San Francisco, CA (April 6, 2005) – The world's most popular film series joins with the world's most beloved toy maker to create LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game. Eidos plc (Nasdaq: EIDSY), one of the world's leading publishers and developers of entertainment software and Giant Interactive Entertainment today announced that LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game is now available for the PlayStation2 computer entertainment system, Xbox video game system from Microsoft, PC and Game Boy Advance platforms.
Created by Giant Interactive Entertainment, Ltd. and Traveller's Tales, LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game features a unique game world and characters built from virtual LEGO blocks. Within the game, players relive the most memorable scenes from the most recent Star Wars movies, The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, and the forthcoming film Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith.
"LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game literally combines the 'force' of two childhood powerhouses, LEGO and Star Wars, to create an action-adventure title designed to appeal to everyone, especially young game players," said Jefferson Dong, global brand manager, Eidos. "Anyone who has ever known the joy of building with LEGO blocks or been entranced by Star Wars will find themselves drawn in by this game."
Gamers can play as more than 40 of their favorite Star Wars characters through more than 18 levels, experiencing the complete storyline of the first three movies in the Star Wars saga with plenty of action, puzzles, and unique LEGO Star Wars humor. Additionally, players can enjoy a two-player cooperative play mode that lets a second player drop in and out of the action without interrupting gameplay.
From Podracing on Tatooine and the battle to repel the droid onslaught on Geonosis, to Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon's fateful fight with Darth Maul, LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game provides a startlingly immersive Star Wars experience, with the added unique take on the Star Wars fantasy that the LEGO toy line brings. LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game carries an "E" rating.
"Eidos has created an extensive and diverse channel merchandising program that leverages the strength and popularity of two of the world's greatest brands, LEGO and Star Wars," said Paul Baldwin, vice president of marketing at Eidos.
LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game is available today at nearby stores and online retailers throughout North America for the PlayStation2 computer entertainment system, Xbox video game system from Microsoft, PC and Game Boy Advance. The game is available for an MSRP of $29.99 for PC and Game Boy Advance and $39.99 for PlayStation2 and Xbox. The PC version, with cutting-edge graphics technology developed in conjunction with NVIDIA, is compatible with Windows XP/2000 and requires a Pentium III 1 GHz or equivalent processor.
Eidos plc is one of the world's leading publishers and developers of entertainment software. Eidos develops and publishes a diverse mix of titles for the PC, PlayStation2 computer entertainment system, Nintendo GameCube and the Xbox video game system from Microsoft. For more information on Eidos and its products visit http://www.eidos.com
Based in Beaconsfield, England, Giant Interactive Entertainment Ltd. is the only publisher to specialize exclusively in computer and video games for young gamers and their families. http://www.giantentertainment.com.
About Traveller's Tales
One of the world's leading independent game developers, Traveller's Tales has over 15 years of experience in creating best-selling titles on a wide variety of gaming platforms. http://www.t-tales.com.
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