Star Wars First Assault Trademarked. Here’s What It Probably Is
LucasArts have trademarked Star Wars First Assault. Speculations are flying around over what it could be but if you recall some information we received a few months ago, we know what it likely is.
Back in September 2011 LucasArts posted a bunch of new job listings all for unannounced games. There were four separate projects listed: an open world RPG, an action adventure game, a first person shooter and an aerial combat game. With that being a year ago I’m making the bet that First Assault is one of those games. Let’s take a look at the options:
An Open World RPG
This would certainly be the most interesting possibility and with Skyrim’s massive success I think the world is ready for an open world Star Wars game. But that said, does First Assault sound like the title of an RPG? Unfortunately no, not really. I’d say it’s not impossible but it is unlikely that it’s going to be the RPG.
An Action Adventure Game
I did a bit of digging and found out that although Star Wars 1313 is reportedly under development at various studios the head of production is working in San Francisco at their HQ which is the same studio which was hiring for these games. Therefore I’m going to call it and say the ‘action adventure game’ is 1313 so that rules it out as a First Assault possibility.
A First Person Shooter
Battlefront 3. There I said it. After Free Radical’s apparently fully finished Battlefront 3 was canned fans have been clamouring for another proper sequel. Could First Assault be it? Maybe, but don’t you think if they were making a Battlefront game they’d just call it Battlefront? That’d certainly make more sense. That doesn’t necessarily mean First Assault isn’t an FPS as it could be a game in the vein of Republic Commando or even the old Jedi Knight series. So a first person shooter seems fairly likely but maybe not quite as likely as our final candidate.
An Aerial Combat Game
First Assault ring a bell? It did for me. Back in my youth I used to play the hell out of the Star Wars flight games like X-Wing but one that’s often forgotten is Rebel Assault. True to it’s name you played a Rebel pilot who did their fair amount of assaulting on Imperial targets. Out of all our options I think First Assault is most likely an aerial combat game. It’s been a damn long time since we’ve seen one so it’d be a welcome return to a genre that’s been almost stone dead for years.
Whether aerial combat, FPS or otherwise I think it’s safe to say First Assault will be a next gen game. Nobody at this stage would bother to make a big budget game and not have it for next gen systems (I still stand by my theory that 1313 is a next gen title too). So what do you think? Or alternatively, what do you want First Assault to be? Give me a shout on Twitter and let me know.