Galaxy in Turmoil, the fan made remake of what would have been Battlefront III (had Electronic Arts not cancelled the project) might at one time seemed like a long shot to see the light of day, but now the odds may have tipped in its favor. That's because Valve has agreed to host the freebie release on its wildly popular Steam distribution platform.
This is a major development that has the game's developer Frontwire Studios super excited, though the Russian outfit never stressed too much over the possibility that Disney might close the project down. It only had "mild concerns" on occasion, and now that Valve has agreed to ship the title, it's confident the title will reach the finish line and release to the public.
"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," Tony 'Fergie' Romanelli, President of Frontwire Studios, said in statement.
Battlefront III was to be the third title in the series developed Free Radical Designs, though it was never officially announced. However, it's existence was never a well kept secret—there were leaked screenshots and gameplay footage, along with what was purported to be a build of the title playable on the Xbox 360. Much to the chagrin of fans anticipating the title, it was ultimately scrapped.
Frontwire's been remaking the cancelled project using the Unreal 4 engine. It will feature 32v32 player maps with battles taking place on the ground, in the air, and in space. There will also be an "all new never before seen competitive mode."
That all assumes Disney doesn't serve up a dreaded cease and desist order. Frontwire Studios has so far not received one, and it's certainly interesting that Valve has agreed to publish the title, albeit for free. Nevertheless, it's clearly using IP owned by Disney, which might also take exception to Galaxy in Turmoil potentially luring players away from Dice's Battlefield released in November of last year.