News Archive for September 2001

Welcome to Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds Heaven
[Posted by AoErat, 9.30.2001 @ 10:06:AM]

Welcome to Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds Heaven

Here you will be able to find up-to-date news, complete information, and community features such as forums. Our game information is being constantly updated as new data is released. Expect to see the latest screenshots and media, as well as articles on various aspects of SWGB. Plans are in motion for a competitve gaming league, as well as game-related tools, so check by for that too.

If you browse around the site, you will see that there is already a wealth of information available. Be sure to visit the forums.

Lastly, I'd like to thank you for visiting on behalf of Angel Zen, Angel Spineman, and myself.

All Buildings Listed & New Demo Screenshots
[Posted by AoErat, 9.29.2001 @ 11:36:PM]

Every building from SWGB has been listed in the Buildings Section, and a couple more Demo Screenshots have been added.

Also - for those of you that have the demo or are thinking about getting it - try multiplayer, there are more than 100 people there at any time.

Demo Screenshots
[Posted by AoErat, 9.28.2001 @ 11:00:PM]

New Image section: Demo Screens. Only six as of now, but there'll soon be more.

First Impressions ... this ain't Force Commander!
[Posted by AoErat, 9.27.2001 @ 11:00:PM]

So far, so good. I've been playing the demo non-stop, and everything has worked out pretty well. The single player is a bit short, but multiplayer is great. For all you non-demo people, I'll be posting a gallery of screenshots within the next day.

DEMO OUT!
[Posted by AoErat, 9.27.2001 @ 11:00:PM]

Go get the demo here (www.gamespot.com)
In the demo, you play as the Empire, against the Rebel Alliance. The demo includes multiplayer support, in which you can play as either the Empire or the Rebellion.
Have fun!

Demo Coming Today & Chat with Garry Gaber on Oct 9 & possible early release date
[Posted by AoErat, 9.27.2001 @ 11:00:PM]

Lots of news today. The demo of SWGB is scheduled for release today, so check by lucasarts.com. It is not out as of this news posting, but you can expect another news post shortly after it is released. Thanks to galacticbattles.com for verifying this information.
Quoted from lucasarts mailing list:

LucasArts Insider Exclusive -- The destiny of a galaxy hangs in the balance, and you are in command! LucasArts.com is pleased to announce that the playable demo for Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds will be available for download on Friday, September 28th. Prepare to be thrust into an epic battle between the Galactic Empire and the Rebel Alliance! Visit LucasArts.com to check out the system requirements and take the Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds tour.

The second news item involves a chat with Garry Gaber, lead design of SWGB. This event will occur on October 9, 2001, 6-7 pm, at the lucasarts site.
Quoted from lucasarts mailing list:
LucasArts.com will be hosting our second chat event with Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds Director, Garry Gaber. The chat will take place on Tuesday, October 9th from 6-7 pm. Mark you calendar, pass the word and get your questions ready!
gamespot.com says that SWGB is set to be released around November 12, but could be released as much as a week earlier. Hope they have that balancing fine-tuned by then.

Nine New Screenshots
[Posted by AoErat, 9.25.2001 @ 11:00:PM]

Lucasarts has released nine (9) new screenshots. Check them out in the Screenshot Gallery. The new units pictured have been added to the Unit Section.

Official System Requirements
[Posted by AoErat, 9.24.2001 @ 11:00:PM]

Lucasarts has posted the official system requirements for SWGB on their website.

Operating System: Windows 95, 98, 2000 Millennium and XP.
Computer: 100% DirectX compatible computer required.
CPU: Pentium II or Athlon class 233 MHz or faster CPU required.
Memory: 32 MB RAM required. 64 MB RAM recommended. 96 MB RAM recommended for Windows 2000 and Windows XP users.
Graphics Card: 2 MB PCI or AGP graphics card required. 4 MB graphics card recommended.
Sound Card: 100% DirectX compatible 16-bit sound card required
CD-ROM: Quad Speed IDE or SCSI CD-ROM drive required.
Input Device: 100% Direct Input compatible keyboard or mouse required.
DirectX: Microsoft DirectX 8.0a is included on this CD. You will be prompted to install DirectX during the installation of this game if a more recent version isn't already properly installed on your system. Please refer to the Installation and DirectX Setup sections of this Troubleshooting Guide for more information about DirectX.
NOTE: DirectX may require the "latest" updates for your operating system. This may also include the latest drivers for your particular sound and video hardware.
Multiplayer Support
Pentium II or Athlon class 266 MHz or faster recommended for Multiplayer.
Local Area Network Play: Supports up to 8 players via IPX* or TCP/IP Local Area Network.
Internet Play: Supports up to 8 players via 28.8Kbps or faster connection to the Internet.
Modem-to-Modem Play: Supports 2 players via 28.8Kbps or faster modem.
Direct Serial Play: Supports 2 players via Null Modem Cable
To play on the Zone.com, you need to have one of the following Web browsers: Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 or later software or Netscape Communicator 4.0 or later.
Thanks to GalacticBattles.com for the news tip-off.

Four page ad in CGW
[Posted by AoErat, 9.24.2001 @ 11:00:PM]

The latest issue of Computer Gaming World (magazine publication - issue 208) has a four page ad for SWGB, featuring Darth Vader, Princess Leia, Darth Sidious, and Queen Amidala. There is one new screenshot in the ad that shows the Trade Federation's Blaster Cannon unpacked - it's huge! It also pictures some sort of small Trade Federation hover-craft piloted by a Battle Droid.

GamespotUK Interviews Gary Gaber - design lead for SWGB
[Posted by AoErat, 9.22.2001 @ 11:00:PM]

GamespotUK has posted a fairly informative three-page interview of Gary Gaber, design lead of SWGB. It focuses mostly on the game engine's features and changes from AoK. Here is an interesting quote:

GSUK: Have any of the new units been sourced from comics or books?
GG: Wherever we could, we did. Things like the ATP actually are taken from comic books - we used concept art. The AT-ST - actually, the un-upgraded AT-ST - is from the original concept art for the AT-ST for Empire Strikes Back. But on the side of the Wookies there was very little source material, and so we've basically created all that from scratch.

So it looks like we can expect to see lots of non-canon units running around in fan-made scenarios, if not even in the offical campaigns.

Various Tidbits
[Posted by AoErat, 9.21.2001 @ 11:00:PM]

There are several minor news items today:
1) Ask Lucasarts questions about their products here. What does this have to do with GB? The first question deals with the issue of an expansion pack for GB. Check it out.
2) Added a couple more preview links.
3) There are going to be big changes in this site in the next few days - be sure to check by and see.
4) New site feature - see the site stats on the left. 77 listed units already. :)
That's all for now folks.

GamesDomain Interview with SWGB Design Head
[Posted by AoErat, 9.19.2001 @ 11:00:PM]

GamesDomain has interviewed the Design Lead of SWGB. It's a pretty interesting interview - check it out here.
Here is some good news from the interview:

"Games Domain: How complete is the title right now? GG: We're about two or three weeks from QA, which means we're polishing currently. I would say pretty damn complete!"

Thanks to galacticbattles.com and [IU]Destroyer23 for this news tidbit.

Pre-Order SWGB
[Posted by AoErat, 9.18.2001 @ 11:00:PM]

You can now pre-order SWGB directly from Lucasarts for $49.95 (US). Also, get:

you get the collectible signed box and exclusive dog tags
- lucasarts.com

New Screenshots
[Posted by AoErat, 9.17.2001 @ 11:00:PM]

GamespotUK has posted a nicely uninformed "preview" of SWGB. (here)
On the bright side though, they also posted 10 new screenshots which can be found on their site - or here very shortly.

Site Updates and PVP
[Posted by AoErat, 9.14.2001 @ 11:00:PM]

All new units from the recently released screenshots have been added to the units section. Also, several building pages have been updated, most notably the Fortress.Check out the PVP comic in the latest edition of PC Gamer (vol 8 num 11) - it features SWGB.

New Info and Screens!
[Posted by AoErat, 9.14.2001 @ 11:00:PM]

Check out Gamesdomain's preview of SWGB. Sixteen (16) new screenshots have been added to the Screenshots Section, including first-time shots of the before-game interface.The site will be updated with new unit and buildings listings shortly, so check back.

Trandoshan Building Art
[Posted by AoErat, 9.13.2001 @ 11:00:PM]

Check out the newly released Trandoshan building concept art in the Concept Art Section. My guess is that they are generic buildings for campaign and scenario use.

Site Update
[Posted by AoErat, 9.7.2001 @ 11:00:PM]

All discernable new units and buildings have been added to the building and unit sections. We now list over 70 SWGB units, and almost 20 buildings.

Big update on Offical SWGB Site
[Posted by AoErat, 9.6.2001 @ 11:00:PM]

Check out the SWGB Tour on the offical site, and read Designer Diary #3. Lots of pretty screenshots for your eyes to feast upon, and the Designer Diary is a good read. Imperial Garrison will have all the new screenshots, units, and buildings posted shortly, so check back in a bit for that. :) Thanks to galacticbattles.com for the tip-off.