…will probably never see the light of day unless someone else picks it up or a publisher decides to fund it.
In case you don’t know who they are, Free Radical was an independent developer formed in 1999 by members of the team known for N64 blockbusters GoldenEye and Perfect Dark. They had also seen quite a bit of success with their Timesplitters FPS franchise on the PS2 and later, the Xbox and Gamecube. Although PC players may have absolutely no idea who they might be or the games that they were responsible for in comparison to what Infinity Ward and Epic were able to deliver with their own franchise favorites, Free Radical had a strong following among their fans.
Unfortunately, hard times hit the studio and they were forced to literally shutter their doors after the release, and dismal reception, of their latest shooter, Haze, on the PS3. Most of the staff was let go, although a skeleton crew remained at the company which had gone into administration, similar to Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the United States but with some differences. Free Radical’s amusingly unserious corporate site is still up, although nothing on it has changed since late November of last year.
But the bottom line was that projects that they had been working on were pretty much dead in the water. Timesplitters 4 had been reported as being in development and there was word of a new Star Wars Battlefront on the boiler. Now Kotaku is showing off a leaked video of what is supposed to be Battlefront 3, allegedly taken during an internal meeting with Free Radical during better days, showing off an incredibly detailed environment with what can only be jaw dropping graphics on a big screen television. The quality of the video is pretty awful, but your imagination can fill in the blanks for what could have been something new to look forward to.
Here are a few shots from the video. It looks a lot better in motion, but it might whet your appetite for watching the full five or so minute presentation.