SAN FRANCISCO, CA - September 12, 2006 - LucasArts and TT Games today announced that it has shipped its hotly anticipated videogame, LEGO® Star Wars® II: The Original Trilogy, to retailers worldwide. Presale data, retailers and wide-ranging rave media reviews of the game all point to its broad appeal.
LEGO Star Wars II combines the fun and endless customization of LEGO play with a hilarious, tongue-in-cheek take on the epic story, characters and action from the classic Star Wars: Episodes IV, V and VI films. In order to provide immediate fun and accessibility for all families, LEGO Star Wars II is available on eight platforms, including the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360 and Xbox® video game systems from Microsoft, Nintendo GameCube, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Game Boy® Advance, PSP® (PlayStation®Portable system) and Windows.
Families Can Mix and Match Their Favorite Star Wars Heroes
One of LEGO Star Wars II's most amusing new features is the Character Customizer. More than 60 playable characters, and their assorted heads, torsos, midsections and legs, can be unlocked throughout the course of the game. These parts can then be mixed and matched like actual LEGO minifigures to create the likes of Darth Threepio, Stormbacca or Ewok Organa - there are literally millions of possibilities!
LEGO Star Wars II Is Already Garnering Rave ReviewsReader's Digest named the game one of "5 Things We Don't Want You to Miss" in its September 2006 issue, saying that it's "a fun-for-any-age adventure in a galaxy far, far away." Family Fun magazine called it one of "Our Favorite Things" in its September 2006 issue. Disney's Big Time! magazine in the UK asserted that LEGO Star Wars II is "The Galaxy's Greatest Game!" in their September 2006 issue. BusinessWeek.com says, "LEGO Star Wars [II] seems to have the kind of likeability that almost everybody can find instantly." In its October 2006 issue, Official Xbox Magazine awarded the game an 8.5 out of 10 rating, saying "LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy is an even quirkier blend of off-kilter humor, weird puzzles, and blaster-blazing, lightsaber-slashing action." PSM magazine noted that LEGO Star Wars II is "a great game with charm to spare" in its October 2006 issue. Whimsical Take on Star Wars "Clicks" With Consumers, Retailers
Based on presale information from major retailers, LucasArts expects extremely high consumer anticipation for LEGO Star Wars II's arrival on store shelves and has created special programs at retailers across the country, including Toys "R" Us, Wal-Mart, Target, Best Buy, GameStop and Circuit City.
"LEGO Star Wars II offers fans a brand new way to experience the classic trilogy and is a terrific addition to the largest selection of Star Wars toys and games already available at Toys "R" Us stores nationwide," said Ron Boire, President, Toys "R" Us, U.S. "The first LEGO Star Wars was a fan favorite, and we believe families will be excited by the chance to step into the roles of their favorite, original Star Wars characters in LEGO Star Wars II. To celebrate the launch, Toys "R" Us will offer an exclusive promotion for customers who purchase LEGO Star Wars II during the week of the game's release."
LEGO Star Wars II Has Wide-Ranging Appeal That Showcases the Breadth of Family-Gaming Fun Available Today
"Star Wars is a cultural icon that is adored by fans of all ages and demographics, and as the industry evolves, games like LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy help us expand beyond the traditional hardcore gaming audience," said Jeff Bell, Corporate Vice President of Global Marketing, Interactive Entertainment Business, Microsoft. "As the first of many family-oriented titles for Xbox 360, LEGO Star Wars II leads the charge in broadening the range of consumers who will enjoy all of the system's high-definition, next-generation content."
Also shipping today are the individual two-disc DVD sets of the original Star Wars film trilogy, Episode IV A New Hope, Episode V The Empire Strikes Back and Episode VI Return of the Jedi.
More Information About LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy
With a unique tongue-in-cheek take on the original trilogy, LEGO Star Wars II lets gamers build and battle their way through their favorite film moments. From Darth Vader's pursuit of Princess Leia aboard her Blockade Runner to Luke's final confrontation with Emperor Palpatine, the game includes even more of the family-friendly LEGO action, puzzles and humor that helped the original LEGO Star Wars sell over 2.5 million copies worldwide (according to NPD Funworld).
In LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy, for the first time ever, characters can get in and out of vehicles, as well as ride creatures. Because of its LEGO brick style, players also can mix and match the body parts of more than 50 playable characters to create one of millions of possible LEGO Star Wars heroes. And on PlayStation 2, Xbox and Windows platforms, a game save from the first LEGO Star Wars can unlock another 50-plus additional characters for Free Play mode; that's more than 100 total characters! Other exciting additions include free-roaming vehicle levels, the ability to switch ships at will in Free Play mode, cool new character-specific attacks and maneuvers, playable mini-kit vehicles, an adaptive difficulty option and more.
LEGO Star Wars II was developed by Traveller's Tales for the Xbox 360 and Xbox video game systems from Microsoft, PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system, PSP system, Nintendo GameCube and Windows, and by Amaze Entertainment for Nintendo DS and Nintendo Game Boy Advance.
More information about the game, including a downloadable trial version for Windows, can be found at http://www.lucasarts.com/games/LEGOstarwarsii/.
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 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 Francisco, Calif.
About TT Games Ltd.
Based in Beaconsfield, England, TT Games Ltd. is the only publisher to specialize in computer and video games for young gamers and their families. LEGO Star Wars was its first step on the road to becoming a leading publisher in this market, and LEGO Star Wars II will further realize this goal.
About The LEGO Group
The LEGO Group, a privately-held, family-owned company based in Billund, Denmark, is one of the world's leading manufacturers of high-quality, creatively educational play materials for children. The company is committed to the development of children's creative and imaginative abilities, and its employees are guided by the motto adopted in the 1930s by founder Ole Kirk Christiansen: "Only the best is good enough." For more information, visit www.LEGO.com
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