Star Wars Galaxies™ Presents Chapter 3: Smugglers and Scoundrels – The latest Chapter Adventure in the ongoing Star Wars Galaxies Saga
LucasArts and Sony Online Entertainment today announced that Chapter 3: Smugglers and Scoundrels is now available to Star Wars Galaxies subscribers. Chapter 3: Smugglers and Scoundrels is the latest in a series of ongoing updates for Star Wars Galaxies that are scheduled for release every six to eight weeks as part of players’ regular subscription to the game.

Cargo, contraband and criminals are the lifeblood of any good smuggler, and with Chapter 3: Smugglers and Scoundrels, players have even more ways of plying their trade. The new Smuggling System introduced in Chapter 3 is packed with new content, skills and rewards for every aspiring Han Solo in the galaxy.

The new Smuggling System includes features such as:

· A New Underworld Faction – Smugglers can increase their standing with this faction by completing smuggling missions; while bounty hunters will watch their standing fall as they try to thwart the smugglers’ efforts;
· New Smuggling Missions – NPCs will be stationed across the galaxy distributing dangerous, yet profitable new missions that deliver rewards of credits and higher faction rankings. But watch out for the new enemy NPCs that are out to steal the mission contraband;
· Player versus Player (PvP) Smuggling Missions – Signing up for select, more lucrative missions automatically puts the player on the “most wanted” list of every bounty hunter in the galaxy, but surviving them results in fabulous rewards of credits, armor and weapons;
· New Smuggling Abilities – “Sly Lie” and “Fast Talk” will come in handy when attempting to evade capture and hide contraband.

Additional details, tips and tricks on smuggling in Star Wars Galaxies can be found in the latest Friday Feature at http://starwarsgalaxies.station.sony.com/en_US/players/content.vm?page=Friday%20Feature%20Index&resource=features.

Chapter 3: Smugglers and Scoundrels will also introduce several overall gameplay enhancements including:

· Profession Expertise System for Smugglers and Officers: Smugglers and officers are the beneficiaries of all new skills and abilities in Chapter 3, allowing them to fully customize their characters and carve out their place in the galaxy. Players will be able to earn up to 45 expertise points as their characters progress to level 90, which they can spend on new abilities and modifications to existing abilities.

Full details on the Smuggler Expertise System can be found at http://starwarsgalaxies.station.sony.com/players/guides.vm?id=80123, and for the Officer Expertise System at http://starwarsgalaxies.station.sony.com/players/content.vm?id=66942.

· Faction Ranking and Reward System: This summer, the Galactic Civil War kicked into high gear. Beginning with the Battle of Restuss, clashes among Rebel and Imperial players have been intensifying sharply, and Star Wars Galaxies is implementing a new Faction Ranking and Rewards system to acknowledge players who have been participating in the conflicts.

With the launch of Chapter 3, players will be able to gain faction ranks by completing a variety of PvE and PvP activities. Each new rank grants players the ability to purchase higher-level items from their faction recruiter.

· Improvements to the User Interface: Several enhancements are being introduced to the in-game UI to improve ease of use and customizability, including:

o Additional Toolbar – Players now have the option to add a second toolbar to their on-screen interface, providing a full 24 slots to place icons for skills and abilities;
o Radar Upgrade – Graphical enhancements, adjustable buttons, opacity controls, clearer coordinates, and the option to fully re-size the radar are all now available;
o Combat Log Update – Players now have the option to display a combat log with updated information on default attacks, special attacks, critical hits, procs and buffs.

· In-Game Rewards: When players log in to download “Chapter 3: Smugglers and Scoundrels,” all their characters will automatically receive a Letter of Commendation, an in-game item that will grant them Galactic Civil War ranking points, so they can jump-start their career fighting against the evil Empire, or defeating the Rebel Scum. Players will receive enough points to automatically move from Rank 1 (Private) to Rank 2 (Lance Corporal/Trooper).


About Star Wars Galaxies
Star Wars Galaxies is one of the longest-running and most popular online experiences, bringing gamers of all ages and skill levels together in the ultimate Star Wars® journey. Begin aboard the Millennium Falcon helping Han Solo and Chewbacca fend off the notorious Darth Vader. Along the way, join with Star Wars characters on missions that span across the galaxy. Ally with the Rebels to fight against the Galactic Empire, or join forces with the Dark Side and crush the Rebel scum. Heroic adventurers can seek their fortune in space or on the ground as a Bounty Hunter, Smuggler, Jedi or a host of other unique Star Wars professions.

Throughout 2006 and into 2007 LucasArts and Sony Online Entertainment are scheduled to add a host of new content and features to Star Wars Galaxies through a series of downloadable adventures. Featuring such high-value enhancements as PvP upgrades, a character profession expertise system, new high-level quest series, and epic, server-wide events, these downloadable adventures provide players new content to explore and new ways to influence the entire Galaxy.

As always, the latest news and information on Star Wars Galaxies can be found on the community page at: http://starwarsgalaxies.station.sony.com/en_US/players/.
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