Monday, 6 September 2010

Mysteries of Knights of the Old Republic

With PAX running this last weekend BioWare had another quick surprise update for us, showing us a teaser video titled "Mysteries of Knights of the Old Republic". Here is the official news:
The Jedi Civil War left many unanswered questions. In the difficult days following the showdown between Darth Revan and Darth Malak, the Jedi Order struggled to survive, leaving little time for investigations. Redeemed as a Jedi, Revan traveled into deep space in search of a mysterious evil. We now know that the source of this evil was the reconstituted Sith Empire, but that solves only a portion of the mystery…

Watch the teaser video shown at the Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) for a glimpse at what may be revealed as you journey through Star Wars™: The Old Republic™.

For me the trailer was a series of ups and downs. First down as I found out that it was about Revan (and considering that it's not my Revan the character can do nothing but ruin the story for me). Then up as I noticed that they're continually referring to the character as "Revan" (instead of with "he" or "she") to the point that it seemed unnatural to do so. But then down again as the voice over referred to Revan as "he". And finally up again with the quick cameo at the end.

I still think, at least based on this brief video, that it should be a cinch for them to include a gender switch for Revan at least. I mean, all it takes is changing a few voices here and there. Of course I don't know what else there is to the quest, but so far I've yet to see any real justification for why our KotOR stories suddenly don't seem to count anymore. Maybe it's the whole 'rebuilt' thing (oh, "Revan was female, but we created a new Revan as male this time"... yeah that'll work <rolleyes>).

Anyway, speaking of PAX Darth Hater went there as well and got a few nice tidbits for us. First there's an interview with Blaine Christine. Here's an excerpt:
There is really a controversy on the forums right now about the Jedi Wizard, and the meanings behind that name and why it was chosen.

Blaine Christine: I'm not intimately involved with that particular naming process, but all I can say at this point is we watched the forums closely... the Darth Hater forums, our forums, and we paid attention to what the community was saying. We certainly noticed the frenzy around that particular name, and there may be some announcements forthcoming in the future around that particular name.
Again it's nice to hear that it's looking good that they might change the name of that class.

Darth Hater also has a bunch of videos showing the stage presentation for The Old Republic, including some community members playing the game in a group live on stage. I won't link all the videos, but you can watch them all at the Darth Hater site.

And I think that's it for now.

[link] to interview with Blaine Christine at Darth Hater.
[link] to PAX presentation videos at Darth Hater.

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