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November 1995

Star Wars: Rebel Assault II: The Hidden Empire is a 1995 video game developed by LucasArts. It is the sequel to Star Wars: Rebel Assault, set in the Star Wars expanded universe.

The player character, Rookie One, commands ships like a YT-1300 Corellian Transport, a B-wing, and a Y-wing, and encounters new opponents, including TIE Interceptors. The fly videos seem to move and rotate according to controller inputs, creating the illusion of steering the ship (which in reality is following a 'rail' in a pre-rendered course).

It contains mostly original filming with actors and stunts, while the scenery and the space scenes were 3D rendered. According to LucasArts' magazine, The Adventurer, the game was the first media to incorporate live-action actors and footage in the Star Wars universe since Return of the Jedi. The game makes use of the INSANE game engine.

Skywalker Sound probably provided Sound Design services and Ben Burtt was the Original Sound Designer, who were both left uncredited. Larry the O was the Sound Designer.

Storyline

When a Rebel patrol goes missing in the Dreighton Nebula, Rebel pilot Rookie One heads out to investigate and discovers a large Imperial presence in the area. With the help of his fellow Rebels, Rookie One uncovers a plan by Darth Vader to destroy the Alliance by developing an army of "cloaked" Phantom TIE Fighters.

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