The Smuggler class is being revealed in conjunction with E3. More details on this class will be posted to the site as part of the E3 wrap-up.Forum members started discovering a new forum for the class as well as new items such as on Kotaku detailing an interview in Edge Magazine:
Since I know this is a question that will pop up over and over again and cause a flurry of debates, I'll clear the air now - The Smuggler is part of the Republic. More information as to why this is will be revealed later.
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