Star Wars: Battlefront 3 is very nearly upon us and after successful public beta test, anticipation couldn’t be higher. However, it’s easy to get lost in what’s coming, what we’re going to do now is show you what could have been. Star Wars: First Assault was supposed to be the first in a series of games that would inevitably lead up to Battlefront 3 but alas it wasn’t to be, and in 2012 Disney and Lucas Arts scraped the game.
Star Wars: First Assault was being internally developed at LucasArts as a downloadable title for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 and was a completely separate project for the also canned 2006 Star Wars: Battlefront 3 title that was in development by Free Radical, it also bares no resemblance to the latest venture from DICE. According to reports from both Kotaku and GamesRadar, the game was nearing completion needing only $10,000 in certification fees in order to open up a public beta, before Disney decided to put the game into retirement before the public even got their hands on it.
But that hasn’t stopped a few keen fans from seeking it out, which is why we now have never before seen footage from a technical beta that was reportedly ran using Xbox Live a short time before the project was axed. The footage features 20 minutes of gameplay on a map resembling Tatooine from the first person perspective of a Storm Trooper traversing the map, picking up guns and utilising power ups and map features. Unfortunately however, that’s all you get to see, as the technical beta didn’t allow additional players or even AI controlled NPCs.
So without further delay, here’s the footage:
Obviously this isn’t the first we’ve seen in terms of footage, but it is the most up-to-date version of the game we’ve seen so far, and while it’s difficult to fully appreciate what it is we’re seeing, it’s not difficult to see that this game definitely had potential. The idea was that Star Wars: First Assault was meant to land in the summer 2013 to then be followed by a title codenamed Wingman a year later. Reports lead us to believe that Wingman would have been designed with the newer generation consoles in mind as plans were to include bigger maps and vehicle based combat. This would then inevitably lead up to now, Winter 2015 when Star Wars: Battlefront 3 would emerge as an entirely different animal, featuring a lot of content inspired by the first to games as well as a fully fledged single player Campaign and space battles with teams of X-Wings and Tie-Fighters battling it out for supremacy.
Details surrounding exactly why Disney decided to axe the plans behind the series are somewhat sketchy, all we know is that all LucasArts projects were frozen in preparation of the deal to be then re-appraised post merge. Following the deal, DICE’s Star Wars: Battlefront 3 was announced. We’ll let you come to your own conclusion on that.