LucasArts, BioWare reveal new MMO ‘Star Wars: The Old Republic’

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Star Wars The Old Republic MMORPG from LucasArts and BioWare

Today will be a day long remembered by gamers and Star Wars fans alike. After months of speculation, LucasArts and BioWare today revealed the next big step for the Saga: Star Wars: The Old Republic, a story-driven massively multiplayer online PC game set in the timeframe of the hugely popualar Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic franchise.

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, they can befriend courageous companions who will fight at their side or possibly betray them, based on the players’ actions. They can also choose to team up with friends to battle enemies and overcome incredible challenges using dynamic Star Wars combat.

Here are some quotes from the press release:

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 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 triple-A 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.”

Here are a few of the early screen shots:

Star Wars The Old Republic MMORPG from LucasArts and BioWare

Star Wars The Old Republic MMORPG from LucasArts and BioWare

There is very little in the way of detail available on the game’s gameplay and release date. At this point, they’re planning on a PC release.

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