“Star Wars: The Force Unleashed” won’t have multiplayer on the Xbox 360 or PS3?

That’s what one LucasArts rep is telling the folks at Total Video Games during a recent Q&A. That’s not necessarily surprising as some titles will lose multiplayer before release due to time constraints on the developers, but the reasoning provided was, to put it in a single word, stupid:

TVG: As you mentioned earlier, there’s no multiplayer in the game. Was there any specific reason for this?

To be specific, there’s no multiplayer in the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions, because there is on the Wii, PSP, and DS. As far as specific reasons are concerned, we don’t really like to get into the reasons why we don’t do things because I don’t think there’s really a satisfactory answer that people would really be happy with. So, there isn’t multiplayer and that’s kind of how it is…

Because the Wii, PSP, and DS versions of the game will have multiplayer they’re not going to put it into the Xbox 360 or PS3? WTF? Admittedly I can see how with the advanced physics engine being utilized on the higher end hardware it might make it difficult to implement multiplayer in a balanced way considering the ridiculously powerful force powers everyone would have. If that’s the case then just say so, but the above answer makes it sound like they expect us to buy the game twice if we want to do any kind of multiplayer. To say the least this makes me a bit less enthusiastic about buying the game at all.

11 thoughts on ““Star Wars: The Force Unleashed” won’t have multiplayer on the Xbox 360 or PS3?

  1. Well, considering that the multiplayer on these versions is most likely a way to make up for the lack of all the advanced engines that the 360 and PS3 have, I personally don’t care. I don’t play single-player Star Wars games for the multiplayer aspect.

    They could’ve put it that way, and less people would be pissed off.

  2. Not sure I see how PS3 and, in particular, the 360 are lacking advanced engines, VTMarik. The 360 is just a multi-core PC which is why it’s so easy to port games between it and the PC. The PS3 has Unreal Engine III on it, among others.

  3. You got my statement all backwards. I was saying that the Wii, DS, and PSP don’t have the advanced engines (Like the Digital Molecular Matter or Euphoria engines) that the 360 and PS3 versions are going to have.

    And so, therefore, multiplayer is a way to make up for that.

  4. Now that I know that the Xbox version will not have multiplayer I don’t think it is worth buying. I guess I will rent it because there is no point in buying a game that doesent have some sort of extended play. If you buy the game what are u gonna do once ur finished with the singleplayer? play it again? wtf?

  5. Depends on the game, John. There are some single player games that still have plenty to do once the main storyline is finished. The GTA series is a good example. Some of them have multiple endings depending on the choices you make that make a reply worthwhile. Finally, like some books, some games are just as much fun the second and third time through as the first.

  6. I’m a Star Wars fan, so I will buy the game.  But as a gamer/consumer i’m guessing there will be a reduced price for the 360/ps3 versions of the game.

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