E3 2002: Lucas Arts announces Star Wars Galaxies for PS2
Lucas Arts LLC announced today that it will be bringing versions of its first Star Wars Galaxies game to both the Microsoft Xbox and the Playstation 2. Based on the PC version of the game, Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided is scheduled to be released this winter, while the console versions' release dates have not been determined at this time.
The Star Wars Galaxies series will be a massively multiplayer RPG, allowing players to interact with one another on several different planets located throughout the Star Wars universe. Featuring dynamic role-playing style adventures, Lucas Arts promises that the gameplay with feature a unique combination of social interaction, combat, specialized missions and daring quests.
"The ultimate goal with these versions of Star Wars Galaxies is to solidify LucasArts' position at the forefront of the emerging online console game genre, and we're confident this strategy will do just that," says Randy Breen, vice president of development for LucasArts. "By offering the Star Wars Galaxies series on video game consoles such as Xbox and PlayStation 2, LucasArts will be able to bring this eagerly awaited game to an entirely new audience of players who previously may not have had an opportunity to experience it."
"We're thrilled that Star Wars Galaxies -- the most anticipated massively multiplayer game ever -- is coming to Xbox Live," says J Allard, general manager of the Xbox platform. "We designed Xbox from day one to support great online games like Star Wars Galaxies. This announcement validates our vision that the best games of the future will take advantage of the Xbox system's built-in broadband support."
"We're delighted to partner with LucasArts in bringing the Star Wars universe to the PlayStation 2, the world's best-selling next-generation game system," says Andrew House, senior vice president, Sony Computer Entertainment America. "Our goal with bringing PlayStation 2 online is to be able to showcase dynamic content that fosters multi-player opportunities and community building. The mass appeal of Star Wars combined with the tens of millions of PlayStation users represents a huge step forward in computer entertainment and the future of online gaming."
5/20/2002 Ryan Hartmann