SAN FRANCISCO, CA â€“ October 6, 2006 â€“ LucasArts and Sony Online Entertainment today debuted an enhanced trial for Star Wars Galaxies that, for the first time ever, delivers all the exciting content of the full versions of Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Dividedâ„¢, and its first expansion, Jump to Lightspeedâ„¢, completely free for up to 14 days. Available via download from StarWarsGalaxies.com, the enhanced Star Wars Galaxies 14-day trial gives players a chance to become their favorite Star WarsÂ® characters and explore a massive online universe filled with other Star Wars fans.
Players who convert their trial account to an active subscription can continue their adventures with these full versions of An Empire Divided and Jump to Lightspeed. As a bonus, they will also receive a copy of Rage of the Wookiees, the second expansion to Star Wars Galaxies, via a convenient download at no additional cost, along with an exclusive in-game item for use by one of their characters.
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. Beginning aboard the Millennium Falcon, players help Han Solo and Chewbacca fend off the notorious Darth Vader, and then join up with Star Wars characters on missions that span across the galaxy. Heroic adventurers can seek their fortune in space or on the ground as a bounty hunter, smuggler, Jedi or a host of other newly enhanced, unique Star Wars professions, as they ally with the Rebels to fight against the Galactic Empire, or join forces with the Dark Side and crush the Rebel scum.
â€œWeâ€™re so pleased to be able to open up the full versions of Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided and Jump to Lightspeed for a full two weeks,â€ said Jason Willig, senior director online for LucasArts. â€œStar Wars Galaxies is the only place where players can experience their personal Star Wars adventures twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, and downloading our newly-enhanced 14-day trial of the game is the perfect way to jump right in and start playing.â€
â€œThe 14-day trial is a great way for players to sample the exciting content in Star Wars Galaxies,â€ said Nancy MacIntyre, vice president of global sales and marketing for LucasArts. â€œIn November, even more content will be available to players when LucasArts releases Star Wars Galaxies: The Complete Online Adventures. This retail compilation includes all the gameâ€™s expansions, along with a fantastic bonus DVD filled with premium, behind-the-scenes content.â€
In addition, all active Star Wars Galaxies subscribers will receive regularly-scheduled updates to the game filled with new content, features and enhancements. These Chapter Adventures, released periodically, are included in the playersâ€™ subscription fees and are delivered via automatic downloads in-game. So far in 2006, the Chapter Adventures have introduced high-value content such as brand-new quest series, server-wide events, a profession expertise system, and PvP upgrades.
More information on Star Wars Galaxies, the 14-day trial, and The Complete Online Adventures can be found at www.starwarsgalaxies.com.
LucasArts, a Lucasfilm Ltd. company, is a leading developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software worldwide for video game console systems, computers and the Internet. Based in San Francisco, 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, multifaceted entertainment company.
Lucasfilm Ltd. is one of the worldâ€™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 companyâ€™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 Lucasfilmâ€™s entertainment properties. Additionally, Lucas Online creates Internet-based content for Lucasfilmâ€™s entertainment properties and businesses. Lucasfilmâ€™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. Lucasfilmâ€™s television projects have won 12 Emmy Awards. Lucasfilm Ltd. is headquartered in San Francisco, Calif.
About Sony Online Entertainment
Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE) is a recognized worldwide leader in massively multiplayer online games, with hundreds of thousands of subscribers around the globe. SOE creates, develops and provides compelling entertainment for the personal computer, online, game console and wireless markets. Known for its blockbuster franchises and hit titles including EverQuestÂ®, EverQuestÂ® II, Champions of NorrathÂ®, Untold Legendsâ„¢, and PlanetSideÂ®, as well as for developing Star Wars Galaxiesâ„¢, SOE continues to redefine the business of online gaming and the creation of active player communities while introducing new genres on various entertainment platforms. Headquartered in San Diego, CA, with additional development studios in Austin, TX, Seattle, WA, and Taiwan, SOE has an array of cutting-edge games in development. SOE is owned by Sony Pictures Digital and Sony Computer Entertainment America.