Activision and LucasArts confirm that the Jedi Knights will rise again SANTA MONICA, Calif., March 30, 2007: Four years after the best-selling Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy took the FPS genre by storm, LucasArts have finally revealed that the millions of fans crying out for a continuation are not being ignored. The later adventures of Kyle Katarn and his fellow Jedi will be depicted in a new multi-format adventure currently only known by it's working title: "Dark Forces: Praxeum". The player will take on the role of a currently unnamed Jedi Knight and will travel across several worlds, completing various missions. A pre-game menu will allow the selection of many custom elements ranging from species, appearance, outfits, lightsaber, and several voice sets. Prominently affecting gameplay will be the new inventory and skill systems, allowing players to utilise various tools and upgrades during their missions and upgrade their Force abilities depending on the situation. "We wanted to shy away from the precedents set in Jedi Outcast and Jedi Academy," claimed Simon Jeffery, President of LucasArts. "Instead, we revisited Dark Forces 2 in order to expand on our older philosophies. Many inherent features of Dark Forces 2 will be reintroduced, effectively placing the player in a living, changing world rather than a linear chain of levels. Problems which only had one solution before will now have many, and objectives won't care how you fulfill them, as long as they are ultimately fulfilled. We want the player to control their own destiny and be immersed in a world without rules and without boundaries. Hopefully, we'll be able to deliver a true Jedi experience." Raven Software will not be developing this title, with LucasArts instead opting for in-house development. The game will be based on a highly modified Doom 3 engine utilising Havok physics, which will give our developerment team an inherent ability to recreate reality as they see fit. "Dark Forces: Praxeum" is expected to be released Fall 2008 for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, with a spin-off title following the story of the main antagonist released for the Nintendo Wii shortly afterwards. The game will be published and distributed by LucasArts in North America, whereas Activision will handle distribution in the rest of the world. About LucasArts LucasArts Entertainment Company LLC is a leading developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software worldwide. Based in San Rafael, Calif., LucasArts is one of five companies in the Lucas group, which include Lucasfilm Ltd., Lucas Digital Ltd. LLC, Lucas Licensing Ltd., and Lucas Online. Lucasfilm is one of the leading film and entertainment companies in the world. Lucasfilm's businesses include George Lucas' film and television production and distribution activities. Lucas Digital, which consists of Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) and Skywalker Sound, provides visual effects and audio post-production services to the entertainment industry. Lucas Licensing is responsible for the merchandising of all Lucasfilm's film and television properties. Lucas Online is a digital destination for entertainment, education, reference and e-commerce for Lucasfilm's intellectual properties and business units. About Activision Activision, Inc is a leading international publisher of interactive entertainment software products. The company maintains a diverse portfolio of products that span a wide range of categories and target markets and can be used on a variety of game hardware platforms and operating systems. The company has created, licensed and acquired a group of highly recognisable brands that it markets to a growing variety of consumer demographics.We'll bring you more details on this as and when we get them, so stay tuned!
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