LucasArts Chooses Xbox And Pc As Platforms Forstar Wars®: Knights Of The Old Republic
XBOX VERSION OF STAR WARS ROLE PLAYING GAME EXPECTED FALL 2002; PC VERSION SLATED FOR SPRING 2003
SAN RAFAEL, Calif. -- February 28, 2002 -- LucasArts Entertainment Company LLC today announced its upcoming role playing game (RPG), Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, will debut on the Xbox video game system this fall and release on PC early 2003. Developed by BioWare Corp., the dramatic game features an original story set some 4,000 years prior to the timeframe of the Star Wars films in an era dominated by an epic conflict between the Jedi and the evil Sith."Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic will be available on two dynamic platforms, Xbox and PC, both of which are perfectly suited for the incredibly compelling and high action role playing experience this game will offer," says Simon Jeffery, president of LucasArts. "As always, LucasArts' goal is to determine the best platform fit for each game. In this case, BioWare's tremendous expertise in the PC RPG genre makes that platform an ideal showcase for the game, while an Xbox version provides a great opportunity for LucasArts to establish the first major RPG franchise on that platform."
"BioWare has been fortunate to develop role playing games that have been well received over the years," says Ray Muzyka, BioWare's joint CEO and co-executive producer of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. "In Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, we'll be able to bring BioWare's strengths -- engaging story development, striking art and animation style, and rewarding character development -- to the Star Wars universe in a way that will deliver an amazing game play experience."
Added Greg Zeschuk, BioWare's other joint CEO and co-executive producer, "The Xbox and PC are both fantastic game machines, and the development team is committed to pushing the boundaries of both platforms to make Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic the best role playing game possible."Additional information about Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic can be found on the LucasArts web site at http://www.lucasarts.com/products/swkotor.
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.
BioWare Corp. is an electronic entertainment company that develops computer and console games. Our published projects include: Shattered Steel, the genre-defining Baldur's Gate role playing game series, MDK 2 for Dreamcast and PC, and MDK 2: Armageddon for PlayStation 2. Recently, BioWare released the award winning Baldur's Gate Throne of Bhaal, a massive expansion pack to Baldur's Gate II Shadows of Amn. BioWare's developers are currently hard at work on two titles to be released this year; Neverwinter Nights - a Dungeons and Dragons® fantasy role playing game for single and multiplayer (to be published by Infogrames), and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (to be published by LucasArts). As well, development is under way on a new, unannounced, third project. BioWare information can be found online at www.bioware.com.