LucasArts Announces New Star Wars RPG

 

LUCASARTS
AND BIOWARE TO DEVELOP NEW STAR WARS* ROLE PLAYING GAME FOR PC AND
NEXT
GENERATION CONSOLES

 

Two
Leading Interactive Game Developers Join to Create First Star Wars RPG

 

SAN
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.

 

The
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.

 

For
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
Sith.

 

"This
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

BioWare.

 

"We
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.

 

About
LucasArts

LucasArts
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.

 

About
BioWare

BioWare
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,
Alberta, Canada.

 

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