It isn't difficult to understand why so many gamers are demanding another entry in the Star Wars: Battlefront series. After the original delivered one of the best games blessed with the Star Wars license in recent memory, the sequel only expanded on the game's mechanics and technical prowess. While developer Spark Unlimited has been assumed to be working on Star Wars: Battlefront 3 for quite a while, new job listings and developer resumÃ©s point strongly to the game's absolute existence, and an impending release.
Star Wars: Battlefront 3 fanatics gained plenty of evidence a few months ago when the developer refused to confirm or deny whether the sequel they were working on really was a third Battlefront title. While a flat-out refusal to comment is a far cry from a confirmation or particularlly compelling evidence, the latest updates certainly carry a bit more weight.
According to a new job listing spotted by PlayStationLifestyle on Spark Unlimited's own webpage, the team is in need of a Senior Combat Designer for a game that will surely perk the ears of die-hard Battlefront fans:
"Spark is looking for a senior combat designer for a 3rd Person Action/Adventure sequel in a high-profile science fiction franchise currently greenlit for full production development for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC markets."
Additional hints were given by the LinkedIn profile of the studio's former Senior Software Engineer John Lawrie:
"Unannounced third person sword fighting game (well known IP, Xbox 360, PS3)"
While the language is intentionally ambiguous, there are a few things to notice. First of all, the list of 'high-profile science fiction' game series that aren't already well established isn't a long one, and considering the studio's history with rumors Star Wars does make sense. What will stand out for those following the story though, is the fact that the project is described as 'currently greenlit for production.'
With rumors of Battlefront 3 being slightly dampened by the seeming demise of LucasArts' game catalogue, stating that the game is absolutely moving ahead seems to be a prerequisite for attracting high-level talent. With The Old Republic bringing enough new attention to make a release of Battlefront 3 seem perfectly timed, hopefully LucasArts is going to make good on their promise of raising the quality of Star Wars titles.
Given the industry-wide shift to massively multiplayer game modes since Battlefront 2, it's hard to actually grasp how a third game hasn't been released sooner. The Old Republic showed that an online Star Wars game that allowed them to have compelling third-person combat with their friends is exactly what gamers want, so at this point Battlefront 3 seems inevitable.
Credits provided for the current employees hint that Spark's next game will be seeing a 2012 release, but LucasArts has dashed our hopes too many times to believe that they'll finally get this one right. We'll keep you up to date on any rumors or announcements concerning Star Wars: Battlefront 3 or any other game set in the universe.
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