Star Wars: Battlefront going next-gen?

Source: UK game-info site Computer and Video Games. What we heard: Ever since the first Battlefront hit consoles in fall 2004, the series has proved a cash cow for its publisher, LucasArts. Mixing Battlefield-style combat with Star Wars lore, the first game was a hit on the PC, Xbox, and...

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Source: UK game-info site Computer and Video Games.

What we heard: Ever since the first Battlefront hit consoles in fall 2004, the series has proved a cash cow for its publisher, LucasArts. Mixing Battlefield-style combat with Star Wars lore, the first game was a hit on the PC, Xbox, and PlayStation 2. It quickly blossomed into a full-fledged series, with a sequel proving popular on the same three platforms and the PlayStation Portable the following year.

Now, according to C&VG, the series is getting a third installment, courtesy of UK-based design house Free Radical. According to the site, the TimeSplitters developer, which recently inked a long-term deal with LucasArts, has been given the franchise. If true, the news basically all but signals the end of LucasArts' relationship with original Battlefront developer Pandemic, which is already shopping the sequel to Mercenaries to other publishers.

So where does the next-gen-console part of the story come in? Well, since LucasArts' deal with Free Radical is for next-gen consoles, it stands to reason that, if the studio is working on Battlefront, it is making the game for a new platform. Which platform, exactly, you ask? That's unclear, but it's worth noting Free Radical did wow Electronic Entertainment Expo goers with Haze, the futuristic first-person shooter it is developing for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC for Ubisoft.

The official story: When asked to comment on a) the Free Radical-Battlefront report and b) the next-gen Battlefront rumor, a LucasArts rep succinctly responded, "I can do neither. This is all just rumor and speculation, to which we don't comment."

Bogus or not bogus?: That Free Radical is working on Battlefront? Probably not bogus. Given Pandemic's exit from the scene, it seems logical to hand the Battlefront license over to a shooter-centric studio. As for one of the best-selling Star Wars franchises of all time coming to next-gen consoles? That's a no-brainer: not bogus.

Discussion

128 comments
visor10
visor10

Now that the developer has changed a lot of web sites say it's also going to be on: PS2, Wii, PSP and DS.

mep69
mep69

Mace360 how can you be so sure of this, and judging from your name your a 360fanboy and biaest toward your console. How can you say what has better internet if you dont own a ps3 ? Plus this game is on PC and PC has better online play anyway.

Mace360
Mace360

360 has better online, I say 360.

ravin_rabbids
ravin_rabbids

all i would want in it would be 1.more areas in your mother ship in space battles 2.more heroes 3.more maps (like inside the execution arena from No. 2 4.and more of a choice between characters( also being able to choose a weapon)

Paintballman97
Paintballman97

i liked renegade squadron for the PSP.I think as an added bonus,they should let you unlock weapons and credits instead of just having all the same weapons

Mooshu92887
Mooshu92887

I hope not, Battlefront is probably the most overrated Star Wars series of all time. They need to make sequels to other, better star wars games. Like Jedi Knight for instance.

golden_eagle93
golden_eagle93

It would be sweet if they made a Star Wars Battlefront III!

winnerjay
winnerjay

this is one of m favorite franchises to play multiplayer and im dying for a sequil. if they dont make it im going to hurt someone.

Chef_Bretz
Chef_Bretz

Sweet, this is going to be sick.

Genuma
Genuma

The news I have been waiting for!

jellies1324
jellies1324

Do you guys expect more Jedis, units and maps? Here's my expectations for SWB III: More jedis than ever , bring in the whole Jedi Union!!! Special characters, eg:Bacara, Bly, Gree and other Commanders Extra factions, eg: Clone Commandos and ARC troopers More vehicles and bigger space in orbital assaults MORE WEAPONS Interchangeable equipments... That's about it.. MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU

ljjm13
ljjm13

hey evry1 can sum1 plz answer my question. will star wars bf 3 cum on xbox 360 ?? and also i think it will be ill if they do they shud put lego star wars in the battlefront game that will mke it soo cool !!!

woodlandapple
woodlandapple

this will be sweet... just as long as the AI is better,especially in space battles.Isn't it annoying when you land a command ship in enemy hanger,only for teammates to nick it and get it blown up?

Deadlocked089
Deadlocked089

that would be awsome, but hopfully they will have it on the current generation consoles as well

battletrax02
battletrax02

Free Radical isnt a bad developer.. if anyone knows.. most of the members used to be a part of Rare. They left when MS bought them out. And formed Free Radical.. so therefore some of the guys did work on Goldeneye. This game should be sweet.

Fungi13
Fungi13

BF3 would be awesome!! Hopefully they'll put it on the Wii

R3DN1N3
R3DN1N3

I'll agree that Battlefront is a pretty good game but the controls were kinda loose. Anybody play Republic Commando? The controls on that game were smoother than BF. Anyways, a BF3 would be a great game. All they need now is make it so that it's more TEAM oriented. PS- Why don't they make a sequel for REPUBLIC COMMANDO?! that game rocks! Lucas Arts make us a sequel!

tin_head
tin_head

sweet. cant wait. bring back bespin platforms and dune sea. we need all the clasic maps back

datret
datret

RAAAAAAAAAWR!!!!! Sweeeeet!

gi1
gi1

wow cant wait

Timstuff
Timstuff

Wow, this is awesome news if true. Free Radical has really good knack for FPS controls on consoles (they worked on Goldeneye, afterall), and I think it's actually possible that they will surpass Pandemic in terms of this franchise. I can't wait to see what they do with it, because I'm sure it will be mega sweet. Since Free Radical is an FPS developer, I wonder if we might see a little more attention given to the single player campaign this time around? Treating it as a full-fledged Star Wars FPS sounds in order to me.

_Sam_
_Sam_

I really hope so!

Japster19981
Japster19981

Maybe now It'll finally get a little more team-based and pickup where Battlefield 2 (A Land where teamwork has been long forsaken) left off, giving us some squads and maybe even a Command system. Then again, I wouldn't want the sheer chaos of the fighting to be dumbed down just for a bit more tactical gameplay, so It's a case of ballancing out the goods and the bads of this type of game. Either way, looking forward to it. SWftw:D

dark_xaero
dark_xaero

Lucas Arts better be announcing KOTOR III soon or at least a new Jedi Knight game.

ScottHFC
ScottHFC

An Awesome game now made by argubly one of he best FPS developers ever... SOLD!!!

Dantes_Monkey
Dantes_Monkey

Free Radical are the most accomlished FPS makers at the moment (Halo fans please hush) and this is a very interesting proposition. However, i hope that the game is going to be more first person based because that is what free rad are best at.

Chaos_Daro
Chaos_Daro

I loved BF2. BF3 should be awesome, seriously. Maybe they could improve the space battles and the jedi controls.

JMizzle
JMizzle

I NEED BATTLEFRONT.....AND IT BETTER HAVE:- 1. Better Space Levels...where the ship isnt comprised of just 6 rooms 2. Flying vehicles on the ground (Battlefront 1 style) 3. Old maps....Bespin Platforms! And not forgetting...a release SOON lol

Merl57
Merl57

Where's the Wii support?

s0l0123
s0l0123

Battlefrnt 1 & 2 are my most favourite shooters. But, I wonder why they gave it over to Free Radical?

Deimos27
Deimos27

mrdelriego "There wont be a wii version because lucasarts does not support it, that's a good thing because the wii stinks." Fanboy... Gonna be a great game! Hopefully they release it on all systems... :)

OursTeh1337
OursTeh1337

Sweet, now I'll have to get a 360 if this is true.

SuperHunter
SuperHunter

Gotta love good news like this. I need another game to add to the 360's library.

Leick3
Leick3

This is the best star wars series ever! Just hope it comes out for wii.

DarkJedi8_basic
DarkJedi8_basic

I'd much rather see a Dark Forces 3 or Jedi Knight 3

DanC1989
DanC1989

Yep, BF3 is going to be awesome now it's (well, we think) in such capable hands. Can't wait :P

ele975
ele975

I think no one shoudl judge this matter right now until further information fo the game and gameplay footages.

lam_jeremy
lam_jeremy

i want Lego StarWars 3: Battlefront of the Old Repbulic

lam_jeremy
lam_jeremy

sweet, but just make the weapons feel a little stronger....and the vehicles are way overpowered....i mean, the rocket soldiers arent even significant against a large vehicle.... they should stick more to the rock papers scissors thing like BF, which made it good.. other than that, the game is great!

18273645
18273645

THERE IS A GOD!!! AWESOME!

Jasonxg1
Jasonxg1

Oh yeah this is something we need.

anaximandergary
anaximandergary

Damn...if only they had the guts to come out and actually confirm this. I would cry from happiness.