The Star Wars® Saga continues with Star Wars®: The Force Unleashed™ II, the highly anticipated sequel to the fastest-selling Star Wars game ever created. In Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, the world was introduced to Darth Vader’s now fugitive apprentice, Starkiller—the unlikely hero who would ignite the flames of rebellion in a galaxy.
Remember Apeiron—that made in Unreal Engine 4? Yeah, Lucasfilm has shut it down. Sad but expected news, I suppose. Taking to, the project's Poem Studios published a cease and desist letter issued by Lucasfilm, alongside the following message: 'It's with a great sadness that I'm posting today; I recently received a letter from Lucasfilm instructing Poem to end production on Apeiron. After a few days, I've exhausted my options to keep it afloat; we knew this day was a possibility.
I'm sorry and may the force be with you.' Sent to project lead Taylor Trotter, the following letter outlines Lucasfilm's admiration of Poem's 'affection and enthusiasm' for the Star Wars franchise, before stressing its objection to 'any unlicensed use of Lucasfilm intellectual property.' Image credit: Lucasfilm underscores the fact it is the 'exclusive owner of all intellectual property rights in and to the Star Wars major motion pictures, games and any other Star Wars content,' and that references to Knights of the Old Republic could be 'misleading to the public and [are] likely to create confusion as to whether it is affiliated with Lucasfilm.'
At the time of writing, the is still live (as noted above, Poem has till October 15 to shut it down). Once that goes, this in-game footage will presumably follow. Till then, check out what might have been. Another of BioWare's old-guard has left the building. This time it's James Ohlen, lead designer of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Baldur's Gate 1 and 2, Neverwinter Nights and Dragon Age: Origins, and director of Star Wars: The Old Republic. Ohlen leaves BioWare after a staggering 22 years.
'After 22 years I have retired from BioWare,'. Codesoft receipt printer driver. 'I've loved my time with Anthem, Star Wars, Dragon Age and Dungeons and Dragons. But I need to take a break from the industry and work on something a little smaller and more personal. 'The most fun I've ever had at BioWare was as the lead designer on Baldur's Gate 1 and 2 and Neverwinter Nights. I've been a D&D fanatic since I was 10 years old and I want to be a part of it again.'
Xbox Game Pass just got four Star Wars games: Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic, Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed and Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2. There's a lot to love in this collection of Star Wars titles, but my favourite has to be Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic. BioWare's awesome role-playing game launched on the original Xbox, where I first played it, back in 2003 and features an awesome story as well as some brilliant characters.
(, by the way.) But Star Wars The Force Unleashed is well worth a shot, too. LucasArts' action game introduced a new protagonist called Starkiller, who was supposedly Darth Vader's secret apprentice (this was all Star Wars canon before Disney stuck its oar in). Starkiller was ridiculously overpowered, which meant you could chuck scores of Stormtroopers about as if they were puppets on a string (the game used NaturalMotion's Euphoria tech, which Grand Theft Auto 4 also used, for its AI animation). May the fourth be with you! Here's a highly ironic picture of Richard Dean Anderson from Stargate SG-1, etc.
You know the deal by now: this is arbitrarily Star Wars Day because of a pun on the date, and not because this day actually has anything to do with Star Wars (the 1977 movie was released on 25 May). Time to fill our houses up with discounted vinyl junk in the shape of Yoda. Still, don't let my light cynicism stop you from hoovering up some classic (and not-so-classic) Star Wars games for less this weekend. Pretty much all the major digital storefronts are running sales themed around a galaxy far, far away. Steam has its available as a bundle for about $76/£55, and big discounts on individual games too. You'll find deals at and, too., and its selection of Star Wars classics is pretty impressive these days, particularly after the addition of. Just looking at all of that old Star Wars promo art makes me want to reinstall every Jedi Knight game and play them all weekend.