Big Games of 2012: Is Star Wars Battlefront III On the Verge of Being Announced?

Some folks on Twitter seem to think so.

The Star Wars Battlefront series has become a beloved property of the LucasArts digital empire over the past few years, with open battles between both good guys and bad guys, and numerous options for players to hop in on both sides.  Star Wars Battlefront III had been rumored for some time, but with the demise of longtime development team Pandemic Studios, it was put in doubt.  However, some interesting online moves have indicated that another developer could be working on the long-awaited sequel.  Could be, mind you...

A lot of folks through both gaming website and Twitter-related circles seem to indicate that Spark Unlimited is working on development for Battlefront III.  The developer, who previously worked on Call of Duty: Finest Hour and, most recently, the end-of-the-world action game Legendary, had this job listing on its website as of late...

""Spark is pleased to present our current listings for our two main projects.   We are in production on an unannounced high-profile, popular game sequel for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC release.  We have just entered pre-production on a franchise and genre extending game also for the current generation consoles.""

The "unannounced high-profile, popular game sequel" in question, many think, is the long-awaited Battlefront. However, when asked for official comment, Spark commented through their Twitter, "Much like movies, bits and pieces of a game can end up on the proverbial cutting room floor. I can't comment on our plans."  So, not a complete denial, nor a confirmation.  But still, something's up...

Many think that Spark may in fact reveal the game in conjunction with LucasArts sooner rather than later.  And according to another possible rumor, Game Informer could very well have the game's official reveal lined up for its January 2012 issue, which would make sense considering, hey, why not start off the New Year with a much anticipated game announcement?

Now, there are many questions that come into play here.  Can Spark possibly match Pandemic's quality in development?  What new touches will be added to the series this time?  Perhaps speeder bike battles on Endor or outer space encounters?  Will you be able to take part in Galactic Conquest yet again?  And, hey, can Anakin Skywalker really fight against his future self, Darth Vader?

We'll find out soon enough...once the game is official, that is.