Former Free Radical Co-Founder Disputes Claims That Free Radical Dropped the Ball on Battlefront III

December 4, 2012 -

Former Free Radical co-founder Steve Ellis issued a statement today trying to set the record straight on some comment he made recently about the failure of Star Wars Battlefront III and the eventual shut down of Free Radical. Last week in an interview with NowGamer, Ellis said that Star Wars: Battlefront III was "99 per cent finished" and blamed outside influences for the game's failures.

But a former LucasArts employee who did not wish to be named tells GameSpot that the failure of Star Wars: Battlefront III was largely due to mismanagement at Free Radical.

"This 99 percent complete stuff is just bullsh*t," the ex-employee responded. "A generous estimate would be 75 percent of a mediocre game."

The ex-employee also claimed the developer took resources away from the first half of Battlefront III’s development to finish Haze, which was released in 2008.

Today Ellis issued a statement to GameSpot in response, saying that Free Radical was "not perfect" and "made mistakes" but continued to assert that" third-parties had a hand in our failure."

He added that the accusation that he tried to cover up his company's part in Battlefront III's failure was "nonsense" or that giving money to the studio for development was like a "ponzi scheme." He concluded by saying that Ubisoft upped his budget when Haze was delayed making it implausible that his studio took money from LucasArts and used it for unrelated projects.

Source: Develop


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Re: Former Free Radical Co-Founder Disputes Claims That Free ...

If they keep volleying back and forth we may be able to piece together some form of the truth in there somewhere.

Re: Former Free Radical Co-Founder Disputes Claims That Free ...

Since Lucas Arts smokes crack I am not surprised that they would the be the ones who dropped the ball.


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Re: Former Free Radical Co-Founder Disputes Claims That Free ...

You'd think that if the game was really 99% complete, we would have seen some evidence of its existence.  

Re: Former Free Radical Co-Founder Disputes Claims That Free ...

You don't know Lucas Enterprises very well, do you?

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