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"A Jedi's strength flows from the Force. But beware of the dark side."

Inspired by the success of the Jedi Knight action game series, LucasArts announced the long awaited sequel, Star Wars Jedi Outcast: Jedi Knight II. The return to one of interactive entertainment's most successful game series will feature a partnership between LucasArts and Activision, Inc., through its developer Raven Software, which will result in the incorporation of the QUAKE III Arena engine in the development of Jedi Outcast. 

Star Wars Jedi Outcast: Jedi Knight II is a dynamic single and multiplayer game that continues the saga of the once-powerful Jedi Knight, Kyle Katarn, as he struggles with the power–-and dangers–-of the Force. Through a multitude of complex and richly detailed Star Wars environments players face a variety of powerful enemies and once again fight for the Rebel cause. Armed with the power of the Force and an arsenal of weapons, including the signature lightsaber, players hold the fate of the Star Wars galaxy–-and the destiny of Kyle Katarn–-in their hands.

"In striking this alliance with Activision's partner Raven Software, LucasArts is aligning itself with one of interactive entertainment's foremost developers in the action game genre," says Simon Jeffery, president of LucasArts. "LucasArts selected Raven to develop Star Wars Jedi Outcast: Jedi Knight II because they're absolutely at the top of their game and have few peers in this industry."

"Given the strength of the Quake III engine and Raven's widely recognized expertise in action games, Star Wars Jedi Outcast: Jedi Knight II will be a very worthy successor to one of gaming's benchmark titles. Simply put, this title will blow gamers away," says Simon Etchells, LucasArts' global marketing manager for Star Wars Jedi Outcast: Jedi Knight II.

Star Wars Jedi Outcast: Jedi Knight II picks up several years after Katarn successfully avenged his father and defended the Valley of the Jedi from powerful Jerec and his group of Dark Jedi. Katarn has since abandoned his allegiance to the Force for fear that he might fall prey to the temptations of the dark side. However, as fate would have it, Katarn learns of a powerful new Dark Jedi who must be prevented from creating a technology to harness the power of the Force. His destiny and the future of the Star Wars galaxy once again hang in the balance as he confronts his dark past to face another overwhelming evil.

Players of Star Wars Jedi Outcast: Jedi Knight II have an expanded and enhanced use of the Force, including Heal, Jump, Speed, Force Push, Force Lightning, and Jedi Mind Tricks. Depending on the situation, whether in combat or stealth, players also have a variety of weapons–-old and new–-at their disposal, including the lightsaber, Bryar blaster pistol, blaster rifle, stun baton, Wookiee bowcaster, and thermal detonators.

With the modified QUAKE III Arena engine, Jedi Knight II implements a multitude of enhancements such as more highly detailed graphics and a greater sense of overall scale. Star Wars Jedi Outcast: Jedi Knight II features several locations, including Cloud City, the Jedi Knight Academy on Yavin 4, Nar Shaddaa, the smugglers' moon, and more.

Al Wildey


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