LucasArts Announces July 16 Retail Availability Date For Star Wars®: Knights Of The Old Republic
CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED STAR WARS ROLE PLAYING GAME FOR XBOX WILL FEATURE DOWNLOADABLE CONTENT THROUGH XBOX LIVE IN WINTER 2003
SAN RAFAEL, Calif. -- July 9, 2003 -- LucasArts today announced Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, a role playing game (RPG) for the Xbox video game system from Microsoft, has gone gold and will be available at retail throughout the United States and Canada Wednesday, July 16.
One of this year's most eagerly anticipated titles, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic was recently named the number one game in Electronic Gaming Monthly's Top 20 Summer Games feature. In addition, Official Xbox Magazine called Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic an "instant classic," and the game received a perfect score in the forthcoming September issue of GMR.
LucasArts also announced that in Winter 2003 it expects to make available to Xbox Live subscribers downloadable content for Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. Featured will be a variety of new weapons and other items to assist players on in-game quests.
Developed by BioWare, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 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.
LucasArts, a Lucasfilm Ltd. company, is a leading developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software worldwide for video game console systems and PC. Based in San Rafael, Calif., as well as on the Internet at www.lucasarts.com, LucasArts was created in 1982 by George Lucas to provide an interactive element to his vision of a state-of-the-art, multi-faceted entertainment company.Lucasfilm Ltd. is one of the world's leading film and entertainment companies. Founded by George Lucas in 1971, it is a privately held, fully integrated entertainment company. In addition to its motion-picture and television production operations, the company's global activities include Industrial Light & Magic and Skywalker Sound, serving the digital needs of the entertainment industry for visual-effects and audio post-production, and Lucas Licensing, which manages the global merchandising activities for Lucasfilm's entertainment properties. Additionally, Lucas Online creates Internet-based content for Lucasfilm's entertainment properties and businesses. Lucasfilm's motion-picture productions include five of the 20 biggest box-office hits of all time and have received 19 Oscars and 53 Academy Award nominations. Lucasfilm's television projects have won 12 Emmy Awards. Lucasfilm Ltd. is headquartered in San Rafael, Calif.
About BioWare Corp
BioWare Corp. is an electronic entertainment company that develops computer and console games. BioWare's developers are currently hard at work on the PC version of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (to be published by LucasArts), and in July completed development of the Xbox version. In June 2003 Neverwinter Nights: Shadows of Undrentide (co-developed with Floodgate Entertainment) was released to the public as the first of two expansion packs to Neverwinter Nights. The second expansion pack Neverwinter Nights: Hordes of the Underdark, is in development and scheduled for the fall. Two currently untitled projects, one an Xbox title (to be published by Microsoft), the other a PC title (no publisher yet announced), both featuring original BioWare intellectual properties, are also in development. Neverwinter Nights has enjoyed significant commercial and critical success and is currently garnering Game and Role Playing Game of the Year accolades. Previously published projects include: Shattered Steel, the genre-defining Baldur's Gate role playing game series for the PC, MDK2 for Dreamcast and PC, and MDK2: Armageddon for PlayStation®2. BioWare information can be found online at www.bioware.com.All copyright and trademarks are the property of their respective owners