With The Force Unleashed about to hit consoles the world over, you may be slightly worried that it's not going to be "the greatest Star Wars game ever" (as some have said) and, instead, just another in a long line of crappy games based upon George Lucas' double trilogy of daddy issue movies. Thankfully, the people behind the game share your worries. Including that part about there being a lot of crappy games based on the Star Wars franchise.
Talking to game site Videogamer, LucasArts' Cameron Suey admitted that maybe enthusiasm had overpowered quality control in the past:
Star Wars is one of the greatest licenses for a videogame you could have and in the past we got a little excited about that and we put out games that probably weren't up to the quality bar that we would have liked. That's definitely something we've recognised and we understand. The more Star Wars games you put out and the more you love that environment the more it becomes mediocre and anodyne. We're really focused on telling singular, excellent Star Wars stories with engaging and innovative gameplay and cutting edge technology. That's going to be the future of Star Wars games... You might see less and better [games in the future]. Make it right and do it right.
But it's not all grammatically incorrect sloganeering that sounds like something from an Army commercial over at the House of Darth; there's also concern that continuity isn't contradicted by the new game:
Here's the thing about the hardcore fans. They know Star Wars better than almost anyone. However, that almost anyone is a couple of guys that work at Lucas Films in the licensing department, where they have a massive database where absolutely every element of the story, Lando's eye colour, and where was Princess Leia at a certain point of time, all that information is tracked very meticulously. I mean they know the name of characters who were wearing a helmet in the back of a canteen suite. All that stuff is understood and it's a known quantity. They won't let us do anything with the story unless it fits. And if they're a little concerned about it then we figure out a way to make it work. So the story is actually going to fit.
Yes, at Lucasfilm, stories go through licensing before going anywhere. Suddenly everything they've done since Return of The Jedi makes much more sense, doesn't it? Especially Caravan of Courage...
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed interview [VideoGamer]