“Star Wars: The Force Unleashed” delayed?

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According to leading online consumer site, Amazon.com, the release date for the upcoming PS3, XBox 360, Wii, PS2, PSP, and DS game “Star Wars: The Force Unleashed” has been changed from April 1st to August 26th. Apparently Darth Vader’s duties in SoulCalibur 4 are keeping him from his proper duties. File this one under rumor for now, but given the rabid nature of the fan base (I’m looking at you, guy in the Chewbacca costume) I wouldn’t be too surprised if we saw an announcement from LucasArts before too long.

With Amazon not really prone to random release date changes, I find this to be a fairly credible lead. Here’s to hoping there’s shenanagins afoot. The Gamestop machine still has the game targeting April Fool’s Day, so there’s still hope out there young padawan.

“Star Wars: The Force Unleashed”, which takes place after the rise of the Galactic Empire, between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, is set to fill in some of the gaps that many have wondered about since the introduction of the the second trilogy. Namely, “what the hell was Darth Vader up to?” during his mogul building days.

With such high ambitions it seems almost impossible to live up to the promises, but we’ll see. With interesting gameplay mechanics like the Force transforming enemies into bombs, direct Light Saber control announced for the Wii (along with an exclusive wii-saber duel mode), and an emphasis on gigantic boss battles, this should be any convention goers dream.

Check the Official Info on the game after the jump!

From the Official Website: “The next chapter in the Star Wars saga, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed tells the story of Darth Vader’s Secret Apprentice, a mysterious figure who has been trained by the menacing Sith Lord to hunt down the last of the Jedi.

Set in the dark times between Episodes III and IV, the story is both a continuation of the prequel trilogy-exploring the aftermath of Order 66 and focusing on the continued evolution of Darth Vader- and a direct bridge to the Classic trilogy. The Force Unleashed will forever change the Star Wars galaxy and lead directly to events in Star Wars: A New Hope.

Developed under the direction of George Lucas, the storyline for The Force Unleashed remains a closely-guarded secret. However, it has been revealed that the Secret Apprentice’s journey takes him across the galaxy– from the Wookie home world of Kashyyyk to the junkyard planet Raxus Prime and the mushroom-covered Felucia.

He will be aided in his dangerous missions by loyal sidekick PROXY-a prototype holodroid with amazing abilities-and a beautiful Imperial pilot named Juno Eclipse.

The apprentice will clash with powerful Force Wielders, including the spirited Zabrak warrior Maris Brood, and General Rahm Kota, a hard-boiled Jedi Soldier who senses that the Apprentice is destined to become something far greater than just Darth Vader’s servant.”

Other Interesting Details & Features:

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.

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.

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