Leaked Footage Of Star Wars' Newest Take On Battlefield And Call Of Duty [UPDATE]

Over the past few days, I've been talking to multiple sources about Star Wars: First Assault, the troubled multiplayer shooter that could be LucasArts's downloadable take on Battlefield and Call of Duty.

Today, Kotaku can reveal gameplay footage from the Star Wars shooter, which has not been announced and may never actually make it out of the studio, even though it's almost finished.

Star Wars: First Assault was meant to be a "predecessor" to Battlefront III, we learned this week. LucasArts planned to release it this spring as a downloadable game, but Disney's acquisition of the company put all games on freeze as executives try to figure out what to do with the Star Wars property.

We've got two clips of First Assault, both cut from a trailer that was designed for internal use at LucasArts back in October/November. This is footage from an older version of the game, and may not be a perfect reflection of what First Assault looks like today, but given that LucasArts won't talk about the game, this is all we've got.

"The trailer contains all in-game footage, including known bugs and incomplete art," said a source. "In the time since it was made, many improvements have been made in performance, completeness, and quality."

The first clip is the pre-rendered intro to the trailer. It gives you a look through the eyes of a Stormtrooper putting on his helmet:

UPDATE: Following a takedown request sent from Lucasfilm's legal department to our parent company, Gawker Media, we have removed both videos. Lucasfilm claims copyright on them and has also been pulling down versions of these clips that were ripped onto other sites on the Internet. We can assume that the next time you'll see the game—if you see it again—will be when Lucasfilm wants you to.

The second clip contains gameplay footage from Star Wars: First Assault. In this clip, you can see stormtroopers and rebels battling across various Star Wars locales, like the desert planet Tatooine. It's very reminiscent of multiplayer mode in a first-person shooter like Call of Duty or Battlefield or Lucas's own Star Wars: Battlefront.

The video shows action in both first-person and third-person. We don't know if that's a third-person mode or just clips from a replay (or footage designed specifically for this trailer). You can also see some of the game's guns, attacks, and special abilities:

It's still unclear exactly what will wind up happening with Star Wars: First Assault in the coming weeks and months. We'll continue to dig around and update you as we hear more about the new Star Wars shooter and the troubled state of LucasArts today.


    Yeah, even though I'm not a big shooter fan, this got me kind of excited :)

    Looks cool and if it meant it would increase the chances of a battlefront 3, I would download it on ten separate accounts in the hope it would see the light of day on a ps4/xbox720 and pc!

    A take on Battlefield? As a part of the Battlefront series?

    I would never believe it! Especially so since the first battlefront was a skinned battlefield.. AND BY THUNDER IT WAS EXCELLENT!

    First person view = yes please
    Third person view = no thanks

      In SWBF1 & 2, you could toggle it to be first or third person. More games should let you choose that (although first person was the way to go in this case, of course).

      i like 3rd person view for the ability to use cover makes for a more tactical game and less twitch based gaming. if they could somehow make use of a cover based system in first person tho i would love it

        Deus Ex HR handles first person cover perfectly by popping out to a third person view

    Very nice, very nice indeed!

    I don't understand why they wouldn't release it. This will print money.

    I look at this and think to myself...

    Why hasn't Dark Forces been HD ified and put up on XBLA?

      Oh hell yes this needs to be done ASAP!

    I know it's early game play footage but the graphics still do not compare to what is available today and hopefully the game engine allows for updates without ripping the core to bits.

      did you see they troopers legs dissapear in the first few seconds when he jumped over the cover

        Yeah, I saw that but it's still very early game play footage. The footage shows out dated graphics so lucky it's early footage and hopefully it's improved a lot since that was taken.

          Isn't it using Unreal Engine 3? Although it's a few years old now, there are still titles being developed on it so I don't think it'll be thaaaaat bad.

    yeah you gotta watchout for those torso troopers i heard they can actually shoot straight

    Looks a lot like Halo to me.

    Not sure if that's a good or bad thing yet.

    Woah, that Stormtrooper helmet video gave me chills. I know historically they have been viewed as a bit of a comical enemy that isn't much of a threat (the Stormtrooper Effect, etc) and are usually just blaster/lightsaber fodder, but I would love to see a high quality Imperial-era first person shooter where you step into their shoes, and they are taken a little bit more seriously. I don't know if this is that game, but nonetheless it would be nice if it sees the light of day.

    I just want a good Star Wars themed shooter...! PLEASE!!!

    Seriously, look at the Star Wars mod for COD4, it looks awesome!


    'troubled' ? if it's financial why not just put it on kickstarter for 20 minutes?

    Everyone needs to hit Disney and Lucasarts on the twitters or something and demand this gets released, it's apparently finished - let us play it!!!

    so this was all viral marketing by Lucasarts, trying to save their own asses =[

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