After the behind closed door presentation, our crew at E3 was able to get hands-on BioWare's showing of Star Wars: The Old Republic. The content included a portion of the Heroic plot involving the Dread Masters on Belsavis. Luckily, we were able to record a portion of the demo for your viewing pleasure, enjoy.
Note: The audio is a bit of the mess in a few parts, but such is E3. We advise lowering your volume a bit to not blow out your speakers. For more information on E3, be sure to bookmark our E3 coverage post.
The last few weeks have been noteworthy for everyone following Star Wars: The Old Republic. We've seen the Jedi Knight and Imperial Agent revealed back-to-back, and we got the first taste of the new marketing direction from BioWare and LucasArts with the combat demo for the Imperial Agent. Although November has been great to the fans, and especially us here at Darth Hater, December looks to be even more exciting.
On December 3rd, you too will be a VIP
We would like to invite everyone to join us here on December 3rd for a Star Wars: The Old Republic News Extravaganza. So eat some turkey, do some shopping, and get ready to see a little of what TOR has in store for us in the new year.
Our Dissection of the PAX Demo/Coruscant video is now online. As we did in our last dissection we will be adding and editing new content in so make sure to keep checking out this post for more content in the future. Be warned there are quite a number of images contained in this post and will kill low bandwidth users. Note: Things mentioned in our prior dissections we do not mention in this one. There is also the thread on the forum if you would like to comment there. Thanks to Zoidberg and Sleeper for help on a few of the images.
As promised here is the entire 2nd day gameplay demo that was shown at PAX. This is the demo where the trooper class, seen earlier in our other video, is shown in great detail. Check below for the Youtube embed and direct download link. Enjoy.
Gamespot has the full Day 1 gameplay demo video now online. Seems like they beat us to it :-( . We are still uploading our full Day 2 demo video and should be up later tonight. Part of the delay has been the internet connection we are using to upload it (6hrs to fully upload). We're going to wait on doing the dissection due to the quality of the video seen. Hopefully Bioware posts an HD direct feed soon.
Sean posted his glorious Friday preview thread mentioning that this week's update will be a new holorecord:
It's Thursday so we definitely need a thread about what tomorrow's update will be. This Friday Master Gnost-Dural will be posting a new holorecord on what he discovered pertaining to the resurgence of the Mandalorians and the rise of the new Mandalore.
And, if you're going to be at the Penny Arcade Expo, makes sure to read this thread.
He also mentioned in another thread that the PAX demo is the essentially the same one that was shown at GamesCom:
Whether you were busy being digested in the Sarlacc Pit, Bounty Hunters stole your speeder or like at least one of us you were encased in carbonite and unable to make it to Germany for GamesCom, weve got something for you.
Head over to IGN.com to watch a video of the complete Developer Gameplay Walkthrough showcased at this weeks GamesCom. Get a close-up look at the Bounty Hunter and Smuggler on the worlds of Hutta and Ord Mantell. Jump to the Sith home-world of Korriban and meet the Sith Warrior class. Be transported aboard an Imperial transport ship to see the Bounty Hunter and Sith Warrior decide the fate of the captain and crew aboard the Black Talon.
The video contains almost 20 minutes of actual gameplay footage so check it out at IGN.com
We should have the dissection up in a couple hours, currently doing it right now.
Our Dissection of the Walkthrough Video is now online. As we did in our last dissection we will be adding and editing new content in so make sure to keep checking out this post for more content in the future. Be warned - there are quite a number of images contained in this post and will kill low bandwidth users. Note: Things mentioned in our prior dissection we do not mention in this one. There is also the thread on the forum if you would like to comment there. Zoidberg, Sleeper, and I worked on the images together this time to try to get the pictures up as quick as possible ;).
Clean out those Ethernet tubes and put on your bandwidth hats. Erick Adams has let us know that tomorrow's video will be almost 20 minutes long And from the looks of it, we'll be seeing more of the Sith Warrior next week (Holonet/article perhaps?).
Hey Everybody With GamesCom 2009 in full swing, we wanted to give you some updates on the story so far.
Here's a running list of announcements and TOR related news from this year's GamesCom.
Game Play Demo. We showed a more complete version of the demo content showcased at this years E3 with confirmation of a new character class. As Sean has said several times - if you werent able to get to Germany for GamesCom this year, dont sweat We plan on making the full footage available for viewing.
Sith Warrior Confirmed. Finally the Lightsaber-wielding Sith from the E3 video has a name Check back tomorrow to see the Sith Warrior in action
Ever wonder how to say Star Wars in French and German? At the press conference we announced that www.swtor.com and the Community forums are now fully localized in French and German
Just to bring you up to speed on anything you may have missed, heres a running list of some of the press coverage (aka The Story So Far):
IGN had the chance to sit down and play the demo that Bioware is showing at GamesCom and gives us insight on what we will be seeing from the demo video on friday. In this hands on IGN talks about the Sith Warrior class and new areas on Korriban:
Though we'd have been happy just to see the same demo again, the BioWare team has included an entirely new portion focused on the Sith Warrior class. This close-combat fighter begins on Korriban where Sith are trained. The starting story involves the player learning just what it means to be a Sith -- their attitudes towards power, responsibility, and honor. The Sith player will also get more practical instruction in terms of how and when to use their abilities in combat. We saw this firsthand as the new Sith went down into a recently excavated tomb to recover a powerful artifact. Down there, he will have to fight against giant slugs and other looters who have come to find their own treasures.
There is also a little bit near the end confirming the dialogue rolls that we mentioned before in our dissection we did a while back:
Determining which of the characters get to pick the next conversation option is currently determined randomly. The trouble is that the conversation choices often have significant consequences. Since this is an MMO where you can't save your game and reload it to try to get a different outcome, the designers are looking into ways to protect individual players during group conversations. Right now, it's a bit of an unknown but BioWare is testing a few ideas.
I wanted to give you guys a little heads up for those that have been asking when the Demo Walkthrough Video will be hitting the net. The best gauge we have to go on so far as to when it will be released is from a prior post by Sean:
Next week is pretty exciting; just the Developer Walkthrough video alone will be an eye catcher. We are looking to release that next Friday (on the website, demos will be going on every day at the convention) so if you happen to want to take a break for this Friday, definitely come back next week.
If it ends up hitting the net earlier or the ETA on the video is revised, we will post about it. If everything goes as planned the dissection should be up within a couple hours of the video being posted. Also, Episode 4 of our podcast should also be going up the day after the video does so look for that soon.
Sean has given us our weekly preview at what this Friday's update will be:
For anyone who missed last week's thread, we announced that this week we'll be posting a Developer Blog. Furthermore, we also told everyone that things will be a little quiet until GamesCom. During GamesCom and afterwards, we definitely start picking up the tempo. Also, we'll also be posting the Producer Walkthrough on the website for those of us who can't join us at GamesCom or PAX.
For those of you who normally just check in for our weekly updates and want to know what's going up before coming to the site, we have a few things for you.