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Lord Malakite
06-29-2007, 12:37 PM
Here is some recent news on a possible lightsaber based game in development for the Wii.

As part of the final Hollywood & Games Summit panel in Los Angeles, LucasArts' Jim Ward has been discussing the oft-raised question of a lightsaber game for Nintendo's Wii, saying that the company has internal prototypes running using the Wiimote.

In response to a question from session moderator N'Gai Croal of Newsweek asking: "What would it take to make a lightsaber game for the Wii?", Ward, who is President of LucasArts and a Senior VP at Lucasfilm, commented:

"We’re all over that, and internally we have already played a lightsaber game on the Wii. It’s a lot of fun, and we’ll get there."

He added that the whole concept of a title using a lightsaber of Nintendo Wii was "...in place! There’ll be some stuff out this Fall - it’s going to be a lot of fun."

It's unclear whether Ward could have been referring to the TT Games-developed Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga, which will debut later this year on multiple formats including the Wii, or whether the company is planning further, as yet unannounced Wii-specific Star Wars games.

(The product page for The Complete Saga notes of the Wii SKU: "Motion-sensitive inputs give you exciting new ways to control your Lego Star Wars characters.")

The publisher is likely to reveal more information on its upcoming titles at the E3 Media Summit in Los Angeles early next month - Gamasutra will have the full write-up from the Jim Ward (LucasArts) and Neil Young (Electronic Arts) panel at Hollywood and Games in the near future.

06-29-2007, 01:11 PM
I'm hoping to God he's referring to a new SW game that is in the works. As much as I love SW: LEGO, I know that Star Wars fans who own a Wii want one really badly, myself included.

I saw a fan vid on YT a while back about how they could incorporate the Wii into a SW game. It's fan made and the dude put in motions of the remote/nunchuck with video of another SW game. You get the idea. Something like this would be INCREDIBLE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VuzFzs0hPKc

and LM, you get one yet? My store got in several today. Whether or not they'll be there tomorrow when I go in, no idea! :thumbsup:

06-29-2007, 06:17 PM
They said they had a rudimentary lightsaber game on the Wii before it even launched, a proof-of-concept thing only, but it doesn't surprise me if they're bringing it forward - it's a logical conclusion.

If Ward is only referring to the LEGO SW game, I think he's going to have a PR dilemma on his hands as he's just pushed expectations way too high for just that, it'd make Lucasarts look bad and might have backlash for LEGO SW.

Lord Malakite
06-30-2007, 11:27 AM
and LM, you get one yet?

Not yet, though JBF did manage to pick one up. I've been busy adding the games he has bought to the collection list (linked to in my sig) that we own combined and watching him play (except for when it is Twilight Princess - I don't want to be spoiled for my go at it when/if I ever get myself a Wii).
Apparently another one of my brothers went out and bought a PS3 according to JBF. I have yet to see this said console and any games for it though as he has been recently disappearing for weeks at a time doing who knows what.

07-03-2007, 04:54 PM
I take it this STAR WARS: FORCE UNLEASHED is the game we'll be seeing for the Wii next year???? I want info on it, dammit! :crazed:

Lord Malakite
07-03-2007, 07:25 PM
I wouldn't jump the gun just yet Guyute. Currently Star Wars: The Force Unleashed is scheduled for release on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Playstation 2, PSP and Nintendo DS. There has been no mention of a release for Wii.

The Star Wars saga will continue in Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, a videogame developed by LucasArts, which casts players as Darth Vader's "Secret Apprentice" and promises to unveil new revelations about the Star Wars galaxy. The expansive story, created under direction from George Lucas, is set during the largely unexplored era between Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope. In it, players will assist the iconic villain in his quest to rid the universe of Jedi - and face decisions that could change the course of their destiny.

As its name implies, The Force Unleashed completely re-imagines the scope and scale of the Force by taking full advantage of newly developed technologies that will be seen and experienced for the first time: Digital Molecular Matter (DMM), by Pixelux Entertainment, and euphoria by NaturalMotion Ltd. Paired with the powerful Havok Physics™ system, these new technologies create gameplay only possible on the new generation of consoles. DMM incorporates the physical properties of anything in the environment so that everything reacts exactly like it should - wood breaks like wood, glass shatters like glass, plants on the planet Felucia bend like plants on the planet Felucia would, and more. Meanwhile, as a revolutionary behavioral-simulation engine, euphoria enables interactive characters to move, act and even think like actual human beings, adapting their behavior on the fly and resulting in a different payoff every single time.

During the period between Episodes III and IV, players hunt Jedi in the role of Darth Vader's Secret Apprentice.
Unleash and upgrade the Secret Apprentice's four core Force powers - Force push, grip, repulse and lightning - throughout the course of the game, and combine them for ultra-destructive, never-before-seen combos.
Examples of unleashing the Force in ways never thought possible:
The Secret Apprentice won't just Force push enemies into walls - he'll Force push enemies through walls.
The Secret Apprentice won't just Force grip foes to throw them aside - he'll Force grip them in midair, zap them with lightning, then drop them to the ground to explode like a bomb.
In addition to new adversaries created just for the game, such as fugitive Jedi and Force-sensitive Felucians, players will also confront and associate with familiar faces from the Star Wars films, including Darth Vader.
Visit locations such as Episode III's Wookiee homeworld Kashyyyk and the floral Felucia, the junk planet Raxus Prime, plus an Imperial TIE fighter construction facility.
Decisions made by players throughout the game will determine the path of the story, including multiple endings that will rock Star Wars continuity as they know it.
The Force Unleashed is LucasArts' first internally developed title for next-generation consoles, and it represents the first in-game collaboration of talents and technology between LucasArts and Industrial Light & Magic, two companies now finally under one roof at the new Letterman Digital Arts Center in San Francisco's Presidio district.
The Force Unleashed debuts Digital Molecular Matter from Pixelux and euphoria behavioral simulation from NaturalMotion Ltd.
LucasArts is preparing an unprecedented promotional effort around the launch of The Force Unleashed, encompassing a full line of toys and game-based action figures from Hasbro, as well as a full publishing program from Dark Horse, Del Rey and Palace Press.

07-04-2007, 03:20 AM
Wow, good eye Malakite, I had not noticed that before!

Lord Malakite
07-05-2007, 05:36 PM
Wow, good eye Malakite, I had not noticed that before!
Thanks. I'm glad somebody got something from one of my post. Sometimes I feel like I ramble on and no one is really paying attention. :D

07-08-2007, 10:08 PM
Well, tis official: SW Lego: TCS is going to be the FIRST lightsaber Wii game.....and this is kinda peevin' me. Why rehash a game that has been done on every system to introduce a new style? It's assinine and it's also really ridiculous that to enjoy a lightsaber style on the Wii, I have to buy a game that i've essentially purchased on the PS2. Joy.


07-09-2007, 12:07 AM
Why? Because it fits the demand for it, because sales on this title are going to be slow without it since so many folks have the originals, because it's a quick-n-dirty way to get it done now that doesn't require massive amounts of design and programming.