The multiplayer shooter, Star Wars: First Assault, has been rumored in the works at LucasArts for some time. However, the recent buyout of LucasFilm by Disney may have put the downloadable Xbox 360 Lgame on shakey ground according to a report Monday.
Insiders with Kotaku say that Star Wars: First Assault was originally scheduled to be released this spring as an 8 vs 8 multiplayer shooter featuring Rebels and Stormtroopers. Maps reportedly include the cloud city of Bespin and Luke Skywalker's home planet of Tatooine.
The title is intended to be a kind of proof of concept that could possibly lead to Star Wars: Battlefront III if it sells well. The game won't feature vehicles, Jedi or Sith but it is reportedly almost done.
However, Kotaku's source says that First Assault is currently in a holding pattern as everyone at LucasArts waits for the higher-ups at Disney to make a decision. This same fate has also befallen the highly anticipated Star Wars 1313.
Disney appears set on rebooting the Star Wars film franchise with a new trilogy. Additionally, it announced a new TV series today along with the cancellation of the Star Wars: Clone Wars animated series. Following the purchase of the Star Wars franchise from George Lucas last October, Disney CEO Roger Iger had the following to say about game development:
"We're likely to focus more on social and mobile than we are on console. We'll look opportunistically at console, most likely in licensing rather than publishing, but we think that given the nature of these characters and how well known they are, and the storytelling, that they lend themselves quite nicely, as they've already demonstrated to the other platforms."
We noted then that it would be surprising if Disney canceled projects close to completion such as Star Wars 1313. That does seem more likely with each passing day however as Disney and Lucas talk up the films and TV but leave the game franchises unmentioned.