Star Wars Battlefront III footage leaks online

One of the apparent casualties of Free Radical's abrupt implosion late last year was the studio's development deal with LucasArts, announced in August 2006. Though the game covered by that deal was never officially confirmed, it was widely speculated to be Star Wars Battlefront III. That...

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One of the apparent casualties of Free Radical's abrupt implosion late last year was the studio's development deal with LucasArts, announced in August 2006. Though the game covered by that deal was never officially confirmed, it was widely speculated to be Star Wars Battlefront III.

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That speculation was ostensibly confirmed shortly after the UK-based studio was placed into the hands of a bankruptcy-resolution firm, when a Free Radical developer posted Battlefront III concept art online as part of his resume portfolio. However, development of that game was apparently well beyond the conceptual-art phase.

Today, purported alpha footage of Star Wars Battlefront III was posted to video-sharing site YouTube. GameSpot was subsequently able to confirm with a Free Radical employee that the footage is of an internal video shown in November for the in-development game. The footage, which runs just less than six minutes, depicts several scenes from the unannounced game including lightsaber duels, firefights, aerial combat, and story-related cutscenes.

With Free Radical's closure, the status of Star Wars Battlefront III is unclear. Unconfirmed reports have it being taken over by Rebellion Software, maker of Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron for the PSP. Prior Battlefront console games were developed by Pandemic Studios.

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