In 2008, Free Radical's eagerly anticipated third installment of the thrilling Star Wars Battlefront series was cancelled, much to the detriment of the series' multitude of fans and Timesplitters zealots out there. And I mean major detriment. Well, on my part at least!
Free Radical, now known as Deep Silver Dambuster Studios, had originally signed a deal with LucasArts to develop Battlefront 3 and 4, but LucasArts, despite the game being incredibly close to finished, decided to can the idea, sending Free Radical as we knew them, spiraling into administration and leaving us jonesing for a high res round on an AT-AT.
Luckily for us, two 15 minute videos of the game in its pre-alpha form have appeared on the web and you can check them out below. The game's early footage naturally looks a bit haggard and some levels are incomplete, but witnessing the easy transitions between the series' seminal land and vehicle based warfare is a bittersweet lament for what could have been. Have a look for yourself. Skip to 11:48 in Part 1 for some Darth Vader action! Part 2 is all about Padme and Leia tearing it up on Coruscant.
An even bigger loss to the Star Wars video game universe was the addition of a sith iteration of a familiar and much loved father figure. Rise, Sith Kenobi!
Thanks to some great detective work from the peeps over at Kotaku, we can bear witness to the ultimate badassery of one of sci-fi's greatest heroes' descent into darkness. Look at him!
I'd pitch a tent on the dark side for a chance of running through Hoth with Dark Obi-Wan!
Free Radical made, in my opinion, one of the most endlessly fun and addictive multiplayer games ever in Timesplitters 2 and, during the founding members' time at Rare, created Goldeneye 007 and Perfect Dark. That's quite the portfolio, isn't it? So, imagine the disappointment as my dreams of vaulting over Coruscantian balconies as Darth Monkey and lobbing explosive melons at wookies went up in flames. Well, I guess we'll just have to wait and see what DICE roll out with.
(Sources: IGN and Kotaku)