Force Unleashed II canceled on PSP. Does anybody care?

Apparently the Force is not with the PSP, as LucasArts has reportedly pulled the plug on the Sony handheld version of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II.

The game will still be shipping out to pretty much every single other platform: DS, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, PC, and even the iPhone. It seems like there would have to be something pretty wrong with a system for it not to be included in the game's repertoire.

Above: The Force Unleashed on PSP. Perhaps the last time you’ll get to see amazing Force action on Sony’s portable platform 

Although LucasArts didn't say why it canned the PSP version, it doesn't take a genius to realize the company’s bean counters were probably concerned the PSP version wouldn't sell well enough to justify the extra development cost. Or perhaps the PSP team just hit a snag and determined it wasn’t worth the effort to fix it.

LucasArts does have one other PSP project currently on its docket: Lego Star Wars III, which is due out for the holiday season. We wouldn’t necessarily plunk down a pre-order on that one just yet, though. The studio has previously axed the PSP version of Star Wars Episode III, as well as what was going to be a PSP-exclusive rhythm game called Traxion.

Above: The PSP’s cancellation should not dissuade you from buying the special edition of the game on PS3, which comes with this awesome USB flash drive 

Seriously, what is the last PSP game that actually made a big splash? Sure, we've had titles like Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker and Monster Hunter Freedom Unite earlier this summer, but even those AAA titles didn’t come close to ranking on the lists of top game sellers in the US. The PSP has kind of become like that kid in the back of the classroom that still shows up every day and probably gets passing grades, but no one really talks to., but that kid is still very popular in Japan.

As a side note, even though the first Force Unleashed came out for the PS2, Sony's last-gen console is not included in the line-up for the upcoming sequel. That Sony platform is more like the kid in the classroom who is finally dead.

The cancellation announcement did not affect release plans for the rest of The Force Unleashed II's multi-platform launch, which is slated for October 26.

Source: IGN 

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  • davidlorenz - October 11, 2010 5:58 a.m.

    I care! I loved Star Wars: The Force Unleashed for my Sony PSP! I have been waiting for the second game, anxious to get back into it! I think it's BS that it's not going to be made available for the PSP. I have been looking forward to this game, and feel let down that I won't be playing it, after waiting so long!
  • EUSHINY2009 - September 25, 2010 2:01 a.m.

    well what do you expect Lucasarts didnt listen to there customers during the whole kotor3:star wars knights of the old republic 3 petition war.Meaning fans told them to make kotor3 on the xbox360 and they ignored us.But on the upper hand they are releaseing swtor on pc and makeing everyone pay 15 bucks to play swtor and now star wars the force unleashed 2 on psp gets canceled well thats corperate video game coms 4 ya.They have the listening skills of a pre-schooler.So why do we keep giving them money if they cant even listen to fans-customers hum I would love 2 know why.Sorry if this sounds harsh but I have delt with lucasarts over this issue before enough said ^_^
  • LarzimusPrime - August 13, 2010 2:32 p.m.

    Im actually really gutted at this news... (In fact, yesterday I was actually saying I was gonna get this on PSP as well as 360) I really need a new game on my handheld console... PS When does this release on 360??? Has a date been announced???
  • reaperman22 - August 13, 2010 10:12 a.m.

    not caring about this because if i get it i will get it on the ps3 but the psp isnt that bad. I know for sure im preordering ghost of sparta and maybe it could be the big hit sony wants, i mean with a preorder bundle like it has maybe it will convince people that still have a psp to get it
  • Jesse1066 - August 13, 2010 5:27 a.m.

    I have the PSP version of The Force Unleashed. It has graphics nearly equal to the PS2 version plus extra gamemodes. For me (not having a current-gen console), it was the obvious choice. The Force Unleashed II I expect to buy on Steam, as I did with the original when it was on sale.
  • meh - August 13, 2010 4:59 a.m.

    god, I forgot the psp existed. What a dull, dull POS.
  • yagirlfriendsfavoriterapper - August 13, 2010 3:27 a.m.

  • MetalReborn - August 13, 2010 3:20 a.m.

    i lol'd at the title lol. And if nobody cares why did u write an article about it, ehh?
  • The_King_of_Nothing - August 13, 2010 3:18 a.m.

    I still don't get why people hate on the PSP. It's better than the DS, by far. Although the 3DS will blow it away. What's sad is that there are two haters already bad mouthing it which doesn't make sense. Also, I don't really care except it is for pretty much everything else. Although it being for the DS or iPhone is utterly ridiculous. Doesn't make sense to me.
  • The_Tingler - August 13, 2010 3:10 a.m.

    Heh, that USB stick looks like Dark Helmet from Spaceballs. The last PSP TFU game was a port of the PS2 version. Since there isn't a PS2 version, they didn't bother. And while Lego Indy 1 had a port of the PS2 version too, Lego Indy 2 didn't have a PS2 version - so the PSP version was a port of the DS version, and terrible. Don't bother with it or the Clone Wars one. Oh, you weren't going to? Excellent.
  • Crabhand - August 13, 2010 2:29 a.m.

    I didn't even know there was a PSP version (or a DS or iPhone version for that matter). Woe.
  • AlSwearengenHatesCocksuckers - August 13, 2010 1:03 a.m.

    1 or 2 of the two dozen PSP owners sort of care but won't even remember tomorrow.
  • sleepy92ismypsn - August 13, 2010 12:59 a.m.

    Does anyone care? When I heard the news I was thinking the same thing.
  • oufour - August 13, 2010 12:43 a.m.

    WHAT!? BLASPHEMY! how else can one enjoy the awesomeness of the force unleashed II but on a tiny screen with grainy graphics and no second analog stick? just kidding i'm not buying any version of this shitty game.
  • Felixthecat - August 13, 2010 12:29 a.m.

    What is this "PSP" you're talking about, GR?
  • BigLandoz - August 13, 2010 12:19 a.m.

  • GOD - August 13, 2010 12:07 a.m.

    Sony, please take the hint.
  • Tygerclaws - August 12, 2010 11:53 p.m.

    And the world quakes with the fires of Don'giva She'tania.

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