The Star Wars galaxy is filled with thousands of planets, from barren wastelands to thriving city-planets. The announced planets for Star Wars: The Old Republic are a well-chosen cross section of this diverse spectrum. While some planets are more politically important than others, each will play its role in terms of both gameplay and story. In this overview, you will find a listing of each planet, its faction allegiance, its terrain, relevant , and a brief look at its history and how the planet connects to the Old Republic timeline.
House Organa of Alderaan is doubtlessly familiar to most of our readers as the house that adopted Leia Skywalker and raised her as a princess. As the setting of the Hope cinematic trailer and the first announced Warzone, Alderaan itself is already proving to be an important location in Star Wars: The Old Republic and it would not be surprising for House Organa to play a pivotal role in this planet's story. Hit the jump to take a closer look at the history of House Organa.
During this year's EA Winter Showcase, the United Kingdom received wonderful information from the developers about the Crew Skills system and PVP Warzones. During the Jedi Immersion Day the following week, we got a similar presentation with copious amounts of information on both game systems. One of these presentations came from Lead PvP Designer Gabe Amatangelo. After teasing us with clues about the forthcoming derelict starship Warzone -- including that it uses an Assualt-based scenario -- Amatangelo spoke in-depth about the Alderaan Warzone. After his presentation, we were able to sit down with Amatangelo to ask some questions about PvP.
Due to popular demand, we received answers to some additional questions and expanded answers after the initial publish. Even if you read through this earlier, it warrants a second read after the jump.
You mentioned the derelict starship Warzone would feature a version of an Assault-style objective. Can you describe what "Assault" means for those who may not be familiar with that kind of PvP scenario?
Gabe Amatangelo: Staged objectives where one team defends the active objective and the other attacks it. For example: the attacker attempts to set a bomb to blow a door down in an attempt to advance to the next room where they would have a new objective, while the defender would be trying to prevent the bombs placement and then maybe diffuse it in the case it was placed.
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.
Our most important job here at Darth Hater is to find the hidden reveals in Star Wars: The Old Republic media, and today's warzone video is filled with covert tidbits. We caught a glimpse of several new class abilities, SWTOR's implementation of mission objectives, and much more. Note: Things mentioned in prior dissections will not be mentioned here again. Make sure to check back throughout the day as more will be added as we progress through the video.
Today we're treated with an action packed Alderaan Warzone video, previously unveiled yesterday at EA's Winter Showcase. The warzone on Alderaan was first revealed at E3 2010, but little information was provided at that time. For a better description of the warzone's game mechanics and some elaboration by BioWare's Blaine Christine, look no further than our recent Winter Showcase Coverage.
The original forum post from Joanne Laroche as well as the embedded video are after the break. A dissection and analysis of the update can be found here.
Also posted with this update is a community poll to replace the Jedi Consular Wizard's name as well as new information on the Jedi Consular's class tree. Currently Jedi Sage appears to be the front runner, so if you haven't seen the poll yet and would like to weigh in, cast your vote now.
Yesterday, Electronic Arts presented its annual Winter Showcase in London, and Darth Hater was there to watch for news on Star Wars: The Old Republic. BioWare revealed the Imperial Agent at last year's showcase, so our expectation bar raised a few notches. With information on both PvP Warzones and the eagerly anticipated crafting system, this European event did not disappoint.
Welcome to another exciting Fan Friday where we shine the spotlight on creative accomplishments from The Old Republic community, as well as share a behind-the-scenes look in the Developer Corner. We also have new avatars and smilies, and don't forget to vote in the polls we posted up!
We are honored by the many awards Star Wars: The Old Republic has earned from the press and media, and were committed to continuing to push for the highest quality gaming experience. We want to thank our fans and the media for their support and recognition. Your partnership is critical to making this project a success.
Creating a game that people enjoy is important to us, so were putting up the Star Wars: The Old Republic Awards page to share with everyone all the great attention the game has received!
Last but not least are three new Biographies that include Keeper, Bouris Ulgo, and Diab Duin. Aurebesh Translation after the jump along with a discussion on the details therein.
We were lucky enough to be the first group to see Star Wars: The Old Republic on the E3 show floor today. Before getting our hands on time and interviews were treated to an official presentation by BioWare's Blaine Christine. In addition to seeing the new trailer, we learned all about the marketing focus during this years Electronic Entertainment Expo.
Gametrailers' exclusive behind the scenes look at the Star Wars: The Old Republic's E3 trailer just ended. We are currently creating working dissection as we add everything in. Be sure to watch this post for updates along the way.
Here at Darth Hater we are constantly examining any media released for Star Wars: The Old Republic. The Holonet, in particular, quickly became one of our most valued resources in this endeavor. Framed by the ever important fourth pillar, each new release on the official site slowly increases our knowledge of the people and places we will encounter when players finally get their hands on the game. In light of the recent addition of a biographies section, we thought it might be a good idea to look back over the Holonet and find all the people we have been introduced to over the past year and a half.
Note: This article will be updated over time as we include new items to the dissection.
While attending GDC last week, Darth Hater was fortunate enough to be invited out to the LucasArts office in San Francisco for a hands-on demo featuring the Trooper class. After finishing our time with the game we spoke with Daniel Erickson, Star Wars: The Old Republic's lead writer about the classes, their stories, and a few of the choices players will be facing in game.
Alderaan has officially been announced as the 7th planet for Star Wars: The Old Republic. As Sean posted today:
Ever wonder what happened on Alderaan before the Death Star reduced it to an asteroid field? Now you can see it for yourself We are excited to announce Alderaan - a planet famed for its natural beauty - as the next playable planet in The Old Republic For thousands of years this planet has been a shining example of peace and diplomacy, but now a bloody civil war threatens the legacy, and the very future of Alderaan.
Access the HoloNet records to research the history of Alderaan, and find out about the civil war consuming the planet
Be sure to check out the Media section for never-before-seen screenshots, concept art, and wallpapers of this beautiful planet of snow-capped mountains and lush green forests
The current data released about Star Wars: The Old Republic has unveiled five planets so far: Tython, Korriban, Nal Hutta, Ord Mantell, and most recently, Coruscant. Obviously the Star Wars Universe is gigantic, and full of iconic planets, beyond just these five, so now we are going to take a deeper look at the planets that have been featured in previous media. This includes planets which appeared in the KOTOR series, as well as those that appeared in the movies.