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.[1] 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,[2] PlayStation Portable,[3] Nintendo DS,[4] second-generation N-Gage,[5] and PlayStation 2.[3] It is expected to be released in summer 2008.[6]


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".[7][8] 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.[9][8]

Development of the Xbox 360 version came first; PlayStation 3 development started when the production team had enough development kits.[7] 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.[7] 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.[7] 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.[10]

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.[11] The Wii version will also feature an exclusive two-player duel mode and five levels not included in the Xbox 360 or PS3 versions.[11][12] The PlayStation Portable version will feature an exclusive "Historic Mode" that allows players to reenact battles and events from the Star Wars films.[13] 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.[14]


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.[7] Vader sends the player across the galaxy to destroy the remaining Jedi.[15] Lucasfilm claims the game will "unveil new revelations about the Star Wars galaxy."[10]


Template:Sect-stub Lego has released a model of the main character's ship, the Rogue Shadow.[16] Sean Williams' novelization of The Force Unleashed will depict the "canon" course of events from the game.[17]


  1. "Overview". Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. LucasArts. Retrieved on 2008-03-08.
  2. "LucasArts to Unleash the Force on the Wii in Spring 2008" (2007-09-18).
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Games by Platform". LucasArts. Retrieved on 2008-03-08.
  4. "Star Wars: The Force Unleashed". GameSpot. Retrieved on 2008-01-28.
  5. "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.
  6. "Star Wars: The Force Unleashed(TM) Intro Trailer". LucasArts. Retrieved on 2008-01-22.
  7. 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. 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.
  9. "Star Wars: The Force Unleashed Webdoc #3". Gamespot (2008-01-25). Retrieved on 2008-02-23.
  10. 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. 11.0 11.1 Ogden, Gavin (2007-09-18). "Star Wars: The Force Unleashed - on Wii". Computer and Video Games.
  12. Hicks, Chris (2008-01-28). "Wii gets exclusive Force Unleashed levels". Computer and Video Games.
  13. Roper, Chris (2008-01-25). "Star Wars: The Force Unleashed Impressions". IGN.
  14. "The Force Unleashed on N-Gage". Nokia (2007-12-04). Retrieved on 2008-03-11.
  15. "Star Wars: The Force Unleashed Official Website". LucasArts. Retrieved on 2008-01-28.
  16. "Rogue Shadow". LEGO Shop. Lego.
  17. "First Look: The Force Unleashed Novel". Lucasfilm (2007-12-06). Retrieved on 2008-03-08.

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