Star Wars: First Assault is downloadable multiplayer shooter - Report

Source says unannounced game supports up to 16 players, could be a lead-in to Battlefront III; fate uncertain following Disney buyout.

Star Wars: First Assault, which emerged last October, is a downloadable multiplayer shooter. That's according to a Kotaku source, who told the site the unannounced game was originally pegged to be released this spring, but is now in limbo following Disney's high-profile acquisition of the Star Wars franchise last year.

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According to the source, LucasArts parent company LucasFilm suspended all hiring and game announcements when it caught wind that Disney would take over the brand. First Assault was reportedly going to be announced in September, with a beta to follow by the end of the month and a full release sometime this spring.

LucasArts is now reportedly "bleeding talent" as developers wait to determine the fate of First Assault, as well as the potentially stalled Star Wars 1313.

As for First Assault, Kotaku's source claims it supports 16 players: a team of eight stormtroopers and a second team of eight rebels. Battles are said to take place in places like Bespin and Tatooine.

First Assault is also reportedly "step zero" to Star Wars: Battlefront III, a test of sorts for Star Wars shooter games that run on the Unreal Engine. If the game is successful, it could lead to the release of the long-in-development--and heavily debated--Battlefront III.

A LucasArts representative was not immediately available to comment.

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wkeutsch14
wkeutsch14

Common Lucasarts, bring these games (star wars 1313, first assault) to the fans. You're not making any money cancelling Lucasarts. I get you cancelled it for support and security, but like seriously, keep stuff like this up, and you won't last long with funds.

synthetiksin
synthetiksin

I'm ok with this. As long as it might hint at republic commando 2. Just hate how the clone wars took a complete dump on the republic commando EU stuff.

10finalfantasy
10finalfantasy

/sigh first Star Wars 1313, now what sound like could have been a spiritual successor to Battlefront. I dearly hope that these remain rumors.

mrdude05
mrdude05

anyone else think this game is gonna get canned? Lucas arts has a habit of taking great ideas and either completely getting rid of them or putting them through the wringer so many times it barley resembles the original idea.

xerxes5678
xerxes5678

The big question is, will there be bots?

It's one of the things that made SWBF a console legend was the fact that we could play with relatively intelligent AI.

Sandro7
Sandro7

Please make battlefront3 ! oh please,please, please. Battlefront2 was amazing, i remember how much fun me and my buddies had with that game. Battlefront3 for next gen would seriously encourage to me buy next-gen console. I many people demands it, maybe people who wants it should make some sorta petition.... 

TheSkyrimStatue
TheSkyrimStatue

2014: Battlefront 3, building on Battlefront 2. 4 player split-screen. Game modes of up to 100 players online including optional bots. Massive multiplayer and single player space battles. More vehicles, guns and classes (including special classes). Single player mode with coop. Massive single player, coop and competitive drop in/out galactic conquest mode.  

That right there is a cod killer

MotRFalcon
MotRFalcon

Can we get Republic Commando 2 already!?

MadButtCracker
MadButtCracker

Is there any good game in Star Wars realm?? I don't think so.

AMG
AMG

Battlefront 3 would have been perfect for this generation, such a wasted opportunity. Hopefully we can look forward to it in this coming generation.

Prats1993
Prats1993

Please make BF 3 a 3rd person game, not another fuckin fps

itchyflop
itchyflop

will this differ (other than the obvious star wars feature) to the FPS 's of today?? Is there enough to keep this fresh ?? I must admit i did like bfront series. 

the_real_VIP
the_real_VIP

LucasArts is basically like Square Enix: they make games nobody asks for and they don't make games people want.

Aletunda
Aletunda

battlefront 2 was so bad ass!! can't wait for BF3


Munstable
Munstable

Don't be silly guys, I'm quite sure that they already have plans for battlefront 3 anyway. This is just a ploy to draw in BF fans to increase sales for this game, which probably sucks.

thereal-15-cent
thereal-15-cent

I'll buy it just to support the release of Battlefront III.

Joutja
Joutja

Hopefully, this means that battlefront 3 is back on track. 

ChaosUndivided
ChaosUndivided

We can only hope they release a Battlefront 3. Love space battles boarding each others ships.

Imatyta
Imatyta

I want Battlefront 3 on PS4! No...I demand it!

punkpunker
punkpunker

still not republic commandos or SWBF3

puukusa
puukusa

dam, this made me wish to go back in time... around 2006 when WOW BG's were still good and have some fun in WSG and AV. I quit wow in 2008

exedeath
exedeath

One thing you have to give COD credit for is their matchmaking. It is easy to form a party, and to find games in a category that you want to play. If it is going to be 8 on 8, then they will steal from COD. They meed to make it 50 on 50, combine Battlefield and Tribes, give it the matchmaking and party system from COD, and give us dedicated servers. You could have the greatest FPS ever created. However, we all know they will make it a cheap knockoff of COD, with terrible matchmaking.

cfstar
cfstar

... Is it bad that once I saw the picture I immediately thought that it was a CoD game until I read the news title?...

alpha_unit97
alpha_unit97

Battlefront, Jedi Knight, Republic Commando, Rogue Squadron, Kotor... all forgotten Lucas Arts franchises, thrown away for crap like The Force Unleashed.

Tomdogg
Tomdogg

I'd give it up on BFIII if I were you guys...

devild0ogwhite
devild0ogwhite

I love how everyone is so worried about what Disney will do to "ruin" star wars.  As if they could possibly do anything worse to this series than Lucas has already done to it.  Or has everyone already forgotten what a travesty episodes 1-3 were?  Episode 3 was the only watchable one and that isn't saying much at all.  And lets not forget Disney was responsible for the stellar Avengers movie we were treated to not long ago.  As far as the games themselves go, yeah there are gonna be some hiccups for a little bit, but things will be smoothed over with time.

RacingBlood94
RacingBlood94

A fps with a Star Wars skin? Only if its free to play like dust514

Sandro7
Sandro7

@xerxes5678 that was also reason why i and my buddies loved it so much, i really hope this Battlefront3 happens


Nightelf123
Nightelf123

@MadButtCracker 

star wars jedi knight 1,2,3

star wars rogue squadron 1,2

star wars kotor 1, 2(with tslrcm)

star wars republic commando

star wars empire at war

star wars tie fighter

star wars battlefront 2.

and i think star wars shadows of the empire is also a good game

Darth_Kane
Darth_Kane

@MadButtCracker KOTOR is the best RPG ever made. Republic Commando is the best tactical shooter ever made. Jedi Outcast is also better than most newer crap

West123
West123

@Prats1993 do you know why your comment failed? you should say they should have an option of 3rd person like in MW2 or is it 3 can never tell them apart

Joutja
Joutja

@punkpunker I would love for them to make another Republic Commando. That and the Battlefront games were the best in my opinion.

Alex4789123
Alex4789123

@cfstar First thing I thought too- just another COD ripoff. This is NOT what I want BF3 to be. I swear that one series has just about ruined the entire industry. Always popping its ugly head up everywhere. Just go away already.

brok
brok

@cfstar not really- I thought that too, then the article itself just reeked of COD even more. Yuck. Sure hope BF3, if it ever happens, is the exact opposite of this.

thereal-15-cent
thereal-15-cent

@alpha_unit97 The Jedi Knight, Republic Commando, KOTOR and Battlefront series are all they need. Those four franchises alone could carry Star Wars gaming.

alpha_unit97
alpha_unit97

@Tomdogg They just said depending on the success of up-coming Star Wars games they would consider making BF3, now would be a bad time to give up...

Prodozul
Prodozul

@West123 @Prats1993 Both of your comments failed horrifically. The last two Battlefronts had options to change between first person view and third person view.

Fernin-Ker
Fernin-Ker

@Alex4789123

Holy cow, there's a gun in the lowr right hand corner of the screen and a desaturated color pallet .. Yup! CoD was sure the progenitor of that! Couldn't possibly have been there pretty much since the genre began!


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Oh... Wait... IT WAS! =0