Creating and publishing a Star Wars game without Disney’s authorization? Frontwire Studios is taking quite some risks with their Galaxy in Turmoil game.
6-6-2016 - by Thijs Kaagman
Once upon a time, in a galaxy not that far away, Free Radical and LucasArts were supposedly working on a new Battlefront game. After the commercial and critical successes of Battlefront and Battlefront II, the hopes for a sequel were really high. But the game never saw the light of day. In fact, neither Free Radical (the developer) nor LucasArts (the publisher) ever acknowledged they were working on the game at all.
They definitely were, though. So a couple of modders and fans known as TheDarkSithLord, ColeT2014, CoolJedy, Corra_Ashu and Dinozavr bonded together to create what was supposed to be Battlefront III. They call themselves Frontwire Studios, the project is called Galaxy in Turmoil and apparently Valve is willing to publish the game on Steam, bypassing the company that currently holds the rights to everything Star Wars-related; Disney. Also, it doesn’t seem Electronic Arts – the current publisher of Battlefront games – has anything to do with Galaxy in Turmoil.
It’s a risky move, but Frontwire Studios is confident everything will work out fine. In a livestream detailing their game last April, the developers indicated they will shut down the project if Disney sends them a cease and desist order. It doesn’t seem like they’re targeted just yet though, even if Frontwire themselves say they would be shocked if Disney didn’t know about them at this point.
So why are we excited for this game? Maybe it’s the fact this game is built from the ground up by fans of the original Battlefront games, making sure it stays true to its source material. Or maybe it’s because it will support mods, providing a steady flow of free new content. Or maybe it’s just because it will be free? Anyway, we’re very curious to see if and how these guys will manage to stay off Disney’s legal radar.