Players who have completed the existing story content found within Star Wars: The Old Republic have been eagerly awaiting the next chapter. Drew Karpyshyn’s latest novel, Annihilation, is that next chapter. Picking up where things leave off at the end of SWTOR’s current story, Annihilation follows several familiar characters as they plan and execute a key Republic mission. It also looks deep inside the Republic and Imperial leadership as both sides continue to engage in a full-blown war.
Note: The following article contains spoilers, both for the story as found inSWTORand the Annihilation novel.
As the one year anniversary of the launch of Star Wars: The Old Republic approaches, new hints and indications about the direction the story will take are being revealed. A few weeks ago, a tidbit at the end of the Star Wars: The Old Republic Encyclopedia gave us a glimpse of what is to come. Now comes a short story found in the latest issue of Star Wars Insider magazine. Alexander Freed writes the story, author of The Lost Suns comic book series and the Imperial Agent storyline found in the game. Entitled The Last Battle of Colonel Jace Malcom, the story bridges the gap between the events that have occurred within SWTOR up until this point and the next chapter as it will be told in Drew Karphyshyn's next novel, Annihilation.
The 6-page story follows the final mission of Jace Malcom, the Republic trooper who battled against Darth Malgus in the Hope cinematic trailer and has the scars to prove it. Colonel Malcom accompanies a squad of soldiers on the planet Kalandis Seven as they attempt to take out Imperial forces remaining on the planet. Recent events have the Imperials withdrawing from several worlds across the galaxy and the Republic forces are there to help speed along the process by forcing them out. Original artwork by David Rabbitte accompanies the piece.
This week's Star Wars: The Old Republic Friday update is quite a huge one and can best be described as a four parter. The first two have us drooling over a new trailer named "Signs of War" and Operations Game Systems page.
In the Signs of War trailer, the Trooper that most prominently received a facelift from Malgus in the Hope trailer is seen for the first time in-game. The trailer, narrated by Satele Shan, features several locals from the game that players can expect to visit when they get their hands on the game. The new Operations Game Systems page contains information on all of the current Operations along with images and video. On a side note but almost just as important, originally first revealed during the main panel at New York Comic Con, the global launch date is now December 20. BioWare also reminds fans to attend Paris Games Week, which they will be in attendance of in full force.
Our dissection is now available in the media gallery below. As with all of our dissections, things mentioned in prior dissections will not be mentioned unless otherwise needed for context. Feel free to mention stuff that you see in the comments section of this post and we will credit you with the find.
Hit the jump for the Signs of War embed trailer and official DevTracker posts.
RepublicTrooper recently spoke with Charles Boyd, BioWare's lead writer for the Trooper class. The interview reveals the identity of the previously nameless soldier depicted in both the Hope and Return trailers, and discusses the ongoing work already being done to continue the Trooper's storyline into the post-launch environment. Finally, Charles reveals the voice actor who brings the male Trooper to life.
I feel truly honored to have two exceptional actors voicing the Trooper: Jennifer Hale and Brian Bloom. The opportunity to have such talented people performing my work has been the high point of my career, and I'm very confident that Trooper players will really enjoy both performances.