Star Wars: The Force Unleashed

This week LucasArts launched the official site for its newest Star Wars game, The Force Unleashed. Your chums at SFX were also lucky enough to chat about it at length with the folks from LucasArts and UK distributors Activision. And the game does look extremely promising. Anticipated in November, it will be set between Episodes III and IV, and will cast you in the role of Darth Vader's secret apprentice.

Apprentice? But isn't Vader already Palpatine's apprentice? And there can be only two Sith? That's why you'll be a secret apprentice, we're supposing.

We understand that there will be loads of focus on impressive use of Force powers. From the official site: "The Secret Apprentice won't just Force push enemies into walls - he'll Force push enemies through walls." Check out some of the work-in-progress effects on this crafty link.

Concept art:

What's exciting us is that in the absence of a new Star Wars film, or the promised TV show, this year it will be a game that will be extending the official Star Wars story. George is taking a personal interest, and technology developed by ILM will be the power behind it.

Read more about it in future editions of SFX, and celebrate the 30th anniversary of Star Wars in the current issue . The official game site is here . Its Wikipedia entry is here .