Saturday, 14 March 2009

Threat of Peace 2, Video Documentary 2 and third class

BioWare just (yesterday) released a big update for Star Wars: The Old Republic.

First of all they just released the next three pages of the Threat of Peace webcomic. Here's the official news:
The second issue of Threat of Peace™ take us to the frontlines in the Sith Empire’s assault on Coruscant. After destroying the planet’s satellite security stations, the Sith armada begins its attack on the planet’s surface. Lord Angral personally leads a strike team to confront some of the Republic’s bravest defenders and assault the Senate Tower. Meanwhile, Sith warships begin their bombardment of the Jedi Temple.

Check out the latest issue of Threat of Peace now.
Issue two has your Sith and your Jedi, but there's also another guy together with the Jedi in a white-and-yellow stormtrooper-like armor that I suspect is another class players can play (for the Republic). But the class isn't named and I don't think that it is the third class they revealed in the other update.

This other update is the second video documentary, this one titled "The Story and Setting". I won't embed the video here (as then it'll play as soon as you load the blog page), but clicking on the image below should take you to the video.

Here's the news article:
We are excited to release our second Video Documentary for Star Wars™: The Old Republic.

Set 300 years after the events of Star Wars™: Knights of the Old Republic™ and thousands of years before the rise of Darth Vader, the setting of The Old Republic is a relatively unexplored timeframe in the Star Wars™ canon. This allows a significant amount of freedom to create an epic storyline that will allow players to make ethical decisions and become immersed in their personal Star Wars saga.

Watch as the LucasArts and BioWare teams reveal how Story and Setting will enhance the player experience.

The video is quite exciting, talking about how you, as a player, get to determine the direction of your own stories and being both the actor and director on your own personal tales. It talks about how there is this big story about the war between the Republic and the Empire, and in that there are all these classes with their own stories with all these iconic moments and all that. And how they're using those stories to keep players interested in playing as it should feel that you're part of something, how you want to see what the stories will bring next. So that all sounds very exciting.

But I think that for most the most exciting thing in that video is the almost off-the-cuff announcement of the third class in the game (next to the already announced Jedi and Sith): Bounty Hunter. There's some nice footage of the Bounty Hunter in the video including use of a flamethrower and use of a jetpack to launch into the air (!) and shoot an enemy from above. Looks quite fun (though I'll stick with my force-sensitive classes myself).

They haven't announced what faction the class is for (as far as we know it's even possible that you could play some classes for either faction, but I doubt it). I suspect that it'll be a Sith Empire faction though. Of course, that's just pure speculation.

Anyway, this was one of the better updates in a while. And it's looking like the game should be a lot of fun. Keep up the good work, BioWare, and can hardly wait to hear more.

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