Scheduled for release in March 2011, Deceived is the second novel based around Star Wars: The Old Republic. We were lucky enough to get our hands on an early copy of the upcoming novel and quickly devoured each and every page. Hit the jump for our review and a special interview with the author of the book, Paul S. Kemp.
Update: Excerpts of Deceived chapters one and two are now online for those interested in getting a sneak peak before release.
This week's Star Wars: The Old Republic Friday Update puts fans during the time of the Rebirth of the Sith Empire. The Timeline explains the efforts the Sith Empire undertook to claim Dromund Kaas for the Emperor. It highlights a human Grand Moff by the name of Odile Vaiken, who undertook preparations for the Emperor's true plans for the Empire. In true form, the Timeline leaves you with a tease with a further explanation only to be had in the next Timeline -- The Great Hyperspace War. You can find the original post by Stephen Reid, video embed, and a working dissection after the jump.
Players will be able to choose from many different species in Star Wars: The Old Republic. We currently do not know if this choice will change how the game is played, but learning about these galactic residents might help some people pick the avatar that fits their personality and play style best. Join us in taking a closer look at the Zabrak, a fierce and powerful species that stands on both sides of the faction divide.
The Bounty Hunters Guild. The Assassins Guild. The Smugglers Alliance. While Star Wars: The Old Republic is a story of conflict between two galactic superpowers, third party organizations play a crucial role in the history of the Star Wars universe. This is an important distinction considering that one of the defining aspects of an MMO is the social component; the ability to join together with other players to take on the challenges of the game environment. In MMOs, one of the most common ways for players to team up with each other is by joining a guild, or clan. Though BioWare remains fairly tight-lipped on the subject of guilds, recent MMO history gives us some idea of what to expect, what to hope for, and what areas might present a challenge for the developers.
Electronic Arts CFO Eric Brown's presentation at the UBS 38th Annual Media and Communications Conference reaffirmed CY2011 for Star Wars: The Old Republic. It was also mentioned that SWTOR "...will generate revenue through monthly subscriptions" while speaking on the subscription model. Speaking on availability of options on purchasing, Eric Brown stated that the game's PC client will be available in both a retail packaged format and digital download format. Eric Brown also described The Old Republic as a ten year opportunity for EA.
Eric Brown's presentation lasted about 40 minutes and is now over. As of this moment this appears to be all of the new information relating to The Old Republic that came out of the presentation.
Last Updated: 11:45 AM PT. Klipto and Bjbrains contributed to this article.
Those who figured out the background image formula can pat themselves on the back: join us for a Darth Hater Live Q and A session on Wednesday, December 15 at 6:30 PM PT / 9:30 PM ET. The Q and A session with the Darth Hater team will last approximately one hour, and take place on our TypeFrag-hosted Ventrilo server.
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Please note we will create a thread in our forums on December 15 for those who cannot attend to post their questions, and we'll select a few to answer during the event. As always, we'll make the recording available a few days after the Live Q and A.
Update: The questions thread is now up for those looking to ask questions but cannot attend.
Systems Designer Patrick Malott spends time sharing details about Crew Skills with the community in this week's Friday update. Patrick Malott's Developer Blog touches on the design, companions involvement in crafting, and the newly revealed Armstech Crew Skill. Along with the major points covered in the Developer Blog are subtle details like blaster rarities that should leave players with a better understanding of how Crew Skills work in general. Also included in the Friday Update this week is the new official Jedi Wizard title, Jedi Sage, which was selected after a long community polling process. Congratulations to those who voted Jedi Sage in the poll. Catch the Official Forum posts on the Crew Skills Developer Blog and Jedi Sage after the jump.
It is podcast time this week, and as always, we're looking for questions from the community. If you have any Star Wars: The Old Republic or website related questions you would like to have answered on the podcast, then feel free to ask them in the comment section of this post.
This week's community poll/discussion after the jump.