Star Wars: The Force Unleashed is a 2008 multimedia project developed and published by LucasArts along with Dark Horse Comics, Lego, Hasbro, and Del Rey Books. It consists of a video game, a tie-in novel, action figures, a comic book, a reference book and a role-playing game supplement. The game will be available on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, PlayStation Portable, Nintendo DS, second-generation N-Gage, and PlayStation 2. It is expected to be released in summer 2008.
The 20 to 25 early concepts included making the game the third entry in the Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic series, or to have the character play as a Wookiee "superhero," Darth Maul, a bounty hunter, a smuggler, or "the last Skywalker". In April 2005, after "several months" of planning, the LucasArts team received Star Wars creator George Lucas' encouragement to develop a game centered on Darth Vader's secret apprentice.
Development of the Xbox 360 version came first; PlayStation 3 development started when the production team had enough development kits. The game is based around LucasArts' proprietary "Ronin" engine but also integrates third-party technology: Havok for rigid body physics, Pixelux Entertainment's "Digital Molecular Matter" for dynamically destructible objects, and NaturalMotion's Euphoria for character animation and artificial intelligence. To give the game a more cinematic presentation, developers used face- and motion-capture equipment during stage actors' voice and physical performances of their lines, and the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra recorded a two-hour soundtrack. The Force Unleashed is the first game on which LucasArts and Industrial Light and Magic have worked since they both relocated to the Letterman Digital Arts Center.
The Wii version will use the Wii Remote to simulate the ability to wield a lightsaber, while the Nunchuk attachment will simulate Force power use. The Wii version will also feature an exclusive two-player duel mode and five levels not included in the Xbox 360 or PS3 versions. The PlayStation Portable version will feature an exclusive "Historic Mode" that allows players to reenact battles and events from the Star Wars films. The N-Gage version will use a "CellWeaver" gesture system: each enemy will have a symbol above its head that corresponds to a "gesture" -- i.e. a button combination -- that will result in the player's character using a Force power to attack the enemy.
The player will control Darth Vader's secret apprentice (voiced by Sam Witwer) in the time period between Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. Vader sends the player across the galaxy to destroy the remaining Jedi. Lucasfilm claims the game will "unveil new revelations about the Star Wars galaxy."
Template:Sect-stub Lego has released a model of the main character's ship, the Rogue Shadow. Sean Williams' novelization of The Force Unleashed will depict the "canon" course of events from the game.
- ↑ "Overview". Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. LucasArts. Retrieved on 2008-03-08.
- ↑ "LucasArts to Unleash the Force on the Wii in Spring 2008" (2007-09-18).
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 "Games by Platform". LucasArts. Retrieved on 2008-03-08.
- ↑ "Star Wars: The Force Unleashed". GameSpot. Retrieved on 2008-01-28.
- ↑ "THQ Wireless, Lucasfilm Ltd., and LucasArts to bring Star Wars: The Force Unleashed(TM) to N-Gage". Nokia (2007-12-03). Retrieved on 2007-12-04.
- ↑ "Star Wars: The Force Unleashed(TM) Intro Trailer". LucasArts. Retrieved on 2008-01-22.
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 "GDC '08: LucasArts prioritizing PS3 dev, unleashing Force". Gamespot (2008-02-22). Retrieved on 2008-02-23.
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 Blackman, W. Haden (2007-03-22). "The Force Unleashed: From Concept to Console". Star Wars: Gaming. Lucasfilm. Retrieved on 2008-03-09.
- ↑ "Star Wars: The Force Unleashed Webdoc #3". Gamespot (2008-01-25). Retrieved on 2008-02-23.
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 "Star Wars: The Force Unleashed Continues the Star Wars Adventure". Star Wars: Gaming. Lucasfilm (2007-02-14). Retrieved on 2008-03-08.
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 Ogden, Gavin (2007-09-18). "Star Wars: The Force Unleashed - on Wii". Computer and Video Games.
- ↑ Hicks, Chris (2008-01-28). "Wii gets exclusive Force Unleashed levels". Computer and Video Games.
- ↑ Roper, Chris (2008-01-25). "Star Wars: The Force Unleashed Impressions". IGN.
- ↑ "The Force Unleashed on N-Gage". Nokia (2007-12-04). Retrieved on 2008-03-11.
- ↑ "Star Wars: The Force Unleashed Official Website". LucasArts. Retrieved on 2008-01-28.
- ↑ "Rogue Shadow". LEGO Shop. Lego.
- ↑ "First Look: The Force Unleashed Novel". Lucasfilm (2007-12-06). Retrieved on 2008-03-08.
- Official Website
- The Force Unleashed on Wookieepedia, an external wiki
- NaturalMotion euphoria
- Pixelux Entertainment
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