AND BIOWARE TO DEVELOP NEW STAR WARS* ROLE PLAYING GAME FOR PC AND NEXT
Leading Interactive Game Developers Join to Create First Star Wars RPG
RAFAEL, Calif. — July 25, 2000 — LucasArts Entertainment Company
LLC and BioWare Corp. today announced a partnership to create the first
Star Wars role playing game (RPG) for PC and next generation video game
systems. Expected to release in 2002, the game will be set in a time period
prior to the Star Wars films.
agreement combines Star Wars, the most successful film-based license in
interactive entertainment, with BioWare’s
considerable development expertise in the
role playing genre. BioWare created the critical and commercial hit RPG
Baldur’s Gate(tm). The Star Wars role playing game will be developed by
BioWare and marketed and distributed by LucasArts.
the game, LucasArts and BioWare are creating an entirely original
storyline set some four thousand years before Star Wars: Episode I. The
ancient era is dominated by an epic struggle between the Jedi and the evil
collaboration with BioWare further represents LucasArts’ long-term
strategy to build relationships with the world’s premier game developers,"
says Simon Jeffery, president of LucasArts. "BioWare has consistently
delivered compelling games with rich and deeply engaging stories.
Together, we aim to create a milestone role playing game set within
a unique and largely unexplored area of the Star Wars universe." "The
opportunity to create a richly detailed new chapter in the Star Wars universe
is incredibly exciting for us," says Dr. Greg Zeschuk, joint CEO of
are honored to be working with the extremely talented folks at LucasArts,
developing a role playing game based upon one of the most high-profile
licenses in the world," added Dr. Ray Muzyka, joint CEO of BioWare.
Entertainment Company LLC is a leading international developer and publisher
of interactive entertainment software for a variety of computer and
console platforms. Based in San Rafael, Calif., as well as on the Internet
at www.lucasarts.com, LucasArts is one of five companies in the Lucas
group which include Lucasfilm Ltd., Lucas Digital Ltd. LLC, Lucas Licensing
Ltd., and Lucas Learning Ltd. Lucasfilm is one of the leading film
and entertainment companies in the world. Lucasfilm’s businesses include
George Lucas’ film and television production and distribution activities
as well as the business activities of the THX Group. Lucas Digital,
which consists of Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) and Skywalker Sound,
provides visual effects and audio post-production services to the entertainment
industry. Lucas Licensing is responsible for the merchandising
of all Lucasfilm’s film and television properties. Lucas Learning
creates engaging interactive entertainment products that provide learning
opportunities through exploration and discovery.
Corp. is an electronic entertainment company that produces interactive
computer games, console games and video entertainment. Past projects
include the genre defining role-playing game Baldur’s Gate, and the critically
acclaimed third person shooter, MDK2. BioWare’s projects currently
under development include Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn, and Neverwinter
Nights. BioWare was established in 1995 and is headquartered in Edmonton,
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