Star Wars 'allies' with Ubisoft

French publisher announces all-new titles, Star Wars: Lethal Alliance, for Nintendo DS and Sony PSP; deal is part of company's long-term deal with license-holder LucasArts.

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With all the hoopla surrounding the flurry of new games in the Star Trek franchise, fans of another sci-fi series, Star Wars, may have felt left out. Publisher Ubisoft is attempting to allay those concerns, however, with the release of Star Wars: Lethal Alliance, a Sony PSP and Nintendo DS game set for release in December.

Although Lethal Alliance will appear on the DS and the PSP at the same time, the two versions weren't made by the same developer: Ubisoft's Montreal division handled the PSP game, while the publisher's Casablanca studio produced the DS version. Each game will be tailored to take advantage of its host system, but Ubisoft didn't say how.

Lethal Alliance weaves a tale around the Imperial-fighting escapades of Twi'lek Rianna Saren, a skilled Rebel Alliance fighter and acrobat, and her security droid, Zeeo, a defensive specialist. In relation to the franchise's saga, the game fits between the last prequel to appear in theaters--2005's Episode III: Revenge of the Sith--and the first movie of the original trilogy, 1977's Episode IV: A New Hope.

Ubisoft said Lethal Alliance players must take advantage of each character's unique strengths to progress--the ultimate goal being the theft of the Death Star's blueprints. There is no word yet, however, on how many Bothan spies must die for players to accomplish the mission. Rianna and Zeeo will travel to a variety of locations in that galaxy far, far away, including the Death Star itself, the Skywalker home base Tatooine, and Alderaan, before its Death Star destruction in A New Hope. Lethal Alliance will include a multiplayer mode, but Ubisoft declined to announce its details.

Notable Star Wars characters making an appearance in Lethal Alliance include Darth Vader, Boba Fett, Princess Leia, and Kyle Katarn--the gruff mercenary whose game roots extend back to the Dark Forces and Jedi Knight first-person shooters on the PC.

For more on Star Wars: Lethal Alliance, check out GameSpot's question-and-answer session with Ubisoft Montreal senior producer Bertrand Helias.

Discussion

66 comments
thesuperbean
thesuperbean

Jedi Power Battles ROCKED! If they could make a new version for modern consoles, and an updated version of the old one for handhelds. It could be Tekken for Star Wars!

faridmon
faridmon

never liked star wars, the last starwars game i played was the one on Gamecube, and that was awsome, others were meh, i really never liked Kotor either, sorry.... but Ubi is awsome, and to those who said Ubi has no good games on hanheldt, Lost Magic for the DS was awsome.

_Sam_
_Sam_

I don't have a ds or a psp :(

gonzalezj1
gonzalezj1

"There is no word yet, however, on how many Bothan spies must die for players to accomplish the mission." Very clever, Mr. Caldwell. A reference well-appreciated.

rokkuman09
rokkuman09

Hurray for the geeks!!!!! IM A GEEKK!!!!!!

synapticflow
synapticflow

This sounds like it could be pretty cool. Count me in for a purchase! The plot actually sounds pretty decent to. Now... which to buy? DS or PSP version?

mikekare79
mikekare79

I knew I bought a PSP for a reason!

Spectre-123
Spectre-123

Finally a SW gome for PSP!! I was dissapointed after the cancellation of Ep3 for it, but now this looks better!

JivexDragon
JivexDragon

I still lov Jedi Power Battles from back in the day! :-D

DS_fan_atic
DS_fan_atic

wow, awesome star wars and star trek games on my DS, now we're in business!

JLCrogue
JLCrogue

I thought only Lucasarts could publish Star Wars games...? :question:

iliyun
iliyun

Ubisoft+Starwars = one hella of a awesome ride for us StarWars Fans !!!!!!

gautam3
gautam3

very, very exciting. can't wait to preorder this one

Jypson44
Jypson44

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axia_777
axia_777

I see many great Star Wars games coming for all systems. Imagine a great Star Wars game by Ubi on 360 and PS3. Imagine one for Wii. I see a Jedi fighting game all light Sabers and force powers for Wii. That will ROCK!!! If they did it right it just might be the best Star Wars game of all time.

ivan_the_one
ivan_the_one

ubisoft and star wars? = awsomeness......

darkmario123
darkmario123

Where is my Wii lightsaber game? please make it Lucasarts.

Lord_Regnier
Lord_Regnier

YAY! more Star Wars games and this one looks amazing!

digitalheadbutt
digitalheadbutt

I would do a freakin dance if they would make the Super Star Wars Series from SNES available again, either as a DS or WII game. Super Empire Strikes Back is still among the best *&^%ing side scrolling action games ever made. Perfect for a hand held compelation in my opinon. There aren't enough good games for the PSP. so hopefully this will be good and add something worth playing to the PSP library besides Lumines and a whole bunch or PS2 ports/rehashes.

Heathcliff
Heathcliff

Nice. Hopefully the DS version will be 3D. I don't want another sidescroller like the episode III game.

Formula_50
Formula_50

That great news. I hope that they revive the Republic Commando franchise. Tactical shooters are Ubisoft's fort'e.

juanfraino
juanfraino

neat :D guess ill have to track it.

i_love_my_ds
i_love_my_ds

if the montreal studio would be making the ds version, I'd almost definitely buy it

BiscoNaut
BiscoNaut

Light Saber Duel game for the Wii, please. k, thanks.

spthomas
spthomas

Who else is tired of the PUN'ish news titles?

DarkJedi8_basic
DarkJedi8_basic

Kyle Katarn did not steal the plans for the death star. He stole the plans for the Dark Trooper Project. Nor did the Twi'lek's. Bothan Spies stole the palns for the Second Death Star. So who did it? Princess Leia's network of spies for the rebel alliance.

Vistaer
Vistaer

Damnit Lucasarts just give me KotOR III :(

frankeyser
frankeyser

i am pretty sure dark forces is after the original trilogy. (WTF? Unlike Star Trek, Star Wars games are considered part of Star Wars canon. It was clearly shown in Dark Forces that Kyle Katarn was the one to swipe the Death Star plans from that Imp installation. What's goin' on?)

honk_sm
honk_sm

Jimbo9981, You're right, however they don't say that Kyle Katarn doesn't steal them, only that the ultimate goal is the theft of the blueprints. These characters may be only a part of the plan, while Kyle is still the one to steal them.

Jimbo9981
Jimbo9981

WTF? Unlike Star Trek, Star Wars games are considered part of Star Wars canon. It was clearly shown in Dark Forces that Kyle Katarn was the one to swipe the Death Star plans from that Imp installation. What's goin' on?

gameloverx
gameloverx

oh yeah another star wars game for the DS. Oh yeah!!!!

EnigmaNemesis
EnigmaNemesis

This is really cool. Ubisoft has been on a great track record with games.

Konfusion
Konfusion

Now, you KNOW Star Wars Wii will be good. :)

sushi_111
sushi_111

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sk8er11115
sk8er11115

i hope they come out with new jedi knight games. cause well acedemy just sucked =[

sniperwolf199
sniperwolf199

While as far as I know Ubisoft hasn't made any big games for Ds/Psp Its a rather well built company who I trust to make quality games, hopefully they will continue to do so starting with this game.

jaredgood1
jaredgood1

The only SW game I would even consider at the moment would be a game based on the multiplayer mode of DS Episode 3. That was a serious kick in the pants.

REVENGEotSITH
REVENGEotSITH

It was I who allowed the Rebels to learn the location of the shield generator.

mnienkerk
mnienkerk

TATOOINE? why does every star wars game have to go there... i thought it was supposed to be a remote planet that was outside the empire that not many knew about... yet ever game manages to go there.

patjuan
patjuan

Ubi has not been very successful in the portable games market. Their games have mostly been misses. I kind of skeptical about these games. Hopefully Ubi can prove me wrong.

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

star wars games on the portable arnt always that great

Pablo620
Pablo620

Ill take my Star Wars on next gen PS3, remember that physics demonstration released a few weeks ago. That game is gonna rock

ftjx
ftjx

disappointed... thought this would be about a Wii starwars title with all the Wii titles on the way from Ubisoft. Wiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii......

pantweasel
pantweasel

Did they forget that Kyle Katarn was the one who stole the Death Star blueprints in Dark Forces? Cuz that's what happened.

akodikosako
akodikosako

I hope it has first person shooter parts like Metroid, vehicle levels like Mario Kart and platforming parts like Super Mario 64 for the DS, that would be great. As for the PSP version, maybe the same without any implication for touch screen uses and better graphics.