LucasArts has unveiled its E3 line-up for 2004, and as you might imagine what with Episode III about a year away, the Force is somewhat strong in this one. In fact, four of the five titles mentioned in this week's Lucasrelease are Star Wars-based, including the one we've all been waiting for, Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords, which will be officially unveiled at the show and should launch in the States next February on Xbox and PC. Then again, if you read our preview, you already knew that.
The other members of the Force-some foursome are naturally Star Wars: Battlefront (Pandemic's Battlefield-alike Star Wars multiplayer shooter), Star Wars: Republic Commando (which seemed a lot darker in the trailers, and thanks to its Xbox/PC target platforms can afford to throw around a lot more polygons), and the recently-announced Star Wars Galaxies: Jump to Lightspeed (which introduces space exploration and combat to the Star Wars-themed MMORPG).
For one reason or other though, it's the other game on the list that we're most keen to clap eyes on. Mercenaries, another Pandemic production, has gamers working as a gun-for-hire in post-war North Korea, and has been variously described as Grand Theft Auto meets Counter-Strike. You can read more about it in our recent preview, and if you like the idea of hugely destructible environments, freeform action-based gameplay and working for whichever side suits your moral alignment, then keep an eye open next week when we hope to report on the game from the show floor.
LucasArts' E3 line-up (Booth #153, Concourse Hall)
- Mercenaries (PS2, Xbox)
- Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords (Xbox, PC)
- Star Wars: Battlefront (PS2, Xbox, PC)
- Star Wars Galaxies: Jump to Lightspeed (PC)
- Star Wars: Republic Commando (PC, Xbox)