Greetings, Rebelscum fans! This week on the site we’re taking a look at The Force Unleashed II, and how it continued the beloved storyline established by the first installment. Make sure to read about the project’s production and importance in our “Expand Your Mind” article first, but stay tuned throughout the week for more articles, insights, videos, and information on the best merchandising content that you’ll want to look out for.
Ever since the sequel game dropped in 2010, Star Wars fans have been speculating about what The Force Unleashed III would look like. Not only did the stories of Starkiller’s clone and Juno Eclipse need to be resolved, but The Force Unleashed II had ended on a major cliffhanger with Vader’s capture. We know he has to escape soon, and with Boba Fett and Slave I on Rogue Shadow’s tail, there’s surely a major confrontation in the cards. The project has never materialized, and the canon status of The Force Unleashed hasn’t yet been established by Disney.
We may still be left speculating about where the story goes next, but in the meantime check out our Force Facts about The Force Unleashed II.
While The Force Unleashed III was technically canceled, author and game screenwriter Haden Blackman revealed that the third installment would have involved Starkiller and Vader teaming up when they’re forced to survive together after Rogue Shadow becomes stranded.
It was planned that The Force Unleashed III would be an open world game, but it was put on the back burner so that LucasArts could focus on the new game Star Wars 1313. That game was also canceled, but it would have explored Coruscant’s underworld and followed Boba Fett’s rise to power.
An expanded version of the “Dark Side” ending of the first The Force Unleashed was released in 2009 as The Force Unleashed: Ultimate Sith Edition and explored an alternate version of events where Starkiller kills Vader and becomes Palpatine’s apprentice. The Force Unleashed II also contains an alternate ending in which Starkiller’s clone influences the classic trilogy and shows up at the Battle of Endor.
The game reveals that Juno helped recruit Admiral Ackbar to the Rebel Alliance, and Ackbar is accessible as an added skin in the game’s bonus content.
Another accessible skin is the “Maulkiller” clone that combines Starkiller’s DNA with Darth Maul. A clone of Darth Maul also appears in the Star Wars Tales comic and duels Darth Vader.
Although his fate is still unknown, Rahm Kota also appears in Star Wars Battlefront: Elite Squadron during both the Clone Wars and Galactic Civil War campaigns.
Starkiller’s clone is referred to as “Subject 1138” as a reference to George Lucas’s first film THX-1138. A darker alternate clone is referred to as the “Dark Apprentice.”
Although Disney has yet to bring the events or characters of The Force Unleashed into the new canon, it has been announced that the original games are coming to the Nintendo Switch this upcoming April.
The first The Force Unleashed game launched in 2008, the same year of The Clone Wars film and season one. When The Force Unleashed II was released in 2010 and prominently featured Kamino, The Clone Wars visited Kamino in the third season episodes “Clone Cadets” and “ARC Troopers.” Both The Clone Wars and The Force Unleashed prominently featured Shaak Ti.
Maris Brood voice actress Adrienne Wilkinson would go on to voice The Daughter in The Clone Wars and Rebels, as well as Gianna in The Old Republic.
What do you think, Rebelscum fans? What would you have wanted to see from The Force Unleashed III? Are you interested in the further adventures of Starkiller’s clone? Let us know in the forums, and as always, may the Force be with you!