so mad I can hardly stand it.  !@#$ing  A-hole big businesses; was looking forward to that game for so long, such an awesome series with such an undeserving end.

jonsono2
jonsono2

99% eh? GIve it to us, we'll do the bug fixing!

tightwad34
tightwad34

I really wish they never told us it was this close to being completed. It only makes LucasArts look worse while making us gamers agonize a bit about it. Whoever pulled the plug is a complete idiot. Even if they were spending way too much, didn't they realize this is a game damn near everyone wanted? There was a lot of money to be made. They would have got their money back tenfold. There has to be a silver lining here, but I can't find it.

timoteo2k1
timoteo2k1

Playing blops 2 and looking at the "bouncing betty's" which are carbon copies of the mines in Battlefront had my buddies and i reminiscing about how great a game Battlefront 2 was.... we need a Battlefront 3.

CallOfTheKitten
CallOfTheKitten

No the development was probably erased when Free Radical merged into Crytek UK

Granpire
Granpire

 @SciFiCat I doubt Disney's going to restaff Lucasarts or intervene on their behalf. It was the fault of the execs at Lucasarts that set unrealistic expectations. 

 

Shame, because this could have been a massive, massive financial success for both Free Radical and Lucasarts.

TheAgingGamer
TheAgingGamer

 @CourtawulfWell now that Disney has made a deal to purchase Lucas Arts they will own at least part of the rights of this game. Disney has worked with other companies in the past on joint projects, so it's not unfathomable that they could strike a deal with whoever owns the game rights to complete this game. I'm not sure there is a great chance, but there is at least a small chance.

 

Cabose420
Cabose420

 @darckdeth this. fucking this god damn it. I've been waiting for Battlefront 3 since this console generation started. To hear it was so close to being finished and being scrapped... Who ever was responsible for this fuck up better be out of a job and are hard pressed to find one in the industry.

Cabose420
Cabose420

 @jonsono2 Agreed. If they still have the code and assets laying around and they don't want to finish and release it please give it to the community. There are plenty of modders out there that would be happy to finish up the game.