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LucasArts to Unleash the Force on the Wii in Spring 2008

LucasArts revealed that STAR WARS: THE FORCE UNLEASHED will come to the Wii next spring, giving owners the chance to live out their Jedi fantasies by wielding the Wii Remote as a lightsaber.

THE FORCE UNLEASHED casts players as Darth Vader's "Secret Apprentice" and promises to unveil new revelations about the Star Wars galaxy. The game's expansive story 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.

The Wii version, in development by Krome Studios, will also add an exclusive duel mode in which players can compete head-to-head with their friends to determine the ultimate Jedi Master.

THE FORCE UNLEASHED is the first next-generation game developed internally at LucasArts, and will be available on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. LucasArts and developer Krome Studios are also developing versions for the PlayStation 2 and PSP, and n-Space Inc. is developing a version for the Nintendo DS. All will feature the same storyline.

Working with Lucas Licensing, LucasArts is preparing an unprecedented promotional effort around the launch of STAR WARS: 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.

More information can be found at www.theforceunleashed.com, which will continue to release details throughout the year.

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