17
Sep
09

The Old Republic Overview

First of all welcome to everyone who decided to come over to this blog from my announcement at HonorsCode.

So let’s take a quick look at what we know so far about The Old Republic.

It will be a story driven MMO. Every character and NPC will have voice over. You don’t need to read the quest text, you listen to it. The story is driven by key choices that you, the player, make.

The game is set thousands of years before the movies and 300 years after the events of Knights of the Old Republic. There is a galactic war going on between the Jedi and the Sith. This was a time in the Star Wars lore long before the Sith instituted the ‘Rule of Two’. This rule was quoted by Yoda during The Phantom Menace: “Only two there are, a master and an apprentice.” During the time that The Old Republic is set, there are literally armies of Jedi and Sith fighting.

There are two factions, The Sith Empire and the Republic. There will be 8 classes, 4 per faction, not all of which have been revealed. So far, the Republic classes are the Trooper, and the Smuggler. The Empire classes are the Sith Warrior, and the Bounty Hunter. The Sith Warrior is a Dark Jedi.

Lightside Jedi is supposed to be one of the Republic classes. Imperial Agent is a rumored class for the Empire. Neither has been officially revealed.

Each class is has its own quests. There is not one repeated quest in the game. If you play through as a Smuggler, and then you play through again as a Bounty Hunter or Trooper, you will not repeat one single quest.

Each class revealed thus far looks very cool. While I have my heart set on playing a Lightside Jedi, I think each class holds enough appeal that you will see a variety of characters. I don’t think you’ll see servers full of nothing but Jedi/Sith.

The Smuggler and the Trooper use a special combat system called Cover. It’s a little bit like Stealth in WoW. You have certain abilities that you can only use in Cover and you get a defensive bonus against people attacking you. The rumored Sith Agent may also use the Cover system.

The game also features a morality system, which I think of like alignment from my pen and paper role playing days. Each decision you make will give you Light side points or Dark side points. As you accumulate more Light side or Dark side points, you will get access to bonus powers. There are even powers you can access only if you walk the Grey path and try to balance the Light and the Dark in your decisions. Sith players can earn Light side points, and Republic players can earn Dark side points if they choose.

What WoW players might think of as instances are called Flashpoints. In the Flashpoint shown by the Development team, 2 characters, a Sith Warrior and a Bounty Hunter took on a bunch of Republic soliders and some Padawans before a ‘boss fight’ with a Jedi. In the Flashpoint, your party can choose to kill a captain who has disobeyed an order from a Grand Moff. If you kill him, you get Dark side points. If you let him live you get Light side points.

The planets revealed so far are Koriban, Nal Hutta, Ord Mantell, and Coruscant.

Combat is very similar to World of Warcraft. You have a hot bar with different abilities your character can use. It’s fast paced, and you are taking on groups of 2 to 4 enemies at once. It looks like a ton of fun.

Every class revealed so far seems to have multiple forms of crowd control spells. Every class is supposed to have an out of combat heal. The Sith Warrior’s is a channeled spell that regens his health very quickly.

Very little has been said about the endgame or PVP, other than ‘it will be there.’ They have confimed Battlegrounds, but didn’t go into any details.

Major systems like loot tables, are not in yet. Major decisions, like dual wield penalties are not in yet. Most of the demos show characters below Level 10. The rumored level cap is Level 40.

 Nobody knows when the game will be available, but many guess it will be Christmas of 2010.

 If you want to learn more about the game, you can check www.swtor.com, which are the official forums. The have some striking and unwanted similarities to the WoW general forums. 

I get most of my information from a blog called DarthHater. It’s a good read and you should check it our if you want to know more about the game.

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