Despite its commercial success, many people were disappointed by Star Wars: Battlefront. Don’t get me wrong, the game is absolutely beautiful, but the lack of a single-player campaign, as well as the omission of space battles really hurt the game. These are pretty common knowledge by now, but what you might not know is that there was another Battlefield game in the works a while back, and it’s about to be released on Steam for free.
The long-lost Battlefront 3 game was in development at Free Radical Design back in 2008. When the project was scrapped, the company claimed that the game was 99% complete. A build of the game was leaked a while back, and thanks to that leak, some people have been working hard at rebuilding the game and polishing it up for a PC release.
Fan remakes and releases are nothing new in the PC gaming world. However, this particular case is interesting for a couple of reasons. The first is the fact that Valve is getting involved with the project. While they’re not doing anything on the development side, they will be releasing the game on Steam. We’re not sure of the details surrounding the agreement, but we do know that the game will be released for free on the platform.
The other thing that makes this particularly interesting is the fact that it’s part of a franchise that has seen a recent release, and it’s based off of Star Wars. You’d think that between the lawyers of both Disney and EA, that this game would never see the light of day, at least not on a popular store like Steam.
The main defense that they have is that they’re not profiting off of the release of the game. So long as they don’t take in any money, they might be okay. They’ve also changed the title of the game to the more generic “Galaxy in Turmoil.” Since they’re not using Star Wars or Battlefront in the title, the companies can’t claim that the title misleads gamers into believing that it is an official release.
We’re not sure exactly when the game will be released, but we’ll let you know when we find out.