Star Wars: The Old Republic

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Star Wars: The Old Republic

Post by Jedi Power » Tue Oct 21, 2008 6:34 pm

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LucasArts and BioWareTM, a division of Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS), today announced the development of Star Wars®: The Old RepublicTM, a story-driven massively multiplayer online PC game set in the timeframe of the Star Wars®: Knights of the Old RepublicTM franchise. Star Wars: The Old Republic, being developed and published by BioWare and LucasArts, represents an innovative approach to interactive entertainment, featuring immersive storytelling, dynamic combat and intelligent companion characters.

In Star Wars: The Old Republic, players will explore an age thousands of years before the rise of Darth Vader when war between the Old Republic and the Sith Empire divides the galaxy. Players can choose to play as Jedi, Sith, or a variety of other classic Star Wars roles, defining their personal story and determining their path down the light or dark side of the Force. Along the way, players will befriend courageous companions who will fight at their side or possibly betray them, based on the players’ actions. Players can also choose to team up with friends to battle enemies and overcome incredible challenges using dynamic Star Wars combat.

"Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is the most critically acclaimed Star Wars game in LucasArts history and a preeminent example of our company’s interactive storytelling heritage," said Darrell Rodriguez, President of LucasArts. "For a long time, we’ve long wanted to return to the franchise in a grand way, and we felt that the best setting for it was an online world that would allow millions of people to participate in the experience together. We knew that the developer capable of working with us to deliver an engrossing story with a fully-realized online world was BioWare."

"Traditionally, massively multiplayer online games have been about three basic gameplay pillars - combat, exploration and character progression," said Dr. Ray Muzyka, Co-Founder and General Manager/CEO of BioWare and General Manager/Vice President of Electronic Arts Inc., "In Star Wars: The Old Republic, we’re fusing BioWare’s heritage of critically-acclaimed storytelling with the amazing pedigree of Lucasfilm and LucasArts, and adding a brand-new fourth pillar to the equation - story. At the same time, we will still deliver all the fun features and activities that fans have come to expect in a AAA massively multiplayer online game. To top it all off, Star Wars: The Old Republic is set in a very exciting, dynamic period in the Star Wars universe."

Added Dr. Greg Zeschuk, Co-Founder and Vice President Development Operations, BioWare and Vice President, Electronic Arts Inc., "Star Wars: The Old Republic is set roughly 300 years after the events of Knights of the Old Republic, a timeframe that is completely unexplored in the lore. BioWare has been able to add to the Star Wars history in developing the game’s story and has created an overarching narrative that players can enjoy, regardless of their play style. Our goal is to offer players an emotionally rewarding experience that combines the traditional elements of MMO gameplay with innovations in story and character development."

Additional details on Star Wars: The Old Republic features, gameplay and release date will be announced at a later time. For more information about Star Wars: The Old Republic and to sign up for future product updates, please visit www.StarWarsTheOldRepublic.com.
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Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic

Post by Craig » Fri Oct 24, 2008 2:59 am

Sounds interesting. Times like these I wish I had broadband.

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Post by viper2843 » Fri Oct 24, 2008 6:20 pm

Craig wrote:Sounds interesting. Times like these I wish I had broadband.
Is broadband hard to get where you live?
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Post by Craig » Sun Oct 26, 2008 2:39 am

It's not hard to get at all. It just costs over twice as much as Dial-up, so for the amount and type of use I get out of it, it seems exorbitant.

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Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic

Post by Jedi Jin Su » Thu Oct 30, 2008 1:48 pm

I felt the same way Craig, until I got it. It is worth the cost.
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Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic

Post by Doze » Fri Oct 31, 2008 3:38 pm

PC only? I'm out...
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Post by viper2843 » Sat Nov 01, 2008 12:49 pm

Are you out because you don't have a Windows PC (Mac/Linux user) or that you don't like PC games and like console games better?
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Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic

Post by Doze » Mon Nov 03, 2008 1:35 pm

I have an older computer and play my games on the Xbox 360. I don't like the direction LucasArts is taking with bring games to one system and not another. The Force Unleashed was not brought out to the PC because most PC's could not handle the programs that the 360 Xbox and PS3 can. Not my words but LucasArts. Then turn around with what looks like a really cool MMO and it is only for the PC... what? I'm out...
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Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic

Post by Doze » Tue Dec 02, 2008 1:22 pm

SPOILER!!!!!

Allakhazam.com interviews Bioware Community Manager, Seal Dahlberg:

Tamat: "Let’s start off with some basic information about the games storyline? Can you give us an overview of what’s happening in The Old Republic?"

Sean: "Well, after ending the very war he began - by defeating Darth Malak and destroying the Star Forge- Revan was welcomed back into the Jedi Order. He soon after departed for the Unknown Regions and some believe that he left on a solitary quest to defeat a long-hidden threat to the Republic. What exactly happened to Revan after that is yet a mystery but the Galactic Empire knew relative peace for hundreds of years.

Then without warning, the mighty Sith Empire launched a surprise assault and quickly captured key sections of the galaxy. Where did this Sith Empire come from? During the Great Hyperspace War, the Jedi believed they wiped out the Sith. Unbeknown to them, the last Emperor of the Sith escaped. They licked their wounds, grew in power, and after the next thousand years, learned about the Galactic Republic when two Jedi came upon them.

The Sith Empire returned with a vengeance and after numerous bloody battles, the Sith engaged the Republic in peace talks.

During these talks, the Sith actually sacked the Republic's capital planet Coruscant and held it hostage while the negotiations took place. And thus the Treaty of Coruscant was signed, giving the Sith control to several outlying star systems and leaving the Republic and Empire in a cold war of sorts."

More this at: http://www.allakhazam.com/story.html?story=15999
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Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic

Post by Jedi Power » Fri Dec 12, 2008 4:55 pm

The first documentary is now available at GV or at their official site!
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