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Epic Land, Sea And Air Warfare Awaits In LucasArts' Star Wars® Galactic Battlegrounds

DYNAMIC REAL-TIME STRATEGY GAME BASED UPON TECHNOLOGY FROM ENSEMBLE STUDIOS TO INCLUDE CAMPAIGN EDITOR AND ROBUST ONLINE PLAY

The great conflicts of the Star Wars universe come alive in the epic real-time strategy game Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds from LucasArts Entertainment Company LLC. As vast as the galaxy itself, Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds comprises six civilizations spanning the entire Star Wars saga and features explosive campaigns covering land, sea and air. Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds is expected for release winter 2001 for Windows PC.

Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds utilizes PC engine technology created by Ensemble Studios and used in the popular Age of Empires® series. LucasArts will build upon Ensemble's proprietary engine while adding numerous enhancements to create engaging Star Wars combat challenges.

"Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds offers Star Wars fans and strategy gamers a truly immersive and compelling real-time Star Wars experience," says Joel Dreskin, marketing manager at LucasArts. "From the selection of key conflicts throughout the Galactic Civil War to the choice to play either side, strategy gamers and Star Wars fans alike will appreciate the depth, scope and memorable conflicts from the saga."

The real-time confrontations involve six key civilizations: Galactic Empire, Rebel Alliance, Wookiees, Gungans, Royal Naboo and Trade Federation. Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds features numerous game play modes, including single player campaigns, skirmishes, historical missions and multi-player battle arenas over Internet and LAN.

Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds offers players the opportunity for immense, large-scale combat covering a wide-range of environments. Campaign settings range from interstellar asteroids and aerial encounters to submerged cities and epic ground battles, with over 300 different units and structures. Players will be able to test their tactical battle skills as they deploy masses of units, up to 200 per side including bounty hunters, Jedi Knights, stormtroopers, X-wings, AT-ATs, snowspeeders, AT-STs, Wookiee Kas tanks and droids.

In the strategic simulations, players start with minimal resources and are challenged to develop strategies to build and manage reserves. A balance between economic, construction, troop management, technology, military and scientific resources must be achieved in order to advance. For example, a player can integrate upgradable technology such as Wookiee ingenuity, advanced biotechnology and Jedi skills and reach new technology levels, with new wonders and new forces.

Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds also features a scenario editor, which has never before been offered in a LucasArts Star Wars game. The scenario editor will enable players to generate and share their own custom single and multi-player missions. Players can choose from virtually any Star Wars element, including favorite vehicles, units, characters, locations and time periods, to create new campaigns and a Star Wars legacy of their own that they can play online with friends... or rivals.

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.

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