Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II due Oct. 26

LucasArts confirms fall launch date for the follow-up to its 7-million-unit hit; online retailers list the game as coming to PS3, PSP, 360, DS, and Wii.

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In September 2008, the original Star Wars: The Force Unleashed launched to lukewarm reviews. However, the game's so-so critical reception did not impact its commercial success, as the game went on to sell more than 7 million units worldwide.

Galen "Starkiller" Marek will be back in The Force Unleashed II.

In December, LucasArts revealed that The Force Unleashed II would ship in 2010. Today via Facebook, the publisher locked down the game's launch date of October 26. Though no platforms have been officially announced, online retailers list the internally developed title as coming to the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PSP, DS, and Wii.

[WARNING! SPOILERS AHEAD!]

Few plot details are known about the game other than those gleaned from its teaser trailer, which features the voices of both the malevolent Sith Lord Darth Vader and the benevolent Jedi Master Yoda. (The game's official Web site also shows Yoda's hut on the swamp world of Dagobah.)

The trailer also confirms that The Force Unleashed II will have players once again don the cowl of Vader's secret apprentice, Galen "Starkiller" Marek. The canon ending of the original Force Unleashed, listed on the official Star Wars site, has Marek turning sides and sacrificing himself to save the Rebel Alliance leadership.

However, it appears that Marek is very much alive, as he appears front and center in the sequel's teaser trailer. In it, the former Sith appears to have become a Jedi, as he wields their distinctive blue lightsabers to slay a towering, Rancor-eating monster. However, Marek also uses Force Lightning--a power favored by the Galactic Emperor, a Sith lord--to help fell the massive beast.

Discussion

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shadowfan4life
shadowfan4life

I don't know exactly how I feel about this sequel... for the wii that is. The Wii version is... okay I suppose, but it was repetitive gameplay. Very repetitive, get off the ship, get through all the baddies and then at the end of the level, beat the jedi/sith/bounty hunter/ w/e. I will admit adding multi-player was interesting. The thing that ticked me off was that you couldn't visit past planets, just have to keep on rolling. "Ooops, I missed something." "Yeeaaah... sorry, you'll have to play through the entire game again..." "But... what if I forget?" "Yeeeeaaah... we're not obligated to remind you..." I might be asking for too much, but please do better with the Wii version.

bSITE
bSITE

Cant wait for this game, the original was great!!

sonsofliberty84
sonsofliberty84

I'm not sure where my post went but it basically answered the one question that everyone has been asking, how is Starkiller still alive. Last month in Gamepro they interviewed some of the staff working on the game, and they broke down what the first third of the story for the game is. Vader is trying to clone Starkiller, because he wasn't very obedient. He's basically trying to do what the Kaminoans did with Jango Fett. Kota comes into the game and tells Starkiller that there is no possible way clone a Jedi. This makes the player think they are playing the real Starkiller. That is as much as they would reveal storywise in the interview. If anyone has read any of the books after Episode VI you will know that the Emperor cloned himself successfully and Luke destroyed the lab where they were being grown. Also if you watch the end of the video, Vader leaves a room with about 12 more clones that haven't been used yet.

Bumblebee1138
Bumblebee1138

I'm really hoping this game would come to PC.

Ebob33
Ebob33

@Timmy_Gwar I also miss the multi player on Jedi Accademy mabye they'll bring it back. Battlefront 3 that would be AWSOME!!. Cant wait for this game!!!!

Klokateer
Klokateer

I can't wait to play this game, however I think I will wait a bit before getting it in case they release an Ultimate Jedi Edition or something like that. When the first game came out, I got it for PS2, then after I got a PS3, I got the Ultimate Sith Edition. Strange to say but the PS2 version doesn't fall that far behind the PS3 version to me. There were actually story elements and moves (using the force to control auto-guns, force choke, maelstrom, etc.) that I wish they'd had in the PS3 version. Oh, well guess it gives me reason to play that version occasionally. Only complaint about PS3 version would be the glitches and that they should've had another DLC level after Hoth so we could see Darth Starkiller's new apprentice in action.

Timmy_Gwar
Timmy_Gwar

You know what I miss? The multiplayer from Jedi Knight: Jedi Accademy. Class based team death match where everyone could choose thier lightsaber configuration and colour then duke it out with bounty hunters, droids and other jedi. On that note do you know what else I miss? Battlefront. If Lucasfarts (you know you like that pun) was smart or if they read any posts like this they would tack on some multiplayer using the knowledge they already have. Or take on the development for the ever migrating Battlefront 3, I could deal with either.

Timmy_Gwar
Timmy_Gwar

@boomni2 Nuff said. I vote that you post the exact same thing on every message board on the site.

boomni2
boomni2

I am very excited that this sequel is coming out. I'm sure 7 million other people are also excited. Just because you don't like a game, it doesn't make the game crap. And millions of others are wrong. Just play another game and move on. Why get so bent out of shape. Sure it had it's flaws. What game doesn't? I'm a Final Fantasy nut. But I can't stomach Final Fantasy XIII. I don't like the combat. But I won't crap on the game. It's just not for me. Just be happy with what you like and don't poop on everyone else joy.

spazz212
spazz212

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Fallen-Silver
Fallen-Silver

wat's this ?Gladiatator 2 fighting in Star Space Colessium ???

darkdemonlord69
darkdemonlord69

@ dj_pulserfan The point I was attempting to make with how many copies it sold. Was the fact that just because "one person". A reviewer disliked it and gave it a bad review. Doesn't mean it was bad for everyone. So putting down someone for liking the game. And looking forward to the next installment, is just plain childish. Basically if you dislike the game that is in your right. Don't put down others that enjoyed it, because you disliked it. Which was why I pointed out to the person who was doing this. It was out of line. Everyone is entitled to their thoughts on a subject. At least have the decency to respect someone else. Don't go out of your way, like burnout_toreach did. And to who I was originally speaking to. Go back and read the whole board at the time I posted. And you will see what I was speaking about. Page 3 of this.

TeenGamer92
TeenGamer92

Absolutely loved the last one, and at least this time I won't have to get it for the PSP! The graphics look 10 times better than the previous! I really wonder how Galen survived though...

joshsmith16
joshsmith16

I hope they actually make the lightsaber physics behave like an actual lightsaber, instead of a nightstick. It felt more like I was beating stormtroopers to death with an oversized glowstick, than killing them with a lightsaber.

Shadow_Fire41
Shadow_Fire41

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Shadow_Fire41
Shadow_Fire41

only problems i had with the original were that it was too short and had no multiplayer of any sort once you finished the campaign.

Ryderych
Ryderych

If they don't fix the damn camera, forget about it. Otherwise, great news.

freema
freema

The Wii version will suck so much it's not even funny.

Jordon_k
Jordon_k

this game sounds gd hope u get a other play vader chance as well lol

DamnedApples
DamnedApples

I hope they LEARNED from the flaws of the first game before developing this. The first was fun, but frustrating. I think that if they blended the pros of Jedi Academy with the Pros of Force Unleashed then they might have a golden game on their hands--i.e. neat physics and absurd force powers with good multiplayer, more customization, and better saber physics...but who knows? @zakkess I came across a rather disheartening (though not dismal) rumor that BF3 may have been scrapped and replaced with a new project, described as an "online only" BF-style game. So I guess we'll have to see.

zakkess
zakkess

they would sell more if they actually released battlefront 3!

joshsmith16
joshsmith16

I heard the Galen in TFU 2 is a clone named Gaalen Maarek. Might be a reference to the Thrawn trilogy.

Dan21278
Dan21278

Cool but I don't wanna have to PAY for EXTRA Characters!!!

01-cannon-mpc
01-cannon-mpc

Sins this takes place after Starkiller took the good path in the story.

01-cannon-mpc
01-cannon-mpc

I still dont get how he is alive sins he died in the first game?! =S

darkPSPfan
darkPSPfan

part of my future collection for sure

AnelZukic
AnelZukic

The first one wasn't so bad, I just hope this one keeps the same level of quality or even better, it get's better :)

Lightsyde
Lightsyde

And I shall most definitely be acquiring anything "Force Unleashed" after my pleasurable experience with the last one.

Ld50ofMilk
Ld50ofMilk

Oh no! Force Unleashed 2 seduct me to buy a new colsole once again. And what's more dissapointing - now it wont release on PS2, 'cos it's the only console that i have (except PC, of course) ;(

TLM16
TLM16

I'm fully expecting another mediocre, typically flawed game from Lucasarts. They always seem to balls it up one way or another. I'll wait til I've seen reviews before spending money on it. I'm more excited about the sequel to Arkham Asylum.

blue_francis14
blue_francis14

For some reason, I enjoyed the PSP version than the PS3. I think because of the added levels for the PSP and well, the physics engine used in the PS3 version to make stuff move realistically did not impress me.

Icehearted
Icehearted

I was really torn on the last one. It was pretty good in spots, pretty average in other spots. I really thought they did a great job on casting it, the likenesses on some of them were uncanny. maybe more time on level design and opening things up a bit would have made things better. Also, I'm wondering if they won't double dip on this like the last one, leaving early adopters out in the cold on extras unless they buy the game twice. I use gamefly, so for me it wasn't an issue, but for everyone else I can understand why they were sore about it. Either way, looking forward to more Jedi action.

Frimmel
Frimmel

Fix the camera, improve the combat, and make it clearer where you can and can not go in the environments and I'll sign on for the sequel. And no segments where you try to pull Star Destroyers out of the sky.

With that said how about a story in this style that isn't trying to be shoehorned into the canon?

vicsrealms
vicsrealms

Might be interesting if they don't make another bad port of the PC version. As for lore, George has been playing with the lore way too much. I noticed that in the second season of the Clone Wars series and Karen Travis's Republic Commando series. George changed the Mando's to being more peaceful then everything I have read about them, and Karen Travis's novels seemed more accurate. In fact Travis has stopped writing the series because of the difference in lore between her series and the Clone Wars. I'm not surprised Lucas Arts is doing the same thing. Looks like Star Wars is going south on us.

GodGundamNT1
GodGundamNT1

"However, Marek also uses Force Lightning--a power favored by the Galactic Emperor, a Sith lord--to help fell the massive beast. " see thats part of the reason the first TFU game sucked, in Star Wars it is established and George Lucas reinforces the fact that "force lightning aka Sith Lightining" is an EVIL use of the force and Jedi just DO NOT use such a destructive power because it is destructive and kills life force (pun intended) TFU was a rushed and poorly developed video game effort that shipped with many bugs, the Ultimate Sith Edition SHOULD have shipped as a game fixed from most bugs and should have had more features built into it but this game developer does not care about the gamer and knows that people will just blindly buy it without pointing out the flaws. Star Wars in the USA and at least world wide should be considered the premier videogame-movie franchise, I won't hold my breath for TFU 2 to actually be a competent SW game but if 7 million copies of the game sold that means there is no excuse for the game developers to be giving us more shovelware. Thank George Lucas that he denied them their initial wishes of making a Darth Maul game or even a Wookie game. but true canon Star Wars this game story is not specially when the dark side of the force is being treated as so easy to turn away from unlike the movies.

Dynamo11
Dynamo11

The first was epic, let's hope they make it more "Prince of Persia-ry" ie: Sidequests, unlockable characters/weapons and customizable outfits.

ekultus
ekultus

7 million units? Wow, I swear I have only read bad reviews about this game, but maybe that's just he PC version.

feroxy1234
feroxy1234

hope that graphics engine is gud this tym on pc.........

Berserk8989
Berserk8989

Gonna play the PSP version then, the first one was good, but i hope the 2nd one will be awesome. I also hope that it'll come for the PC.

Takeno456
Takeno456

Yes! I can't wait for this game!

True_Chaos_UK
True_Chaos_UK

I really enjoyed the 1st game, the story was amazing, I hope it continues to be just as good in this with the obvious gameplay improvements. Loving Starkiller duel wielding light sabers, hopefully there will be double sabers too.

Bridgelayer
Bridgelayer

I'll be adding this one to my must have list this fall. I enjoyed the first SWFU and can't wait for this one to get here!

chillORdie
chillORdie

oh yeah...i'm gonna get it. and i'm gonna be high as a giraffe's a#@ playin it too.

BelaidKL
BelaidKL

a jedi sith???.....wanna see how this turns out to be (hope they make it into a movie too)