‘Star Wars: First Assault’ Screenshots Showcase Bespin & Tatooine Maps [Updated]

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No thanks to LucasArts and their new owners at Disney, we’ve slowly been learning through leaks more and more about the Star Wars game that may never be: Star Wars: First Assault. We first discovered the downloadable shooter last summer and since, Disney has put a lid on any marketing efforts for the game that was originally intended for release this spring.

Reports indicate Disney has put a halt to hirings at LucasArts and we now wonder whether or not Star Wars: First Assault – allegedly a precursor to Battlefront 3 – is being saved for upcoming events, possible E3, or whether it’s being canned entirely. For now, all we have are rumors, fan desires, and a few new screenshots.

Kotaku, who have an inside source close to the game, shared a few new Star Wars: First Assault screenshots, highlighting the 8 vs. 8 online multiplayer gameplay.

The first-person shooter features 16-player matches, putting players in the boots of the Rebels or Imperial Stormtroopers. It’s infantry-based, allowing players to fight over maps based on popular locations from what seems to be only the original trilogy. Part of the First Assault dev team are (were?) reportedly working on vehicles as well, and had already crafted functional Tie Fighters and AT-ST walkers, for use down the road in Star Wars: Battlefront III, a game that could potentially be greenlit based on the reception to Star Wars: First Assault.

Battlefront 3 would be built from the ground up using the First Assault engine an assets, instead of continuing development on the previously canceled, but “99% finished” version that Slant Six Games and Free Radical had both worked on in the past.

So, what is Disney doing with LucasArts and are they going to help usher in the return of critically acclaimed, award-worthy Star Wars games? As we’ve theorized previously, First Assault/Battlefront and Star Wars 1313 may both be in the early stages of being altered to fit Disney’s plans for Star Wars Episodes 7-9 and the two standalone movies based on Boba Fett and Han Solo, so it could just be a while before we find out more.

[Update: Leaked pre-rendered footage for a trailer along with some brief gameplay clips were leaked to Kotaku]

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Source: Kotaku

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  1. Lost me at First Person shooter, wasn’t Battlefront 3rd Person?

    • Do you want to play as Goofy? F1 to accept F2 to decline.

    • *facepalm* no moron they were fps. you could switch to TPS but why in odens name would you want to? or you must be talking about the crappy a$$ psp games that were total pieces of crap and forced you to play in tps mainly bc the psp couldnt pull off an fps very well (with some exceptions) bc the idiot that thought up the psp didnt put two thumbsticks on it as it should have had.

      • You clearly dont know anything. The fps mode looked like s*** since your character did barely any animations. Most people played the game in 3rd person. And yes the psp version had fps mode you just had to not be a retard and look at the control scheme. But i will admit that it was hard to play in fps on the psp due to only having one joystick.

        • the fps mode looked totally kick a$$ and you are NOT talking about renegade and elite squadron. those DO NOT have fps mode.

          and dont know anything? i played the damn things the day they came out. i bought a f*cking psp (the special edition white darth vader psp with renegade squadron game) just to play the other battlefront games of which i was so disappointed in i traded it in the very next day to help get my first copy of Oblivion

      • Do you have something stuck up your…

        Nevermind, saw your screen name, carry on troll.

  2. i hope it comes to be i really do. id buy it asap. i just hope it has offline modes like the originals did. and so long as it remains an fps im sold.

  3. This NEEDS to get positive reception so that Battlefront III will finally come out. Not some craptastic PSP game. A proper sequel needs to be crafted. Battlefront was one of my favorite games to play on the Xbox.

  4. I’m just gonna be optimistic and hope that the reason they pulled this game is so they could build on it and turn it into Battlefront 3.

  5. Lame. Call me when BF3 comes out.

    • can I have your number? it’s out.

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