Wii gamers to receive The Force next year

Posted by Mark Raby

Los Angeles (CA) - Answering the pleas of many fans, Lucas Arts has officially announced a game that will turn the Wii Remote into a digital light saber.

Media reports from as far back as 2005, when the Wii's controller was first unveiled, often likened it to a light saber.  That description will be more realistic than ever when Star Wars: The Force Unleashed comes out for the Wii in early 2008.

The Force Unleashed for Wii will port of the same game that is slated for the PS2, PS3, PSP, Xbox 360, and Nintendo DS.  It will, however, include an exclusive duel mode that allows two gamers to spar in light saber battles.  The control scheme is also likely to be much different with the Wii than it will be on any of the other consoles.

Lucas Arts teased the idea in July, saying of a Wii light saber game, "We’re all over that.  There’ll be some stuff out this fall; it’s going to be a lot of fun."

The publisher announced this week that The Force Unleashed would not be available on the Wii until spring of next year.  So far it has not announced any titles for the console for 2007.