LucasArts' Star Wars®: Episode I Racer As Its First Title For Sega Dreamcast
HIGH-SPEED RACING GAME TO INCLUDE ABILITY TO POST HIGH SCORES THROUGH THE SEGA DREAMCAST NETWORK
SAN RAFAEL, Calif. -- January 31, 2000 -- LucasArts Entertainment Company LLC announced today that it will release the critical and commercial hit interactive game Star Wars: Episode I Racer for Sega Dreamcast in spring 2000. Star Wars: Racer for Sega Dreamcast is the only console version of the game featuring stunning high-resolution graphics and dramatic prerendered cut scenes.Additionally, players will be able to take advantage of the Sega Dreamcast Network to post high scores to the Internet and compare notes on who is the best Podracer in the galaxy.
Star Wars: Racer brings all the intensity and high-speed thrills of the Podracing sequence from the motion picture StarWars: Episode I The Phantom Menace. The game dares players to take control of sleek and blindingly fast Podracers in a series of electrifying and dangerous races throughout the StarWars galaxy. Inspired by Anakin Skywalker's epic race against the nefarious Sebulba in the motion picture's Boonta Eve Classic, the game challenges players to compete in the perilous outlaw sport of Podracing, where the object is to win at all costs.Each Podracer is propelled by two massive jet engines and controlled from a small cockpit that hovers behind, connected by 15-foot cables. Speed is the name of the game in StarWars: Racer as the lightning quick vehicles are capable of reaching simulated speeds of up to 600 miles per hour, while skimming a mere 4 feet above the ground.
"StarWars: Racer lets players relive all the speed and exhilaration of the film's do-or-die Podracing sequence," says Tom Byron, product marketing manager for LucasArts. "Sega Dreamcast allows us to achieve a high level of realism that convincingly immerses game players into one of the most amazing moments in StarWars history."
"We are pleased to welcome LucasArts aboard as a third party publisher for Sega Dreamcast and are excited to see their debut on the system with such a stellar title as StarWars: Episode I Racer," says Neal Robison, group director for third party, Sega of America. "We look forward to additional titles from LucasArts that continue to take videogaming to the next level, while taking advantage of Sega Dreamcast's superior technical abilities."
StarWars: Racer allows players to contend as Anakin, reigning champion Sebulba, or more than 22 other Podracer pilots in the ultra-competitive multi-race Galactic Circuit, or jump right into single race mode. Each beautifully detailed Podracing vehicle can be upgraded with a variety of parts to increase acceleration, cool engine boosters, and enhance maneuverability.
Offering more than 21 race courses spread among eight worlds, StarWars: Racer is highlighted by a faithful recreation of the treacherous Tatooine circuit, site of the Boonta Eve Classic. Each track features a variety of potential hazards unique to the world's environment, such as methane lakes, meteor showers and Tusken Raiders. One course is located on Oovo IV, a prison mining colony. The mine transports ore through anti-gravity tunnels, which Podracers must negotiate at break-neck speeds while dodging giant rocks that are hurling toward them. Another track is based around a volcano where pilots race over rivers of searing lava forcing them to make split-second course corrections. All courses feature a variety of branches and shortcuts that clever Podracers will learn to use to their advantage in order to win.
StarWars: Racer features the voice of Jake Lloyd, who portrays Anakin Skywalker in StarWars: Episode I The Phantom Menace. The game's powerful vehicle sound effects and stirring soundtrack are taken directly from the motion picture, as well.
The PC and Nintendo 64 versions of StarWars: Racer were overwhelmingly successful upon their release in spring 1999. The PC version was among the three best selling games in its first five weeks of availability, according to software sales tracking firm PC Data. StarWars: Racer for N64 was the number one console title in June 1999, as reported by NPD/TRST.
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.