Leaked: Dark Obiwan character art for Battlefront III
- Posted January 16th, 2009 at 10:19 EDT by
- 33 Comments
Earlier today we reported on leaked footage for Battlefront 3, offering readers a glance at what Free Radical had in development before closing it's doors. Further investigation of the footage has revealed what appears to be a surprising plot twist in the game, with Kotaku reporting a Sith, perhaps even a hoodless Palpatine, telling "Kenobi" to "stick to the plan" about four minutes and 55 seconds into the video.
What does it mean? Well, according to leaked concept art that hit our mailboxes this morning, it appears Free Radical had plans for a dark twist on Obiwan Kenobi. An old man, gnarled by the corruption of the dark side, and living in the swamps of Dagobah.
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Also, according to the same tipster, the technology that allows players to fly from ground to orbit will be staying with Free Radical as the game has now moved to new developers.
"It's my understanding that the game's been passed to a new developer, but the tech that allowed you to fly from the ground, to air, to orbit, to space dies with Free Radical's involvement," he said. "The new developer will be making it a cutscene every time you want to transition from ground to space."
Apparently the tech would have allowed players complete freedom in the battlefield.
Interesting ideas, and really a shame that Free Radical had to shut down. Hopefully the new developer will bring some of the same ideas to the storyline and gameplay mechanics. Stay tuned for more information.
- 5:37am EST - January 16th, 2009
Somebody must pick this game up so that we can play it.
- 5:42am EST - January 16th, 2009
That kind of sucks, i thought it was neat that you could fly from the ground into space. Now it seems to only be a cutscene with the new developers?
- 5:47am EST - January 16th, 2009
@ Stoffinator (1): Rebellion have pick it up
- 5:50am EST - January 16th, 2009
Now that is Badass!
- 5:52am EST - January 16th, 2009
suddenly the game sounds terrible because they're going to use a cutscene which you have no control over instead of actually being able to fly into space hopefully it will be too small to notice
- 6:12am EST - January 16th, 2009
TOO AWESOME!! Almost as badAss as Dark Yoda (From the spin off books)
- 6:32am EST - January 16th, 2009
- 6:52am EST - January 16th, 2009
laaaamee, the coolness factor of this game just got cut in half, man free radical are bastards, why not share something if your going to shut down anyways. I was really looking forward to this, now i'm not so sure.
- 7:23am EST - January 16th, 2009
maybe the new devs were the ones that made the decision to put a cutscene there, what would free radical gain from keeping the tech back?
- 7:56am EST - January 16th, 2009
that looks kool
- 8:49am EST - January 16th, 2009
Why can't Free Radical give the technology to this new developer? It sounds amazing, seemless battle, no load screens. If only...
- 8:57am EST - January 16th, 2009
ok that would have been sick.
- 9:02am EST - January 16th, 2009
DARK OBIWAN??? come on this is too much....
- 9:17am EST - January 16th, 2009
stoffinator stole the gist of my name damn him
- 9:18am EST - January 16th, 2009
Major downgrade alert. No longer geeked... Passing it on means complete change from original footage probly. DAMN!
- 9:38am EST - January 16th, 2009
WTF? this game looked sweet with the ground to orbit freedom, now its gonna suck without it. Frack you Free Radical, share that ****
- 9:49am EST - January 16th, 2009
Dark Obi-Wan, feels over the top yeah, but I don't mind when he looks so awesome!
- 12:26pm EST - January 16th, 2009
this looks good first day buy
- 12:31pm EST - January 16th, 2009
I was really excited about the ground to space thing. I don't like the fact that it will be a cut scene. That ruins the game for me.
- 12:52pm EST - January 16th, 2009
That makes NO logical sense within the Star Wars storyline.
Just a marketing ploy.
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