Please finish Star Wars: Battlefront III and release it.
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In 2009, Free Radical were working on the long-awaited third installment of the original Star Wars: Battlefront franchise. Unfortunately, several circumstances that are not entirely clear led to the cancellation of the game and the release of a portable-only title called "Star Wars Battlefront: Elite Squadron". For a time after that, LucasArts appear to have been trying to find a way to make this game but were unable to do so before the LucasFilm acquisition by Disney and the closing of LucasArts.
Over time, more and more about the game has come to light through various different channels. This includes video footage of an early XBox360 version of the game that was clearly just starting to be put onto the console. Many more people have seen the potential in that early version. According to Free Radical employees, the game was actually much further into development than this, almost being completed by the time the plug was pulled on it.
In 2013, Electronic Arts announced "Star Wars Battlefront", a straight up reboot of the franchise. The game proved divisive among an older generation of Star Wars Battlefront fans who were asking for a more 'authentic' Star Wars Battlefront experience. This is not to say the game was bad, but there is still clearly a taste for what came before. The game was to provide not only an online experience but an expansive single player experience which included classic modes such as Instant Action and Galactic Conquest, as well as new modes such as Challenges. And in 2017, "Star Wars Battlefront II" came out. The less said about that game, the better. And this brings me to the point of this petition.
We know that Electronic Arts and Digital Illusions CE have access to everything from the LucasArts archives. This will include the last build of Star Wars: Battlefront III. What we are asking is that you finish this game as one last round for the old Battlefront.
Another idea would be to release this game on the Nintendo Switch, and maybe on PlayStation Vita. This would be an excellent test to gague interest for Star Wars games on Nintendo consoles and on the PS Vita, as there has been no Star Wars game released on a Nintendo console since The Force Unleashed II on Nintendo Wii and Nintendo DS (not counting Disney Infinity), and no Star Wars game on a PlayStation handheld since Elite Squadron. This would have several benefits: if EA is worried that such a release might compete with their mainstay Battlefront series, a hand-held/Switch-exclusive release would dispel those concerns while also providing a ready-made platform to gague interest in further Switch/handheld iterations of Star Wars games. It doesn't even need to bear the title "Star Wars: Battlefront III" - you could easily call it something like "Star Wars Battlefront Legends", indicating the "Legends" nature of the game.
Please consider this: I believe that if this was successfully pulled off, then it would earn the trust of a great many of the people who were bitter over the new game. On top of this, I do believe it would make a lot of money for Electronic Arts, as this would surely sell very well.
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