At approximately 10pm PT, several sites including MMORPG.com, WoWWiki.com, WoWHead.com, etc. all sported new ads for Star Wars: The Old Republic pre-orders. Each ad had the same identifierand lead to a dead page on SWTOR.com. Pre-orders became available shortly after midnight via the official Star Wars: The Old Republic website and various retailers.
Star Wars: The Old Republic Collector's Edition ($149.99) - Pre-Order Exclusive: Early Game access, Color Stone (virtual item), 30 Days Game Time included Limited Collector's Edition Includes: Exclusive Gentle Giant Darth Malgus statue, Game disks collectible metal case, The Journal of Master Gnost-Dural as annotated by Satele Shan, The Old Republic galaxy map, Custom Security Authentication Key, Music of Star Wars: The Old Republic CD, High-quality Collector's Edition box. Includes 7 Additional Digital Items: Flare Gun, Training Droid, HoloDancer, HoloCam, STAP, Exclusive Mouse Droid, Exclusive Collector's Edition Store
Star Wars: The Old Republic Digital Deluxe Edition ($79.99) - Pre-Order Exclusive: Early Game access, Color Stone (virtual item), 30 Days Game Time included. Includes 5 Additional Digital Items: Flare Gun, Training Droid, HoloDancer, HoloCam, STAP.
Star Wars: The Old Republic Standard Edition (Digital & Physical) ($59.99) - Pre-Order Exclusive: Early Game access, Color Stone (virtual item), 30 Days Game Time included.
Minimum System Requirements:
OS - Windows XP, Vista/7
CPU - AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core 4000+ or better Intel Core 2 Duo Processor 2.0GHz or better
RAM - Windows XP: 1.5GB Windows Vista and Windows 7: 2GB PCs using a built-in graphical chipset, 2GB RAM recommended.
Video - ATI X1800 or better* nVidia 7800 or better* Intel 4100 Integrated Graphics or better*
DVD-ROM - 8x or better *Minimum of 256MB of on-board RAM and Shader 3.0 or better support.
Make sure to take a look at the FAQ. Official DevTracker post follows the jump.
Update: Electronic Arts detailed "Beta Test Weekends" in a press release.
Shortly after the Battle of Naboo, Yoda said, "Always two there are -- no more, no less: A master and an apprentice." He was referring to the Rule of Two instigated by Darth Bane at the end of the New Sith Wars. In this organizational structure, the apprentice answered to the master and the master answered to no one. During the era of Star Wars: The Old Republic we know that there were numerous apprentices, each with a master that guided their training. The hierarchy, however, did not end there. These masters answered to the feared Dark Council on Dromund Kaas.
When someone thinks of a Dark Lord of the Sith, one of the first few characteristics that comes to mind is a thirst for control and power. The key to any good antagonist (or in the case of The Old Republic, your possible protagonist) is character depth. It is not enough for Sith Lords to be evil and ruthless. The character must consider these vile acts necessary or rationalize his actions to be for a greater good.
Live from PAX East 2011, BioWare announces this week's Friday Update - New In-game Trailer. The Trailer recaps the high level story -- Peace in the Republic, Empire Returned, War, all set to clips of in-game footage. We're bringing this content live so watch this post for the Friday Update news.
UPDATE 11a PT: We had a chance to chat with Stephen Reid and we will have the full interview up relatively soon, but we wanted to let you know about something you will see tomorrow:
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We're having a Saturday update; we got something going up tomorrow. I'm not going to spoil it but it is related to Taral V. I think people are going to like it; you're not going to have to work too hard to figure it out but it is something people have been asking for consistently for quite a long time.
No, it isn't a release date. But yeah, we're having an update tomorrow.
Working Dissection of the trailer is in the Media Gallery below. As with all dissections, we will not comment on stuff seen in prior videos. Make sure to keep checking out throughout the weekend for more content for the Dissection as we will add new content as we go. Official DevTracker post follows after the jump.
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.
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.
To kick off the start of E3 BioWare showcased their new cinematic trailer, "Hope." Since BioWare seemingly never releases content without gameplay hints or marketing designs inside their message, it is appropriate to dissect. Below you will find what we saw and thought and for now, without pictures to ease the load on the site.
1:28- Trooper fires green lasers with two-handed gun, contrary to the normal red, perhaps indicates the modifiers last seen in the combat video dissection.
1:33- Grenade launcher confirmed as a possible weapon choice for Trooper?
1:40 - Malgus uses a Force Pull ability
1:56 - Malgus, a Sith Warrior, using Force Lightning
1:59- Trooper seemed to be able to resist the Force Lightning and actually press forward, attempting to attack with a knife.
2:34 - Sith wearing a mask, perhaps an indication of end-game gear
2:40 - Jedi Consular using Force Repulse (or something similar) and it only affects enemy targets, not friendly
2:49 - Jedi Consular using a staff lightsaber, lightsaber engravings
3:19 - Jedi Consular using the force to affect the environment (tree)
3:35 - Lightsaber snaps in half, and general damage to armor of main characters hints at an equipment damage/repair system
3:39 - Jedi Consular seemingly solidifying Malgus' lightsaber (you can see the cracks) and the lightsaber isn't passing through her hand
3:41 - The lightsaber Malgus is using has an unusual extension that covers part of the lightsaber at the base
3:52 - The grenade explosion is blue, non-lethal at close range. Is it the cryoban genade we have seen before in the combat video dissection?
4:02 - Malgus' armor blackened and severly damaged from grenade explosion (perhaps wear & tear on gear is visible)
4:17 - Jedi Consular using charged up Force Push
4:19 - Force powers affecting the environment again (rocks) similar to what we noticed in the combat video dissection.
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.
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.
Sean Dahlberg alerted us to a new tab on the HoloNet: Inhabitants.
If you've been waiting for information about the colorful creatures, species, and droids that populate the galaxy, make sure to check out our new HoloNet expansion - Inhabitants! In this section you can find new information and media about the galactic inhabitants that will entertain and challenge you in Star Wars: The Old Republic.
Inhabitants will be updated regularly, so be sure to check back often to get the latest updates and information!
Darth Hater consensus speculation is none of the described Inhabitants are playable so far, including both Humanoids.
Plus, we were informed about three more characters we may see in game:
We've expanded the Biographies section of the HoloNet to include more of the exciting figures you will meet in Star Wars: The Old Republic!
This update includes profiles of three of the most influential people in The Old Republic era: Galactic Republic Special Forces commander, General Garza; the fierce warrior and sole ruler of the Mandalorians, Mandalore; and the star of the Deceived cinematic trailer, the ruthless Darth Malgus!
This is just the second in a series of regular updates to the Biographies section so be sure to check back regularly!
Aurebesh translations and dissections after the jump (keep checking back; we're updating this on the fly).
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!