Potential information surrounding a sequel to Star Wars Republic Commando hits Reddit thanks to someone who is involved with the marketing campaign for the 2017 game.
Fans have known for a while that EA had two Star Wars related projects under development after working with Disney to acquire the video game license. One of those projects turned out to be the popular shooter, Star Wars Battlefront, and up until now, EA and the team at Visceral Games have been completely silent as to what the other game would be. Outside of the fact that former Naughty Dog employee, Amy Hennig, is heading up a team that is now supported by Jade Raymond and her Motive Studio, details have been relatively scarce. Thanks to Reddit, fans may finally have a clue as to what EA is planning for the future of Star Wars.
According to Reddit user Alpha_cuke, EA is planning to reveal Star Wars: Imperial Commando later this year during their newly renovated E3 press conference. The game is a sequel of sorts to the fan favorite squad shooter, Star Wars: Republic Commando, and will be four player co-op focused. According to the rumor, the game will be running on the Frostbite 4 engine and is intended to be story driven thanks to a 20+ hour campaign. Familiar characters from the original Republic Commando such as clone trooper RC-1138 will also be making a return as well.
Interestingly enough, Alpha_cuke also goes on to confirm that this isn't the secretive Visceral Games Star Wars title, which is expected to release later this year. According to him, Imperial Commando is scheduled for a late 2017 release, which would mean a completely different development team would have to be working on this considering Visceral is busy supporting Battlefield Hardline and working on the next Star Wars game while DICE is busy with Mirrors Edge: Catalyst and DLC support of Battlefront.
For what it's worth, this leaked information was obtained thanks to the Reddit user being apart of the team working on an ARG campaign and has seen the work in progress gameplay. A couple of screenshots for the soon to be released website were also shared where users will be able to log in and view a countdown scheduled to end on June 15, 2016, the supposed reveal date which is expected at E3. Oddly enough, June 15 is a Wednesday this year, while EA typically holds their events on a Monday.
Obviously, until this is verified by EA, fans should take all of this information with a grain of salt, even though much of it does seem legit. It goes without saying that fans have been fooled before by very elaborately crafted hoaxes.
What do you make of this rumor? Is this a game you'd like to see made or are you hoping for something else completely? Sound off in the comments below!