Everyone has known for a while that Battlefront III was in development for a long time across multiple developers, but a recent interview with Free Radical revealed that not only was that game finished when Lucasarts cancelled it but its sequel was cancelled as well. At one point, Rebellion was doing Battlefront III but apparently Lucasarts went to Free Radical to make the game but a change of management at the publisher would doom two Battlefront sequels.
Free Radical revealed it all in an interview with GamesIndustry International that chronicled the rise and fall of the developer:
In fact, it was going so well that by the end of 2007 LucasArts asked Free Radical to work on another Battlefront game, according to Ellis. “We were still at that time probably a year out from completing and releasing the first game and they asked us to sign up for the sequel.
But when Jim Ward was ousted at Lucasarts and some people who didn’t know anything about games were brought in, things went South pretty fast:
“The really good relationship that we’d always had suddenly didn’t exists anymore. They brought in new people to replace them and all of a sudden we were failing milestones. That’s not to say there were no problems with the work we were doing because on a project that size inevitably there will be, there’s always going to be grey areas were things can either pass or fail. And all of a sudden we were failing milestones, payments were being delayed and that kind of thing.”
By the time it was over both the completed Battlefront III and its sequel were cancelled. Knowing this side of the story, it may be doubtful that we’ll ever see another Battlefront game.