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The great conflicts of the Star Wars universe come alive in the epic real-time strategy game Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds. As vast as the galaxy itself, Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds comprises six civilizations spanning the entire Star Wars saga and features explosive campaigns covering land, sea and air. 

Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds utilizes PC engine technology created by Ensemble Studios and used in the popular Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings . LucasArts is building upon Ensemble’s engine while adding numerous enhancements to create engaging Star Wars combat challenges. "Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds offers Star Wars fans and strategy gamers a truly immersive and compelling real-time Star Wars experience," says Joel Dreskin, marketing manager at LucasArts. "From the selection of key conflicts throughout the Galactic Civil War to the choice to play either side, strategy gamers and Star Wars fans alike will appreciate the depth, scope and memorable conflicts from the saga."

The RTS involves six key civilizations: Galactic Empire, Rebel Alliance, Wookiees, Gungans, Royal Naboo and Trade Federation. Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds features numerous game play modes, including single player campaigns, skirmishes, historical missions and multi-player battle arenas over Internet and LAN.

Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds offers players the opportunity for immense, large-scale combat covering a wide-range of environments. Campaign settings range from interstellar asteroids and aerial encounters to submerged cities and epic ground battles, with over 300 different units and structures. Players will be able to test their tactical battle skills as they deploy up to 200 units per side including bounty hunters, Jedi Knights, stormtroopers, X-wings, AT-ATs, snowspeeders, AT-STs, Wookiee Kas tanks and droids.

Players start with minimal resources and are challenged to develop strategies to build and manage reserves. A balance between economic, construction, troop management, technology, military and scientific resources must be achieved in order to advance. For example, a player can integrate upgradable technology such as Wookiee ingenuity, advanced biotechnology and Jedi skills and reach new technology levels, with new wonders and new forces.

Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds also features a scenario editor, which has never before been offered in a LucasArts Star Wars game. The scenario editor will enable players to generate and share their own custom single and multi-player missions. Players can choose from virtually any Star Wars element, including favorite vehicles, units, characters, locations and time periods, to create new campaigns and a legacy of their own that they can play online with friends… or rivals.  Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds is expected for release winter 2001 for Windows PC.

Al Wildey


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