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Galaxy in Turmoil has been forced to drop their Star Wars theme

Galaxy in Turmoil has been forced to drop their Star Wars theme

Galaxy in Turmoil has been cancelled

Galaxy in Turmoil has been forced to drop their Star Wars theme

 

Frontline Studios has announced that Galaxy in Turmoil, the Unreal Engine 4 remake of the original Star Wars Battlefront 3, has been cancelled at the request of Disney and EA.

In a meeting with Lucasfilm, it was stated that they were open to negotiating a licensing deal for the Star Wars IP to Frontwire, but that their existing exclusivity contract with EA prevented them from doing so. It was also stated that EA had no desire to let the project continue, fearing that it would draw the attention of consumers away from the Star Wars Battlefront franchise. 

Below is a quote from Frontwire's press release, explaining the situation. The full press release can be read here. 

 

      On Wednesday June 22, 2016, we received a letter from Lucasfilm requesting that we halt production of Galaxy in Turmoil with any Star Wars related IP at once. Rather than laying down at the first sign of trouble, I requested a meeting with the Lucasfilm executives to discuss our project and to find some common ground to work with. Honestly, I didn’t expect too much negotiation to occur. But much to my surprise, executives at the top of Lucasfilm agreed to meet. A week later, that meeting took place.

I had the pleasure of sitting down via phone and speaking with two of the top decision makers at Lucasfilm. Before I go any further, let it be known that the people I spoke with are really great people and it was a pleasure to be able to speak with them. I only wish we were able to speak and conduct business on different terms.

During our meeting, there was a fair share of both lighthearted and serious moments. LucasFilm informed me that although they would of been open to the idea of negotiating a license for Frontwire to work on the Star Wars IP, that they are not able to due to their contract with Electronic Arts (EA). I was told that Lucasfilm had already spoken with EA about Galaxy in Turmoil and that EA expressed no desire in letting our project continue. Their main concern was due to the possibility of Galaxy in Turmoil taking away attention from their Battlefront franchise. I tried to pitch the idea about putting Galaxy in Turmoil behind EA’s paywall but was told that EA had previously rejected that proposition as well. Due to their exclusive contract with EA, Lucasfilm was contractually obligated to deny our request for the use of the Star Wars IP for Galaxy in Turmoil based on EA’s decision. We tried to reach out to EA directly for more information, but we have so far gotten no response.

  Galaxy in Turmoil has been cancelled  

 

While Frontwire does believe that their Galaxy in Turmoil project falls under fair use law, the developers have no desire to enter a lengthy legal battle with Lucasfilm or EA. Now it has been decided that Galaxy in Turmoil will be moving away from the Star Wars brand and into a new non-Star Wars universe, giving fans the classic Star Wars Battlefront gameplay that they desire without the Star Wars theme. 

 

Going forward, Frontwire Studios will be pivoting away from Star Wars and embarking on a mission to create a new, original game in a never before seen universe. Our game will still have massive 64-player battles, ground-to-space combat, destructible capital ships, and a full single-player campaign. We will also still be releasing Galaxy in Turmoil on Steam as planned and it will remain a free game. No, we will not be adding any micro transactions or pay-to-win content. When Frontwire Studios makes a promise, we keep it. With that being said, we will still create the game you have all wanted and deserved, even if it turns out to not be Star Wars-related.

 

The game will still release on Steam as a free game with a full single player campaign without any microtransactions or pay-to-win content. Hopefully with the continued support of fans and the hard work of Frontwire this game will become a worthy spiritual successor t Star Wars Battlefront. 

 

You can join the discussion on Galaxy in turmoil on the OC3D Forums

 

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03-08-2016, 05:30:29

SuB
lol of course they did, EA won't want someone to make something that's actually a decent battlefront game because it will make them look like idiots, especially if it's a small studio like this.Quote
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