While Electronic Arts managed to sell a whole lot of units when it released Star Wars Battlefront last year, it wasn’t a sequel to the original series a fact which disappointed some. Now though, it seems that Russia based Frontwire Studios is making a project called Galaxy in Turmoil which is being billed as a remake of the never released Star Wars Battlefront III.
The original Battlefront was developed by Free Radical and they managed to release two before closing and becoming Crytek UK for a time. The third entry in the franchise was closing in on completion when the changes occurred even though LucasArts refused to confirm it even existed. That mysterious third version which Frontwire Studios are attempting to recreate and release on Steam.
The move to develop Galaxy in Turmoil would likely seem to be a quick way to get into Dinsey lawyers cross hairs, although the plan to release the game free on Steam may allow them some give in getting the game out there. This is obviously the thinking of Valve themselves as they have agreed to distribute the game through Steam on its completion.
In an announcement on the Frontwire Studios website, president Tony Romanelli commented
It is with great pleasure that as of today I am able to officially announce that Frontwire Studios has officially signed a distribution deal with Steam/Valve for the game Galaxy in Turmoil. After ongoing discussion between Valve Representatives and myself, Valve/Steam has agreed to ship Galaxy in Turmoil to it’s millions of users for FREE.
While this is undoubtedly a big step and accomplishment for Frontwire Studios itself, it’s an even bigger step for you, the community. By Steam agreeing to ship Galaxy in Turmoil we are not only adding more validation and awareness to the project by opening up the game to a whole new audience, we’re also cementing Frontwire Studios’ reputation as an up and coming developer with the opportunity to now publish our games on Steam in the future. This will help us ultimately achieve our goal of making the games that you, the community want.
As for the legal concerns, Romanelli also shared those fears but as Valve took the step to distribute the game, he hopes that those fears go unfounded and that the community will share Valve’s confidence:
On a final note; People have been expressed their concern as of late, saying they expect us to get a Cease & Desist from Disney. I’ll be honest – I’ve had mild concerns myself from time to time. However Valve clearly lacks that same concern. By agreeing to publish Galaxy in Turmoil, Valve is assisting us in growing and ensuring the longevity of the Galaxy in Turmoil project and community as a whole.
I encourage everyone, including those that doubt we’ll be able to pull this off, to take a page from Valve’s book. Take a deep breath and just take a chance on our project. In the end, it’ll pay off for everyone involved. Especially the community.