Thursday, May 06, 2010

A good day to be a Star Wars nerd

Force Unleashed II dated for October News | Eurogamer

LucasArts continues to milk the Star Wars cash cow, announcing a sequel to 2007's spectacularly successful spinoff video game, The Force Unleashed, imaginatively titled The Force Unleashed II. Who could blame them for wanting to exploit their most lucrative intellectual property?

If you played the original game, you'd be aware that it was set in an alternative Star Wars universe. In the years between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, Darth Vader takes a secret apprentice named Galen Marek. Vader dispatches Marek around the galaxy to hunt down and kill the remnants of the Jedi Order, which he does in spectacular fashion, slashing, electrocuting, and throwing his enemies around the screen. All of this carnage was animated using ground breaking physics effects. The previous game had a branching storyline, which culminated in a climactic battle between Marek and Vader. The game gave you the option to either kill Vader and become the Emperor's apprentice, or spare his life and be killed by the Emperor instead.

This sequel's continuity obviously assumes that you chose the latter option, otherwise there wouldn't be another game, would there? Unless they've worked out another way to bring him back, since the game ended with him being very definitely killed. Not much is known about the game's storyline. However, some teaser artwork has been released showing Marek on the planet Dagobah, with Yoda's hut in the background. Does this mean that Marek will battle Yoda? Roll on October 26.

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