A lot of new games are going to be revealed in a few weeks. That doesn’t stop the speculation though; today we have our first peek at one: Battlefront 3! EGMNow reports that they have got an invite from LucasArts to see an “unannounced game in development”. They asked if it had lightsabers in it or not – the answer wasn’t confirmed, but it wasn’t denied outright either.
Battlefront 3 is rumored to have been cancelled. However, nothing is confirmed yet. The site notes that LucasArts will make use of Unreal Engine 3 for its games, though it didn’t mention anything else.
I’d love to see a new Battlefront, especially one on next-gen hardware. That would be amazing!
The ESA may have been in major trouble for the past few weeks as publishers Activision, Vivendi and LucasArts left the US-based trade body. No reason was cited for their departures. However, EA has stepped up to the plate to defend the body, criticizing those who left by lambasting their “lack of leadership.”
Speaking to Gamesindustry.biz at a recent press event, Jeff Brown, VP of corporate communications at EA, commented: “They’re a big company and we feel that when you’re a big company you’ve got a responsibility to consumers to work on policy issues which are very, very important to consumers. And the best way to do that is with an industry consensus. That’s the way it’s been done with the ESA in the US, and with ELSPA in the UK.”
He added that EA was not reconsidering its position in the trade body, urging the ESA to make a strong case to its remaining members for their ongoing participation.
When asked about E3, Brown responded that “EA is 100 per cent committed,” adding that other major publishers will also be present at the event to show off their wares. The event, organized by the ESA, will run this year from July 15-17 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
LucasArts and Traveller’s Tales have officially announced Lego Indiana Jones, the next franchise following the runaway success of Lego Star Wars. The game will have players play through the three released films and is scheduled for release in 2008 on unspecified platforms.
“LucasArts and TT Games are setting the bar for next-generation family entertainment with the LEGO Star Wars franchise, and our incredible relationship continues with LEGO Indiana Jones,” said Jim Ward, president of LucasArts. “In addition to providing the quality bonding time inspired by any good family game, LEGO Indiana Jones delivers something a little different for everyone. Parents will enjoy the humorous take on some of their favorite movies, and their kids get some rousing action/adventure gameplay that may also introduce them to Indy’s original adventures for the first time.”
They’ve also released a trailer from the game, showing off gameplay as well as cinematic footage. You can watch it streaming below, or download it from Rapidshare.
This franchise is rooted in every nerd/dork’s life, and has impressed quite a few gamers with its many titles, many of which have been good. FiringSquad takes a look at the ten best Star Wars games (in their opinion, of course), ranging from the obvious KOTOR to Republic Commando.
Word comes from LucasArts and SOE that Chapter 4: Armed and Ready for Action is now available for Star Wars Galaxy subscribers. Latest in a series of updates to the MMORPG, it adds three combat professions – commando, spy and medic – and a couple of new features.
Fans of the ever-popular franchise can look forward to Star Wars: The Best of PC from LucasArts that combines all the popular Windows games in the series in one package. This compilation will go on sale this Holiday season for $40.
The package includes Empire at War, Knights of the Old Republic, Battlefront, Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast and Republic Commando. Additionally, it will also offer a 14-day trial of Star Wars Galaxies.
More details on the titles inside.
Making use of their oh-so-awesome ‘investigative reporters’, CVG has learned that the third entry in the popular Star Wars: Battlefront series is being handled by Free Radical. This, according to their investigator, comes as a result of their recent deal with LucasArts to develop a next-gen title.
Known for their excellent work on TimeSplitters and GoldenEye, Free Radical has neither confirmed nor denied its involvement with LucasArts. However, the studio is “very excited” about the project, saying that it will be “awesome”.
Proving that the Star Wars brand is still strong, and that good games really do sell, LucasArts has announced that LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy has sold 1.1 million units worldwide within one week of release. Since its release on September 12, the game has sold over a million copies spanning eight platforms including PS2, PSP, Xbox, Xbox 360, Gamecube, PC, DS and GBA.
“There’s definitely something for everyone in LEGO Star Wars II, and the sales and reviews so far are proving it,” said Jim Ward, president of LucasArts. “This is the type of fun, accessible game everyone in the family can enjoy. It appeals to so much more than just the traditional gaming audience.”
Set in a tongue-in-cheek Star Wars galaxy, LEGO Star Wars II allows gamers to build and battle their way through the events of Star Wars: Episodes IV through VI.
LucasArts has announced an agreement with Day 1 Studios, creator of the “MechAssault” series, to develop a completely new IP for release on next-gen consoles. As expected, the release was devoid of any actual information on the title, but it did mention that the studio is focusing on “ground-breaking gameplay” and “interactivity that is only possible with next-generation platforms.”
Further details are to be revealed at a future date.