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SAN DIEGO, CA - January 14, 2005 - Sony Online Entertainment Inc. (SOE), a worldwide leader in massively multiplayer online (MMO) gaming, today announced the addition of LucasArts' Star Wars Galaxies® to the Station AccessTM subscription plan. Now, all SOE-developed massively multiplayer online games are available to subscribers for US$21.99 per month. Star Wars Galaxies will be added to Station Access on Feb. 1, 2005.
"Adding Star Wars Galaxies to the mix brings all Sony Online Entertainment-developed MMO titles under a single umbrella subscription," said John Smedley, president, Sony Online Entertainment. "Station Access has been a compelling deal for our subscribers since it launched last year, but now it's a must-have for all online gamers."
Star Wars Galaxies joins the already available line-up of titles offered under the Station Access subscription plan, which includes the original EverQuest®, the recently released EverQuest® II, PlanetSide®, EverQuest® Online AdventuresTM for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, EverQuest for the Macintosh and the three Station Pass games, Cosmic Rift, Infantry and Tanarus.
Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided® launched in June 2003 in North America, allowing gamers to immerse themselves in the Star Wars universe online. In October 2004, Star Wars Galaxies: Jump to LightspeedTM, the game's first expansion, added a whole new level of fast-paced space combat and over 20 iconic spacecraft for players to fly. Both An Empire Divided® and Jump To LightspeedTM are available at retail for US$19.99 each.
Station Access provides the subscriber with a single account that grants access to each of the SOE published MMO titles the player owns. Players must still purchase the software titles individually. Station Access does not include subscription services for non-SOE published titles, versions of EverQuest, EverQuest II, Star Wars Galaxies, EverQuest Online Adventures or PlanetSide published outside of North America, or SOE's wireless or handheld games.
Station Access requires a valid credit card and cannot be used in conjunction with GlobalCollect payment methods, or with GameCards.
LucasArts, a Lucasfilm Ltd. company, is a leading developer and publisher of interactive entertainment products for video game consoles, computers and the Internet. Based in Marin County, 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 Marin County, Calif.
About Sony Online Entertainment
Sony Online Entertainment Inc. (SOE), a subsidiary of Sony Pictures Digital Inc., is a recognized worldwide leader in massively multiplayer online games, with a subscriber base of over 800,000 active accounts 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, EverQuest®, EverQuest® II and PlanetSide®, as well as for developing Star Wars GalaxiesTM: An Empire DividedTM, 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 an additional development studio in Austin, TX, SOE has an array of cutting-edge online games in development.
EverQuest is a registered trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. SOE, the SOE logo and PlanetSide are registered trademarks of Sony Online Entertainment Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
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