The Star Wars franchise may be a cash cow for George Lucas and his company what with all of the best selling toys, movies, DVDs and other sundry merchandise, but when it comes to gaming, most Star Wars licensed games are pretty much hit and miss. But with the release of the first Battlefront in 2004, LucasArts seems to have finally stumbled on to a formula that has both reviewers and gamers raving. Star Wars: Battlefront actually mixes Battlefield style fighting along with the very rich Star Wars mythology. The first Battlefront game that was released on the PC, Xbox and Playstation 2 was a certified hit. Seeing that they had a winner on their hands, LucasArts promptly turned it into a series with the eventual sequel proving to be as popular on the very same three gaming platforms as well as the Playstation Portable when it was released the following year.It now looks like Battlefront will be getting a third installment through the geniuses at UK based design company Free Radical. The company, which became famous for its TimeSplitters titles, recently signed a long term contract with LucasArts and it looks like it was also given the Battlefront franchise to develop. If this rumor turns out to be true though it would effectively mean that LucasArts partnership with original Battlefront developer Pandemic has reached its end.
As it is there are still no concrete details on the development of a new Battlefront title but it is quite safe to assume that if there is any development on going for the title it will be more likely for a next gen console release.
And somewhere, millions of Star Wars geeks wait with bated breath.
[tags]LucasArts, Star Wars, Star Wars: Battlefront, TimeSplitters[/tags]