As Twitter starts to become more and more prominent in today’s culture, it’s often fun to watch as the social networking site develops its own news cycle and accompanying rumors. On May 1 earlier this year, Twitter killed off Osama Bin Laden over an hour before President Obama made the official announcement on national television. The same treatment was applied last week to singer Jon Bon Jovi, whom fortunately (according to our conscience, anyways), was very much alive.
Today’s flavor of Twitter rumor was reported by GameInformer and involves the possibility of developer Spark Unlimited working on Star Wars: Battlefront 3. However, while gamers have been pining for a new Star Wars: Battlefront ever since the last one was released in 2005, the force of credibility isn’t strong with this one.
Any reason for suspecting something is twofold. First, a listing appeared in the job section of Spark Unlimited’s website stating, “We are in production on an unannounced high-profile, popular game sequel for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC release.” And then there’s the fact that when asked on Twitter about a possible Star Wars: Battlefront 3 title, according to Gameinformer, Spark is referring those inquiries to Lucas Arts as opposed to denying them.
Of course, if a Battlefront 3 title was ever to enter prodcution, someone new would have to be developing it, as the series’ original developer, Pandemic Studios, closed its doors in 2009. That said, Spark Unlimited’s resume is still rather short, having only devleoped Call of Duty: Finest Hour, Turning Point: Fall of Liberty, and Legendary. Such high-profile involvement with what would be new territory for them would definitely come as a surprise.
In any case, we’re approaching the best time for new game announcements as companies gear up for the next holiday season, so don’t expect this to be the last instance of speculation from Twitter or any other source.
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