Despite the fact that Star Wars: Battlefront 3 was confirmed to be canceled several years ago, news of the game keeps popping up on the internet from time to time.
Recently, several videos worth of Star Wars: Battlefront 3 footage surfaced online, showing a game rough around the edges but with some promise nonetheless, making it all the more disappointing that the game never saw the light of day.
The latest news certainly doesn’t help, either.
In an interview with gamesTM Magazine (via NowGamer), Free Radical co-founder Steve Ellis revealed that Star Wars: Battlefront 3 was 99 percent complete when it was canceled. All the studio needed to do was squash bugs and add some extra polish, and then it would have been ready for release.
“It felt like we had turned a corner as a company,” Ellis explained in the interview with gamesTM. “We had had a dark period during the development of Haze, we’d had problems with our tech and we’d had some growing pains as we expanded to the size we needed to be, but it really felt like we were finally coming out of the other side intact.
“We were making a game with very high ambition. You could start a battle on the ground, jump into a ship and fly into space, continuing on to dock in a capital ship and continue the battle there. We’d had to build all kinds of new tech and overcome numerous technical challenges and limitations but we had done it.
“We had a 99% finished game that just needed bug fixing for release. It should have been our most successful game, but it was cancelled for financial reasons. I’m happy that people did at least get to see what we were working on and share the team’s enthusiasm for it.”