Some of you may remember Paul Kemp’s Star Wars: The Old Republic: Deceived that delved into the story of Malgus, one of the central characters of the game. Well, a little over a year later the more reasonably priced paperback version made its way to bookstores today. If you have yet to pick up Deceived, this may be the time to give it a chance. You can pick up the novel at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and your local bookstores.
We have a review and interview with the author available if you would like to hear our opinion of the book.
In the Star Wars universe there is no more famous archetype than that of a lightsaber wielding Jedi or Sith. Among these villains and heroes, there is one category of character who is better described as infamous: The Bounty Hunter. Donning armor, blasters, and all manner of gadgetry, these soldiers for hire give Star Wars fans an alternative to the hokey religions and ancient weapons of Jedi. For these reasons and more, BioWare has included the Bounty Hunter as one of the eight main classes in Star Wars: The Old Republic.
This week's Star Wars: The Old Republic Friday Update is E3 Details, new Advanced Classes Page, and on The Lost Suns with an interview Alexander Freed. As BioWare Austin's Community Manager Stephen Reid hinted at this morning, there are three updates today about SWTOR. This is all in preparation for the Electronic Entertainment Expo that starts June 6 and expectations are massive on the news coming out of the event. Stated in the E3 details post is a tidbit about what fans can expect from E3:
More to share regarding the stories from the CG trailers
Belsavis raid content
Alderaan political intrigue
Tatooine -- sandpeople and something unknown
As part of this week's Friday Update, MMORPG.com interviewed Principal Lead Combat Designer Georg Zoeller about the Advanced Classes we will see in Star Wars: The Old Republic. He covers abilities from almost every class including the Jedi Knight's Force Leap, the different stances of the Sith Warrior, the Bounty Hunter's helpful Kolto Missile, and the Smuggler's explosive Shrapnel Bomb.
The Old Republic: The Lost Suns previewed earlier this week on StarWars.com, and today an interview with Senior Writer and Managing Editor Alexander Freed. He covers a brief overview of the comic that follows Theron Shan, a Republic spy set out to discover what the Sith Empire's plans are for the planets newly acquired in the Treaty of Coruscant. The comic canonically at the start of the game, about 10 years after Threat of Peace and 40 years after Blood of the Empire.
Included a bit after the rest of the updates went up was a new Advanced Classes page. The page is a newly redesigned page to fit the place of the older updates. It contains new information about the trees and abilities of the Advanced Classes.
Official Dev Tracker posts follow the jump. Images from today's Friday Update are contained in the Media Gallery below. If higher resolution versions of the images become available, we will update them. Aurebesh Working translation follows the jump as well as in the Media Gallery.
Star Wars: The Old Republic: Deceived author Paul S. Kemp is hosting a live chat tonight at 6:30p ET / 9:30p PT on Star Wars Books' Facebook page. Get your Malgus on by liking Star Wars Books and ask him about the motivation behind the epic moment in the novel.
The latest round of The Escapist Magazine's March Mayhem Developer Showdown has our favorite MMORPG developer pitted against Blizzard in the contest's Final Four. Previous match ups included BioWare defeating Bethseda, Bungie, DICE, and TellTale Games. Do we really need to tell you to be a true Hater and go vote for BioWare already? Get your mother, your ex-girlfriend, and your cat to vote too.
As a reminder to those who have yet to preorder, tomorrow (March 22) will mark the release of the second Star Wars: The Old Republic Novel by Paul S. Kemp titled Deceived. You can pick up the novel at your local retailer or many of the online stores listed in the SWTOR Official Post. We also have a review of the novel in case you have yet to make up your mind about purchasing the book. If there is any final question in your mind about the novel there are also previews of three of the chapters linked in the review.
For this week's Star Wars: The Old Republic Friday Update, BioWare announced additional updates for the Bounty Hunter class. Additional information on the Rattataki species is now available, as well as an analysis of the Kuat Drive Yards D5-Mantis Patrol Craft, and Mako the Bounty Hunter's Slicer Companion receives an update as well. Lastly, the Mercenary and Powertech specializations were added to the Bounty Hunter Holonet page. BioWare also revealed details for PAX East via the Official Forum for fans eagerly waiting the convention.
Update: Stephen Reid's update-and-a-half comment was right with the announcement of the Deceived Novel Trailer. The post features details on the upcoming Deceived Novel as well as a tidbit of what looks like a new cinematic trailer in the making. Deceived will be available on March 22nd in US Retail Stores but if you are looking to seal your copy you can preorder the book online via Amazon and an assortment of others listed in the article.
The second Community Q & A thread also opened, and once again questions are open, so feel free to head over and ask the developers about whatever parts of The Old Republic you want to hear about. With the opening of the second Q & A thread, the first one has closed, and some of those questions have been answered in the Community Q & A section of today's Studio Insider. More than a few hot button issues were answered in the Q & A, most notably one on PVE and PVP servers. DevTracker posts after the jump.
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.
Earlier today, we learned the eagerly awaited Star Wars: The Old Republic novelization Deceived will now be released March 2011. Speaking on his personal blog, the author Paul S. Kemp posted the following statement.
Some of you may already know this, but Deceived, my next Star Wars novel, will be released in March 2011, rather than December 2010. I understand the move was made because there is a desire to time the release of the novel nearer to the release of the Old Republic MMORPG.
This is unfortunate news for everyone patiently waiting to dive head first into the lore and narrative surrounding The Old Republic; just make sure to keep March in your calenders and an open spot on your reading list. Hat tip to Tim
Paul S. Kemp, author of Star Wars: The Old Republic novel Deceived, posted the following on his personal blog today:
I've received an affirmative from Del Ray, LucasArts, BioWare to post an excerpt from my forthcoming Star Wars novel, Deceived. As you know, the novel ties-in to the forthcoming MMORPG, The Old Republic, from Lucasarts/Bioware.
The excerpt features in prose a scene you'll recognize from the first cinematic trailer. Here, you get a sense of Malgus as a man. Note, this has not been copyedited and copyright belongs to the holder, all rights reserved, blah blah.
I'm hoping to get approval in July to begin posting excerpts from Deceived, my Star Wars novel set in the The Old Republic. But in the meantime, I thought I'd post the Dramatis Personae for the novel. There are four core characters (these four are either point of view characters, or characters with a lot of screen time) and several important, but non-core characters.
The Core Characters
Darth Malgus, male human Sith lord.
Eleena Daru, female Twi-lek, a trained combatant and Malgus's companion.
Aryn Leneer, female human Jedi Knight and Force Empath.
Zeerid Korr, male human smuggler, former Republic commando
The Non-Core characters
Master Ven Zallow, male human Jedi Master
Darth Angral, male human Sith Lord.
Lord Adraas, male human Sith.
A few of the names should be familiar to fans who have read the Threat of Peace webcomic and the Biographies. The most notable character on the list is Malgus' companion, Eleena Daru, who appeared in the Deceived trailer and until now remained unnamed. Star Wars: The Old Republic: Deceived is due out in hardcover on December 28, 2010. You can pre-order the novel from Amazon.com. Hat tip to r2d2arm.
New details about the second Star Wars: The Old Republic novel, Deceived, were revealed today on StarWars.com:
Hot on the heels of the unveiling of the cover to Star Wars: The Old Republic: Fatal Alliance is this first look at another hardcover set in the time of the eagerly anticipated video game in development by LucasArts and BioWare.
In Star Wars: The Old Republic: Deceived, readers will learn more about Darth Malgus, the Sith Lord who brought down the Jedi Temple. Star Wars fans first experienced the devastating might of Darth Malgus in last year's epic cinematic trailer to Star Wars: The Old Republic which depicted the Sacking of Coruscant. Readers will learn more about the man behind the mask in this novel by author Paul S. Kemp.
Deceived tells the story of Darth Malgus and gives fascinating insight into his rise to fame and glory as the Sith Lord who destroyed the Jedi Temple. This stunning narrative finds the dark hero battling a veteran Jedi Master, setting the stage for the affairs and betrayals surrounding the last battle of the Great War before the signing of the Treaty of Coruscant.
Also shown in this announcement was the cover art for the book. Star Wars: The Old Republic: Deceived is due out in hardcover on December 28, 2010. You can pre-order the novel from Amazon.com.
Update: Sean Dahlberg just announced the update -
You first experienced the devastating might of Darth Malgus on the day that changed the galaxy forever during the Sacking of Coruscant. Now you can learn more about the man behind the mask in the latest novel set in the same time period as Star Wars: The Old Republic!