In the build up to the 2006 Electronic Entertainment Expo, the New York Times ran an article on LucasArts, the game arm of George Lucas' multimedia empire. Specifically, the piece followed Jim Ward, the president of LucasArts as he met with the designers of a new, unnamed Star Wars game.
"Mr. Ward...and Haden Blackman, the project leader of a forthcoming Star Wars game, reviewed all of the company's recent projects," read the piece. "Mr. Blackman outlined a new storyline that delved deeper into Darth Vader's history." Many presumed this was the same game for which LucasArts gave a tech demo behind closed doors at E3 06. Part of the demo was later leaked on YouTube.
Now, the Darth Vader game has been unmasked, so to speak. The February issue of Game Informer displays the forthcoming PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 game Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. According to the Minnesota-based mag, "players will get a chance to work for Darth Vader himself, as the man in black's new apprentice...[and] hunt down the last of the Jedi. The Force Unleashed is set between the 2005 prequel, Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith, and the 1977 film that started it all, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.