Since its release in 2011, the massively multiplayer online role playing game Star Wars: The Old Republic has captivated thousands of gamers and Star Wars fans alike. Now comes the ultimate in-depth guide to the turbulent and fascinating world featured in the game — The Old Republic.
Created in full collaboration with LucasArts, this in-depth companion covers the spectrum of characters, weapons, vehicles, events, and planets of Star Wars: The Old Republic. More than just an encyclopedia, it is the ultimate guided tour of the dangerous and mysterious universe found in a galaxy far, far away.
The video can be found after the jump.
Speaking of SWTOR related books, it's worth noting that Drew Karpyshyn's novel, Revan, became available in paperback this week. The book has several tie-ins with events found in-game and is a must read for players interested in the lore surrounding Revan.
Star Wars: The Old Republic: Revan hits store shelves next Tuesday. With the release less than a week away, facts about the novel are rapidly becoming more available. Jay Shephard and Chris Wyman had an interview with the author, Drew Karpyshyn, in their latest episode of The ForceCast: Jedi Journals. During the interview, they discuss Drew's previous Star Wars books, Revan, and the Dark Side. Drew also revealed that his recently announed SWTOR book will take place after SWTOR's in-game story. The episode is available on the podcast's website, as well as iTunes. The intervew begins at 1:14:41 and runs just under 30 minutes.
If you cannot wait for Revan to release, Drew also compiled a list of websites that have posted other interviews and excerpts from the book.
This week's Star Wars: The Old Republic Friday Update gives us the Imperial Agent progression video. The video gives a good look at both Advanced Classes. The Operative is shown using stealth and crowd control to get the upper hand on her enemies. The Sniper makes use of portable cover and high-powered rifles to take out her targets from a distance.
Many of you have been wondering how long Early Game Access will last, and we are now happy to announce that depending on when you redeem your Pre-Order Code, you will gain Early Game Access up to five days before the official game launch date.
Early Game Access is staggered over five days to ensure a quality experience for players at launch. Staggering access aids server stability and a gradual increase in player population through the game. Early Game Access will be granted according to when your Pre-Order Code is redeemed at the Code Redemption Center. If you have not yet pre-ordered Star Wars: The Old Republic, there's still time! Visit our Pre-Order page for more information and watch the Collector's Edition Unboxing video for a peek inside this highly coveted edition of the game.
At New York Comic Con during the Del Rey Star Wars Books Panel, Drew Karpyshyn revealed that he will pen a second Star Wars: The Old Republic novel in Fall 2012. Unfortunately, Drew did not give any details on the subject of the book or its name. When more information becomes available about the novel, you can be sure we will bring it to you as it happens.
On another note, Drew stated that when fans pick up the Revan novel on November 15, it will include details on how Revan turned to the dark side. He also stated players want the full Revan experience in SWTOR will have to play the Republic and then Empire.
Update: Full audio of the panel is now available for stream and download below.
The galaxy's historic texts recount the tales of heroes and villains as a simple conflict between good and evil. The heroes are portrayed as infallible beings unable to falter from their quest for peace and justice. However, reality sees the side of these heroes that the history books do not. It knows about Revan and his fall before saving the galaxy from the evil clutches of Darth Malak. History also knows about the similar path his companion, Bastila Shan, took during Revan's redemption. Reality is full of gray and Bastila, one of the galaxy's greatest heroes, was anything but infallible.
An excerpt from Drew Karpyshyn's upcoming novel, Revan, was published in the latest issue of Star Wars Insider. The excerpt features Revan in the Ebon Hawk as he navigates the ship down to land. Canderous Ordo gets a mention among others as well. For anyone looking forward to the novel, the excerpt should tide them over.
Star Wars Insider issue #127 will be available on shelves July 26, but you can order the full digital copy now at Zinio Digital Magazines for PC, iPad, and Mac. Star Wars: The Old Republic: Revan will be available on November 15, but you can pre-order it now on Amazon.
Star Wars is known for iconic characters that stand the test of time. These characters have a cultural impact that go well beyond their original appearances, leading many fans to seek out any possible information on their favorite characters. Star Wars: The Old Republic is continuing this trend by supplying information about BioWare's classic character Darth Revan from Knights of the Old Republic. In preparation for learning the end of Revan's story, we decided it might be a good idea to take a look at his beginning.
Theres something out there: a juggernaut of evil bearing down to crush the Republic -- unless one lone Jedi, shunned and reviled, can stop it.
Revan: hero, traitor, conqueror, villain, savior. A Jedi who left Coruscant to defeat Mandalorians and returned a disciple of the dark side, bent on destroying the Republic. The Jedi Council gave Revan his life back, but the price of redemption was high. His memories have been erased. All thats left are nightmares and deep, abiding fear.
What exactly happened beyond the Outer Rim? Revan can't quite remember, yet cant entirely forget. Somehow he stumbled across a terrible secret that threatens the very existence of the Republic. With no idea what it is, or how to stop it, Revan may very well fail, for hes never faced a more powerful and diabolic enemy. But only death can stop him from trying.
The Random House listing contains the synopsis above as well as other important details pertaining to the book. Pre-orders are available via Amazon and Random House should you be interested in picking up the novel later this year. Revan by Drew Karpyshyn hits store shelves on November 15, 2011.
Drew Karpyshyn, Senior Writer on Star Wars: The Old Republic took time out to detail some of the points fans will be reading in the upcoming Revan novel. Among several points that were elaborated on were the differences between the players version of Revan in Knights of the Old Republic and Revan's importance.
To put it bluntly, Revan in the book will not be the uber-powered death machine you controlled at the end of the video game. You might have min-maxed your character to smack Darth Malak down in seconds without breaking a sweat, but in a book that battle would have been a brutal, hard fought affair spread over multiple pages. In a video game it's fun to kill hundreds of Sith Masters, but in a book that would just be boring. It would suck out any drama or conflict or tension, and as an author I have no interest in writing that.
Now, I suspect some of you are already getting worked up about how Im ruining SW canon by nerfing the Revan from the game. Well, tough. The game was a game the powers and abilities you had in it were ways to make the game fun. They were representative of Revans power level versus enemies faced in the game, but they weren't a blueprint of his abilities in the persistent fiction of the Star Wars universe.
That doesn't mean Im going to ignore Revans accomplishments as detailed in the game. The high level events and history are canon. Revan did defeat Mandalore and Darth Malak. He was an incredibly powerful Jedi. But a powerful Jedi in story terms (films, TV, books) is very different from a powerful Jedi in game terms.
To catch more of the article, make sure to visit Drew's blog. Pre-orders are also available via Amazon should you be interested in picking up the novel later this year.
Update: According to Del Ray, the Revan novel release date was shifted to November 15th.
STAR WARS: CHOICES OF ONE moves back to July 19, 2011 STAR WARS: HEIR TO THE EMPIRE 20th Anniversary Edition moves to September 6, 2011 STAR WARS: THE OLD REPUBLIC: REVAN moves to November 15, 2011
Hat tip to DarthNii on the heads up on the change.
Update 2: Drew Karpyshyn confirmed the shifted release date as the official one via Twitter just moments ago.
Website updated. I'm a day late with the Tweet, so I figure I owe you something else: the official release date for Revan is Nov 15!
Today Star Wars: The Old Republic announced Drew Karpyshyn is authoring a new novel titled Revan. An in-depth interview with Karpyshyn is also available on the official site.
Q: In what ways will readers who have read Revan benefit when playing Star Wars: The Old Republic?
A: I think the novel will give them a much better understanding of the Sith Emperor and the Empire, for one thing. The Old Republic Sith Empire is very different from what people know from the movies, or even from the Great Hyperspace War comics that focus on characters like Naga Sadow and Ludo Kressh.
The novel will also give them some very direct background and detailed information that ties in directly with key Flashpoints in the game. I can't say too much, of course, but like any great prequel the books will give you the details of what came before to add an extra layer of depth to the experiences in the game.
As you might expect from the title, the main character of the forthcoming novel is Revan of the Knights of The Old Republic series. While that sets the novel some 300 years before the time of the game, Karpyshyn let us know that there will be some significant characters [in the novel] who appear in Star Wars: The Old Republic.
The book will be available "later this year," which surely bears some relationship to "soon." Hit the jump for the official announcement.
In other news, if you are in the Austin, TX area tomorrow, Austin Books & Comics is hosting a Star Wars Day featuring autograph sessions with Star Wars: The Old Republic comic authors Rob Chestney and Alexander Freed. Details about appearances from film stars and schedules available here.
Being set hundreds of years after the KOTOR games, it is uncertain exactly how many characters are reprising their role in Star Wars: The Old Republic. However, there is one unique character that we know is returning, much to the delight of meatbags everywhere. At last year's PAX Prime, BioWare revealed that HK-47 will be in game and connected to a story line revolving around Darth Revan. Hit the jump for a closer look at this fan favorite.
The Timeline series is a wonderful source of information on the history preceding Star Wars: The Old Republic. Over the last year we carefully analyzed the first sevenvideos, breaking them down to learn as much as we can about the circumstances that shaped the galaxy. Continuing this series, we now take a closer look at the eighth, ninth, and tenth entry in this fan favorite.
One of the greatest threats to the Republic preceding the Great War arose approximately three hundred years before when the Sith Lords Darth Revan and Darth Malak began the Jedi Civil War. Jedi Master Gnost-Durals historical investigation steps back to this era, and he examines new evidence which reshapes the Orders understanding of the events surrounding Revans fall and his ultimate fate.
Quote: BTC 303 Three hundred years before the Sacking of Coruscant, two prominent Jedi Knights pursued enemy forces into Deep Space at the conclusion of the Mandalorian Wars. When the two Jedi, Revan and Malak, returned to Republic space, they had fallen to the dark side. As Sith Lords, Revan and Malak began searching the galaxy for a powerful ancient artifact known as the Star Forge. During their dark campaign, however, Malaks ambitions grew and eventually drove him to betray Revan, sparking the bloody Jedi Civil War. Though Revan was ultimately redeemed and restored peace to the galaxy, he disappeared afterward in search of a great darkness in Deep Space. Through his investigation, Master Gnost-Dural now confirms that this great darkness is the Sith Empire the Jedi Order battles today.
Watch the latest Timeline holorecord, The Jedi Civil War, narrated by actor Lance Henriksen.
Although Dantooine has not been officially announced as a planet in Star Wars: The Old Republic, we repeatedly see it crop up in the marketing: namely within the Threat of Peace webcomic. With the recent influx of planet reveals, we thought it would be a good idea to reevaluate other locations we may see in future updates. Since BioWare is known to give hints to unreleased content, we feel it is in the community's best interest to take a closer look at one of the first known planets of the Star Wars universe.
Last Friday, Taris became the tenth announced planet for Star Wars: The Old Republic. Taris is an iconic and special location for fans of BioWare, first seen in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. Taris was mentioned in numerous books and other video games, such as Star Wars: Empire at War. Perhaps by understanding how Taris evolved into abandoned ruins, we can understand why the Republic would wish to start anew.
Sean Dahlberg introduced us to Taris, another planet included in Star Wars: The Old Republic.
Once home to a thriving civilization, Taris was razed by the Sith Lord Darth Malak 300 years ago during the Jedi Civil War. As a symbol of hope, redemption, and defiance, the Republic has begun an unlikely effort to re-colonize Taris. To do so, they will have to deal with the toxic soil, dangerous pirates, and ferocious rakghouls the only survivors of the Sith bombardment. Determined to overcome the challenges, Republic and Jedi leaders are moving forward with the effort. However, Imperial intelligence has other plans
Access the Holonet to read about the history of Taris and the re-colonization of this ruined world swarming with rakghouls. Also, see the scarred surface of Taris in this video and visit the media section for exclusive screenshots, concept art, and wallpapers