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Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided

Release date:
June 26, 2003

Published by:
LucasArts / Sony Online Entertainment

Genre:
Massively multiplayer online role-playing

Modes:
Multi Player
(Online)

Star Wars Saga Timeline:
1.5 ABY

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As in genre founding "MMORPGs" such as EverQuest and Asheron's Call, Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided has players begin by creating an online personality, choosing their character's race, appearance, and profession. They then join a game world populated by hundreds, if not thousands of other human-controlled characters. Players can take the role of a Mon Calimari artisan, for example, or play as a Rodian marksman. They may join the Rebel Alliance, swear fealty to the Empire, or decide to remain neutral.



Jump to Lightspeed, the first retail expansion package for Star Wars Galaxies, adds the option of autonomous space travel to the persistent world RPG. Players can pilot personal, interstellar spacecraft that allow them access to new species, new worlds, and new challenges. Deep-space dog fighting (a staple of the beloved film series) also becomes available with the Jump to Lightspeed. The add-on adds new character classes, mostly focused on piloting and ship maintenance skills. Accomplished player characters can gain access to a larger ship requiring more than one operator.

The second retail expansion for Star Wars Galaxies, Rage of the Wookiees, offers additional weapons, armor and equipment, more ships and ship modifications, a planet full of fresh story-driven quests, and a revamped combat system designed to balance gameplay for all participants. Released in the same time window as the technically conclusive Episode III feature film, the add-on pays due attention to plot details and new Star Wars mythology revealed in the movie. In particular, the game expands upon the culture of the Wookiees and adds their ancestral home world of Kashyyk to the online galaxy.

Initially available for sale to Star Wars Galaxies subscribers by download only, Star Wars Galaxies: Trials of Obi-Wan adds content related to the volcanic planet of Mustafar, and is set between the conclusive Revenge of the Sith and the original A New Hope on the Star Wars timeline. Players are drawn to the dangerous planet by presence of the spirit of Obi-Wan Kenobi. Obi-Wan's spirit has appeared on Mustafar to investigate an ancient mystery that could unlock new and powerful uses for the Force, which could change the balance of power between the Empire and the Rebels.

Star Wars Galaxies: The Complete Online Adventures is initially released with an in-game AT-RT vehicle for personal use, a slide show of Star Wars Galaxies screenshots, interviews from production staff, trailers and commercials for the game, a demo of the strategy game Empire at War, and exclusive concept art.

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