Though theres scores of new massively multiplayer online RPGs currently slated for release in 2003, none are as highly anticipated as LucasArts and Sony Online Entertainments Star Wars Galaxies.
Star Wars Galaxies has been a long time coming, and considering that the game is a joint effort between LucasArts and Sony Online Entertainment, the latter of which is responsible for the most high-profile massively multiplayer online RPG to date, EverQuest, expectations are understandably high. Like EverQuest, Star Wars Galaxies allows players to assume an alternate identity in a persistent virtual world, interacting with other players, non-player characters, and engaging in battle with the monsters that populate the virtual world. Though, in the case of Star Wars Galaxies, there will be more than one virtual world for you to explore. At this time, the game is planned to have ten different worlds, including such Star Wars hot spots as Endor, Naboo, Tatooine, and Yavin 4.
Though some features promised by the developer earlier in the development process have since been pulled, like the ability for you to pilot both earthbound and interstellar crafts, there will still be plenty of activities to keep you busy in Star Wars Galaxies. Aside from the usual adventuring and combat against monsters that has become a staple of most MMORPGs, youll be able to build your own structures and engage in non-violent activities such honing your skills as an entertainer, armor smith, medic, miner, or a scout. These are just a few examples, as there will be almost 30 different specialized professions that will be offered by Star War Galaxies.
By combining the popular mythos of the Star Wars universe with the addictive gameplay elements of MMORPGs like EverQuest, Star Wars Galaxies is all but guaranteed to be one of the biggest online RPGs of the year. LucasArts will be showing off a fresh new build of the game at this years E3.