Star Wars: The Force Unleashed is a 2008 multimedia project created by LucasArts, in collaboration with Dark Horse Comics, Del Rey, LEGO, Hasbro, and Palace Press. It was originally slated for release in 2007, and billed as "the Expanded Universe multimedia event of 2007". However, problems in game development caused the project to be delayed until 2008. The project was created with the direct input and guidance of Star Wars creator George Lucas. Similar to Shadows of the Empire over a decade earlier and The Clone Wars a few years earlier, it features products across different lines, all covering the same story. This includes two games, a game guide, a novel, a graphic novel, a toy line, a reference book, a Miniatures set, and an RPG supplement.
A sequel to the video game, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II, was announced during Spike's 2009 Video Game Awards. The video game, as well as an accompanying novel and graphic novel, were all released in October 2010.
The Force Unleashed features a young man by the name of Galen Marek (codenamed "Starkiller"), the secret Sith apprentice of Darth Vader, and his missions as such in the year 2 BBY. Marek is dispatched by Vader to eliminate several Jedi who survived Order 66. His first target is Rahm Kota, who used militia instead of clones and thus survived Order 66. Starkiller sets out with his pilot Juno Eclipse and droid Proxy in order to track Kota down. After defeating both militia and stormtroopers alike, Starkiller finds the general, and defeats him in a fierce saber duel. However, during the duel, Kota predicts that Vader won't always be Starkiller's master, and that someday Kota will be instead. Starkiller casts Kota out of a burning space station re-entering a planet after blinding him. Not altogether sure that Kota is dead, he steals Kota's lightsaber and leaves. His loyalties are tested, and he eventually turns against Vader. Marek helps form the Alliance to Restore the Republic, and then sacrifices himself in battle with Vader and Galactic Emperor Palpatine to allow his new friends and Rebel leaders to escape.