Years later, the world is finally ready to get a taste of Star Wars Battlefront 3… sort of. Fan-made creation Galaxy in Turmoil was created based on the long-cancelled game, and it’s headed to Steam as a free download.
The game – formerly known as “Project Rebuild (FRD) BF3” – has been a long time coming. The studio had nearly given up on the idea of publishing the game. As an indie developer, it lacked the negotiating power of the AAA studios. Steam’s Greenlight service was out of the question, as Galaxy in Turmoil is packed with Star Wars content and Greenlight’s terms of service state that you must own the rights to all assets used in your game.
Happily, the team came to an agreement with Valve to see the game distributed via Steam “soon”, for free.
Developer Frontwire Studios hopes that the price tag (or absence of) will prevent Disney’s lawyers from getting too upset about the project – studio president Tony Romanelli has spoken to Valve about his concerns, and has been given the thumbs-up.
By Steam agreeing to ship Galaxy in Turmoil we are not only adding more validation and awareness to the project by opening up the game to a whole new audience, we’re also cementing Frontwire Studios’ reputation as an up and coming developer with the opportunity to now publish our games on Steam in the future.
The original Star Wars Battlefront III was in development back in 2008. LucasArts never publicly confirmed the game, but screenshots, gameplay footage and even a playable build has since been leaked. The project was scrapped in 2008, with developer Free Radical claiming that LucasArts could not commit to a proper marketing budget for the game, while LucasArts allege that Free Radical was missing deadlines and could not devote sufficient resources. Either way, the game was scrapped… making Galaxy in Turmoil the closest thing many of us will get to playing it.
We don’t have a release date available just yet, but the game’s definitely coming along. Frontwire even has DLC updates already in development, just going to show you can’t keep a community project quiet for long.