Published on February 7th, 2012 | by Cameron Woolsey
Rumor Patrol: Star Wars Battlefront III in Development?
Back in 2006 Free Radical Design announced it was working on a “Secret LucasArts Project.” But in 2008 the company passed the project, rumored to be the anticipated Star Wars: Battlefront III, to another. This first swap began a tale of rumor, leaked footage, and several more developer swaps.
Now, nearly seven years after Battlefront II, new rumors about Battlefront III have begun to surface.
Developer Spark Unlimited, a company that has seen some Battlefront III rumors itself, has recently opened a job position that calls for “a senior combat designer for a 3rd Person Action/Adventure sequel in a high-profile science fiction franchise currently greenlit for full production development for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC markets.”
Like I mentioned above, rumors that Spark Unlimited is involved with Battlefront III have existed for a couple months now. The project is a closely guarded secret that is so mysterious, the company’s Twitter couldn’t resist talking about the project that it couldn’t talk about: “Since we are working on a sequel for a well known sci-fi franchise, all aspects must remain secret.”
Further evidence to support the rumor comes from a couple LinkedIn profiles of former and current Spark employees.
The LinkedIn profile of John Lawrie, former senior software engineer for Spark, includes this little number under past projects: “Unannounced third-person sword fighting game (well known IP, Xbox 360, PS3).” A second developer’s profile says: “I have been working for three years in a AAA third person shooter using Unreal Engine and Kynapse AI middleware.”
To sum it up, Spark Unlimited is working on a secret game (that it can’t talk about) that is a well known sci-fi franchise that has third-person shooting and sword fighting elements.
Now, to be fair, this game could turn out to be anything. But considering the fact that Star Wars: Battlefront is also a well known sci-fi franchise that has third-person shooting and sword fighting elements, we can’t help but to raise our collective eyebrows, even if just a little bit.