The Force is strong with this one…

As you can tell by the title, this post is going to be about Star Wars.

Now, as an avid gamer, I’m a huge Star Wars geek almost by default. I love the series (yes even the prequels) to a fault it, seems. For as long as I can remember, Vader has been badass numero uno in my book.

Star Wars has always had a love-hate relationship with the video game industry. There have been some great games, such as Shadow of the Empire, the Jedi Knights games, and The Force Unleashed(A sequel was just revealed at the VGAs! Who’s giddy? That’s right, this guy!)

Some, however… not so much. Namely anything that includes Jar-Jar Binks.

One series that has really done well for itself is The Knights of the Old Republic. Currently there are two games in the series:

Knights of the Old Republic

Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords

Both are RPGs set in the Star Wars universe. The first was developed by BioWare and the second by Obsidian (BioWare was developing Jade Empire at the time but still provided consulting and the game engine from the first game).

Each game is set about 3,000 years before the events of A New Hope (hence the name OLD Republic). Both games help chronicle the Jedi Civil War and the aftermath. A lot of Jedi became corrupt and turned to the dark side of the Force to become Sith, so the Sith Empire battled the Jedi and Republic to try to control the galaxy. The Jedi were crippled but, were able to defeat the Sith and save the Republic.

Now I know what you’re thinking, “When are you getting to the point!?”

Well, here’s the news! LucasArts has teamed up with BioWare again to create a new and ambitious MMO based, on The Knights of the Old Republic, called The Old Republic!

What’s that you say?  Star Wars already has an MMO?  True, Star Wars: Galaxies is an MMO made to fulfill our fantasies of living in the Star Wars world (you know you had a thing for Twi’leks.)

However, it wasn’t quite epic enough. And trust me, The Old Republic is shaping up to be EPIC. Just check out the cinematic trailer…

Now if only they put that kind of effort into the prequels…

The setting of The Old Republic takes place about 300 years after the events of The Sith Lords. So still roughly 3,000 years before the original trilogy.

In The Old Republic, the Sith have returned in full force to destroy the Jedi and take from them the Republic. You can choose between two factions, the Sith Empire or the Galactic Republic and there are four classes for each faction. The Republic forces include the Republic Trooper, the Smuggler, Jedi Knight, and Jedi Consular. The Sith have the Bounty Hunter, Imperial Agent, Sith Warrior, and Sith Inquisitor.

LucasArts and BioWare have already shown off some gameplay and several features of what will be included in the game. The biggest, and most ambitious, feature being added to this MMO will be that the entire game will be fully voiced.

Yes you read correctly, every in-game character, NPCs or player characters, will have full voice overs.

You see!? EPIC!

I hope that I have wetted your taste buds with this info so far. In the next post, I’ll give you all the details on character classes, planets, and in-game features.

Until then which side will you choose?  Light or Dark?

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~ by th3niz on 12/18/2009.

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