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Star Wars: Battlefront 3 coming in 2012?

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Back in December, we reported on a rumor that Spark Unlimited was working Battlefront 3.  At the time, all we had to go by was a job listing on the Spark page and the fact that their Twitter account didn't deny the rumor. 

Recently, we've gotten a bit more evidence suggesting the earlier rumor could be true, and that Battlefront 3 could actually be in development and, better yet, arrive as early as 2012.

If the compilation of job listings and LinkedIn profiles PlayStation Lifestyle has put together, then they may have uncovered one of the biggest secret titles of 2012.

First up, we have a job listing on Spark which adds a little more detail about the game.

Spark is looking for a senior combat designer for a 3rd Person Action/Adventure sequel in a high-profile science fiction franchise currently greenlit for full production development for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC markets.

It may not sound like it at first, but coupled with two very intriguing employee LinkedIn profiles, and we may be on to something here.

First we have John Lawrie, who used to be Senior Software Engineer for Spark Unlimited.  His work for the developer shows:

Unannounced third person sword fighting game (well known IP, Xbox 360, PS3)

Then we have Cesareo Gutierezz's LinkedIn profile which states:

I have been working for three years in a AAA third person shooter using Unreal Engine and Kynapse AI middleware.

As PlayStation Lifestyle puts it, how many third person, science fiction titles involve shooting and swordplay (aside from Halo, which we already know is being worked on).  Sounds a lot like a Battlefront 3 game.

Then again, with every rumor there are doubts.  We can't ignore all the facts as a recent tweet from the developer said, "we are working on a sequel for a well known sci-fi franchise, all aspects must remain secret."

Whichever side you stand on - the hopeful or the pessimist - one thing is sure: we should find out sooner, rather than later. 

According to current Senior Engineer Kelly McCarthy Fitzgerald's LinkedIn, she is currently working on a "new unannounced project" dated for an estimated "2012 release".

As usual, this rumor could be grasping at straws, but I think the hype is enough to make Spark at least entertain the idea of a Battlefront 2 sequel in the case that this game isn't it.  Clearly, the demand for a Battlefront 3 is out there.

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