'Sith Lords' Due In December


The News Robot
LucasArts announced that it will release the Xbox version of Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords in December 2004, two months earlier than planned, according to a press release on the company's Web site. "We were hoping we could bring the Xbox platform into December but did not want to make the formal announcement until we knew an earlier ship date would not compromise the quality of The Sith Lords," producer Mike Gallo said in a statement. "We recently completed a very important milestone which confirmed we can confidently do this."

Developed by Obsidian Entertainment, the highly anticipated follow-up to the popular Knights of the Old Republic video game, will feature a new and perilous storyline set approximately 4,000 years before Star Wars: Episode I, the company said. Players will be able to choose from three different classes of Jedi to start the game and can follow the light or the dark side of the Force based on their character's actions. Memorable characters from the first game will make cameo appearances to enhance the continuity and story flow. The PC platform and international versions will still launch in February of 2005, as originally announced.