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Lucas' Empire Strikes Again

Techstination feature for Friday, October 28, 2005

Lucas' Empire strikes again. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. LucasArts….the gaming division of George Lucas' empire…..releases Star Wars Battlefront II next week….a sequel to the best selling Star Wars game of all time. John Geoghegan is VP of global marketing and sales….

"It's really a step up from the original game. You can fight in space, you can play as a Jedi, you can also play all of the classic scenes from Episode III. It's got multiplayer, I think it's up to 16 players on multiplayer. And so basically for us, it's taking the original idea of playing anywhere you want and expanding it to space and playing as a Jedi and classic scenes from Episode III."

There are versions for the Xbox, PlayStation II and for the first time, the PlayStation Portable…

"People who own the PSP are already console players, but they like to have a portable version of the game to take with them. One thing we did with Battlefront II is we built a special version just for the PSP. It's not simply a port of the PS2 game."

LucasArts is hoping that will entice some game players…to buy the PSP version in addition to the console game. Battlefront I sold more than 3 and a half million copies…and LucasArts thinks Battlefront II….timed to the release of Star Wars Episode III on DVD….may sell even more. Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.