Frontwire Studios, the team behind Battlefront 3 fan remake Galaxy In Turmoil [GAT], have updated fans about the state of their game. The game recently gained a massive amount of traction online, reportedly 30,000 fans, after it was announced that the studio had acquired a distribution deal with Steam. Then fans watched eagerly, waiting to see what Lucasfilm would say about the game’s use of the Star Wars IP. Well it appears we now know what’s going to happen to Galaxy In Turmoil, and it’s not great news. But it could be worse.
The post, written by Frontwire President Tony Romanelli, starts by explaining that back in late June of this year Frontwire received a letter from Lucasfilm requesting that they halt development of Galaxy In Turmoil. This lead to a phone meeting with two “top decision makers at Lucasfilm”. In this meeting it was explained to Romanelli that Lucasfilm would be open to negotiation for use of the Star Wars IP, but they were unable to due to an existing contract with Electronic Arts [EA]. This contract lead to Lucasfilm having to deny Frontwire’s use of the Star Wars IP.
” 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. … 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.”
But this does not mean that GAT is over. Lucasfilm explained to Romanelli that a Battlefront inspired game poses no issue, as long as the Star Wars IP is not used. In the post Romanelli reveals that, despite what some have said, all code and sounds have been created in-house by Frontwire and so are owned by them.
“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.”
Towards the end of the post Romanelli reveals that Frontwire do have plans to crowdfund GIT. But this will happen in the future. Frontwire wish to have a playable demo available before crowdfunding begins. The demo will contain “a single player mission & at least two multiplayer maps with a single gamemode.” Romanelli added “Too often have we seen video game projects crowdfund, make a boat load of cash and then die out leaving the community empty handed. We refuse to be another statistic.”
I personally am glad to see that Galaxy In Turmoil hasn’t ceased development completely. I feel that this game is the Battlefront game that fans truly want and, while not Star Wars related, is as close to an old-school Battlefront as fans will get. Hopefully it comes to more platforms, not just PC. What do you guys think about this news? Would you buy GAT? Let us know in the comments!