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Empire Strikes Brick In Lego Star Wars II

LucasArts and TT Games announced their plans to release LEGO STAR WARS II: THE ORIGINAL TRILOGY [working title], the sequel to one of the best-selling videogames of 2005. Created by TT Games and developed by Traveller's Tales, LEGO STAR WARS II is slated for release this fall across seven platforms PlayStation 2, Sony PSP, Xbox, Nintendo GameCube, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Game Boy Advance and Windows.

With a comical take on the STAR WARS trilogy, LEGO STAR WARS II follows the Rebel Alliance's battle to dismantle the Galactic Empire and rebuild a galaxy in pieces. From Darth Vader's pursuit of Princess Leia aboard her Blockade Runner to a showdown on the reconstructed Death Star, the game includes the same family-friendly LEGO action, puzzles and humor as the original LEGO STAR WARS.

For the first time, levels feature vehicles and creatures that players can ride or exit at will. Also, in LEGO STAR WARS II's Free Play mode, gamers can customize more than 50 new playable characters by mixing and matching body parts, to build their own LEGO STAR WARS heroes. Moreover, on certain platforms, a game save from the first LEGO STAR WARS can unlock as many as 56 additional characters for Free Play. Other additions include the ability to Free Play with vehicles, new character-specific attacks and maneuvers, playable mini-kit vehicles, an optional advanced mode for experienced players and more.

"Whether it was your first gaming experience or you've played everything released since Pong, the first LEGO STAR WARS was one of those rare video games that everyone enjoyed," said Jim Ward, president of LucasArts. "With LEGO STAR WARS II, LucasArts is working with TT Games and Traveller's Tales not only to set players loose through the original three chapters of the STAR WARS Saga, but also to make this feel like the true sequel our fans have been clamoring for."

"TT Games is delighted to have formed a partnership with LucasArts for LEGO STAR WARS II," said Tom Stone, md of TT Games. "The first game was an absolute joy to work on, and we're excited to deliver even more fun and creativity, this time with more features to work on and the original trilogy as the game's focus."

Distributed by Eidos Interactive, the original LEGO STAR WARS was the #13 best-selling videogame of 2005 (according to NPD Funworld) with more than 2.5 million copes sold worldwide. Its awards include G4 Videogame TV's Best Adaptation of 2005 at the G-Phoria Video Game Awards, IGN.com's Best Platform Game, GameSpot.com's Best Use of Creative License, and it was one of 1UP.com's Hidden Gems of the Year. To date the first game has sold more than 3.3 million units worldwide.

LucasArts, a Lucasfilm Ltd. company, is a leading developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software worldwide for videogame console systems, computers and the Internet. Based in San Francisco, California, as well as on the Internet at www.lucasarts.com, LucasArts was created in 1982 by George Lucas to provide an interactive element to his vision of a state-of-the-art, multifaceted entertainment company.

Based in Beaconsfield, England, TT Games Ltd. is the only publisher to specialize in computer and videogames for young gamers and their families.

Amaze Ent. is one of the world's largest independent interactive game development companies. Founded in 1996, the Amaze Ent. now employs almost 200 interactive game creators.

The LEGO Co. (www.lego.com) is a privately held, family-owned company, based in Billund, Denmark. The company is one of the world's leading manufacturers of play materials for children, employing approximately 8,000 people globally. The LEGO Company is committed to the development of children's creative and imaginative abilities.

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