Marin County, Calif. – April 1, 2005 – LucasArts revealed today that it will give PC players the opportunity to take control of two new sides with which to decide the fate of the galaxy in an all new expanded real-time strategy (RTS) game titled Star Wars Empire at War™. Initially set a few years before the events of Episode IV A New Hope, the expanded game will let players rewrite history as well as experience the entire Star Wars saga with the inclusion of the Galactic Republic and Confederacy of Independant Systems. Players will now experience events ranging from Star Wars: Episode 1 The Phantom Menace up to the events of Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith, co-inciding with the original storyline of the creation of the Rebel Alliance, and Darth Vader’s rise to power. Star Wars Empire at War is scheduled for a release in Fall 2005.
Using an entirely new game engine created by the Las Vegas-based developer Petroglyph, the game will feature beautifully rendered land and space battles set on memorable planets such as Hoth, Geonosis, Tatooine, Coruscant and Dagobah as well as never-before-seen environments taken directly from the Star Wars films and expanded universe novels. In the game, players can choose to join either the Galactic Republic, Confederacy of Independant Systems, Rebel Alliance or the Galactic Empire, building and setting up tactical forces that can be unleashed on the enemy in real-time 3D. All of the gameplay and action within Star Wars Empire at War is a persistent, meaning that strategic and tactical elements from previous events will have a permanent effect on the galaxy.
As players build, manage and progress their space and ground-based units, troops and vehicles, memorable Star Wars hero characters will begin playing a role in key situations. In addition to the single player campaign modes, the game will include a two-player Empire vs. Rebellion mode, a two-player Republic vs. Confederacy mode, an exciting 'Free-for-all' mode and up to eight player online skirmish modes. For more assets and information on Star Wars Empire at War, please visit www.lucasarts.com.
LucasArts, a Lucasfilm Ltd. company, is a leading developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software worldwide for video game console systems, computers and the Internet. Based in Marin County, Calif., as well as on the Internet at www.lucasarts.com,
LucasArts was created in 1982 by George Lucas to provide an interactive element to his vision of a state-of-the-art, multi-faceted entertainment company.
Lucasfilm Ltd. is one of the world's leading film and entertainment companies. Founded by George Lucas in 1971, it is a privately held, fully integrated entertainment company. In addition to its motion-picture and television production operations, the company's global activities include Industrial Light & Magic and Skywalker Sound, serving the digital needs of the entertainment industry for visual-effects and audio post-production; and Lucas Licensing, which manages the global merchandising activities for Lucasfilm's entertainment properties. Additionally, Lucas Online creates Internet-based content for Lucasfilm's entertainment properties and businesses. Lucasfilm's motion-picture productions include five of the 20 biggest box-office hits of all time and have received 19 Oscars and 53 Academy Award nominations. Lucasfilm's television projects have won 12 Emmy Awards. Lucasfilm Ltd. is headquartered in Marin County, Calif.
Petroglyph is an independent development studio located in Las Vegas, NV. It was founded by industry veterans Joe Bostic, Michael Legg, and Steve Tall, who have over 50 years of combined game development experience. The studio specializes in the Real-Time Strategy (RTS) game genre for the PC and leverages the experience gained from developing the original Command & Conquer franchise. For more information, please visit www.petroglyphgames.com