The Galactic Republic stood for generations as a bastion of peace in a galaxy of warring star systems. Protected by its stalwart Jedi guardians, the Republic held the greatest hope for the progress of civilization and galactic unity.
Deep in unknown space, however, a mighty Sith Empire was forged, led by dark Sith Lords who dreamt of galactic domination and vengeance against their ancient Jedi enemies. After centuries of preparation, the time came for the Sith to make their return.
With a massive fleet and an awe-inspiring army of fearless troops, the Sith Emperor launched a surprise assault, quickly capturing dozens of worlds in the Outer Rim, and sparking a war unlike any other in the galaxy’s history.
From the frozen wastes of Ilum to the desert plains of Dathomir, violent battles killed untold millions. Despite its avowed neutrality, surface structures on the water-covered world of Manaan were completely destroyed, forcing the Selkath to retreat to their ocean underworld. Other star systems fared worse—some destroyed, others left uninhabitable. The carnage concluded with the Sith Empire sacking the Republic's capital planet of Coruscant and forcing the Republic Senate into the controversial Treaty of Coruscant.
In the years since the treaty, fear and uncertainty have gripped the galaxy, enabling the Sith Emperor to pursue his own mysterious purposes while the Republic has made efforts to rebuild its infrastructure and adjust military priorities to the new galactic landscape.
Now, tensions between the Republic and the Empire are running high, and a series of border skirmishes and proxy wars have broken out, even on planets as historically peaceful as Alderaan. The uneasy truce established by the Treaty of Coruscant is quickly tearing apart at the seams, and a return to all-out war has begun in all but official terms.
A new generation of heroes, both light and dark, emerges to face the difficulties of these chaotic times, and fight for the fate of the galaxy in this most desperate age.
LucasArts and BioWare today announced that the first video documentary for Star Wars™: The Old Republic™ will be posted on the game’s official website on Friday, December 12. The video gives an overview of the upcoming story-driven massively multiplayer online PC game set in the timeframe of the Star Wars™: Knights of the Old Republic™ franchise and provides the public with its first look at in-game footage.
So, the first game footage of SWTOR is being released today. roughly about 8-9 hours from the time of this post I think. I will admit that when I heard the follow up to the Kotor games was going to be an mmorpg I was very skeptical, but after watching the announcement video, seeing some screen shots and chatting amongst the community I have to say I'm f*ckin stoked for this game.
So I thought I would give SWTOR it's very own topic here on Gtaf for all of you die hard Star Wars/Kotor fans to discuss this game (and I know there is quite a few of you here!), which could turn out to be on of the most awesome gaming experiences ever. First off, what classes/races do you think will be playable in the game and what do you hope to be when you first create a character? I'm hoping for Mandalorian Bounty Hunters to be playable for obvious reasons.
Don't forget the first in game footage will be shown later today!
This post has been edited by Nixon on Friday, Dec 12 2008, 09:30
So I get to play Star Wars with a bunch of 12 year old WoWers and Chinese gold farmers, and pay a subscription fee to do so? Oh yeah, I've always been waiting for that moment.
If there's a subscription fee (which there will inevitably be) they can keep it. If there's not, I'll get it, no doubt.
There are rumours going around that may in fact be free to play although Bioware have not made an official announcement. It's very unlikely though in my opinion and I would say there there will be a fee in some form.