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Star Wars Galaxies expands again

Episode III Rage of the Wookiees takes the MMO into Chewie territory; preorders for digital download begin in April.


Laugh it up, fuzzballs. LucasArts and Sony Online Entertainment today announced Star Wars Galaxies: Episode III Rage of the Wookiees (working title) as the next expansion to the Star Wars-themed massively multiplayer online title Star Wars Galaxies. Rage of the Wookiees will be available for digital download for $24.95 on May 5. Preorders will begin in early April.

The second expansion of Galaxies, after Jump to Lightspeed, will feature content featured in the upcoming film Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith. More than 100 missions will take place on the Wookie homeworld of Kashyyyk, which was also featured in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, in Trandoshan slave camps, and the grasslands of the Rodians. Gamers will be able to defend Chewbacca's kin, or turn their guns on them and join Imperial forces to help the Trandoshans enslave the hirsute beasts.

The title will also feature several gameplay additions and improvements. Anakin Skywalker's Jedi starfighter will be one of the new playable vehicles from the new movie, and characters can now be enhanced with cybernetic parts to be more effective in combat. Entrepreneurial gamers can now dig up some cash by mining asteroids and selling their lodes to merchants. There will also be an all-new combat system, complete with new weapons, armor, and user-interface.

To take a peek at Star Wars Galaxies: Episode III Rage of the Wookiees, check out the new screenshots, just released today.

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