Star Wars: The Old Republic Preview

Bioware is trying its hand at the World of Warcraft dominated MMO genre with Star Wars: The Old Republic. The Old Republic is an MMO set in the Star Wars universe made famous by Knights of the Old Republic, a Bioware RPG released for the original Xbox and PC platforms. Set thousands of years before the events of the Star Wars movies, The Old Republic focuses on conflict between the Republic and the Sith Empire.

The Old Republic is a very ambitious title: Bioware isn’t making a WoW clone with a new setting. Instead, Bioware is working to bring their morally ambigious RPG storylines to the massively multiplayer genre, by allowing players several choices throughout each of the many, many quests that comprise the game’s storyline.

Bioware has also confirmed that the entire game will be voice acted, a huge feat that has never been done before in MMOs. This commitment to voice acting shows just how much Bioware is emphasizing the importance of narrative in The Old Republic. The CGI trailer they released at E3 2009, which you can view below, certainly has an epic quality to it that seems more coherent and gripping than any of the plotlines in Episodes I, II or III.

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As in other MMOs, there are several classes that the player can choose from, including bounty hunters, smugglers, soldiers, and of course Jedi and Sith. Now, before you ask why anyone would want to play a grunt when they could play a Jedi, remember that these are elites, more like Boba Fett and Han Solo than an average Stormtrooper. Each class has their own advantages and disadvantages, based on their archetypes from the Star Wars movies.

Normally, I’d be skeptical about an MMO’s chances of success against the world-beating WoW. But Bioware seems to really know what they are doing, and with the juggernaut of Electronic Arts supporting them, they might have a chance against Blizzard’s prized MMO after all. Bioware is trying to bring the moral ambiguity and freedom that makes its RPGs so excellent to the MMO genre, and early impressions from The Old Republic seem to indicate that they’ve done a better job than most might have expected.

No release date has been announced for Star Wars: The Old Republic.


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  1. I wonder if the Jedi/Sith thing will be like, the same class at selection, but your choices determine what powers you get. Since Jedi have to be prestigious members of the universe, and downright Paladins, I can imagine people turning Sith after partying with a ninja looter.

  2. I’m not big on subscription based MMOs myself (If I’m paying 15 bucks a month for one game, it better be the most insanely incredible game ever made), but I have to say this one looks and sounds promising so far.

    Hopefully they’ll remove all of the limits games like WoW have that prevent people from doing things that are actually fun. Like if you’re a bounty hunter like Boba Fett, you should be able to fly down in your jetpack, steal any loot other people have got from a kill, and then fly away. That’s like the whole point of having a jetpack in my eyes.

  3. Frankly, this is one I’ll pass on. It doesn’t really excite me, and I prefer the Jedi world to these previous guys. I guess I’m just a Jedi gal at heart.

  4. As a giant RPG and Star Wars Fan, myself – i’m awaiting the game patiently.. Considering Star Wars:KOTOR were my favorite RPG series ever..

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