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.
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.
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.
The second issue of The Lost Suns, a five issue comic book mini-series based upon Star Wars: The Old Republic, was released last week. The story picks up where it left off in the first installment, with Theron Shan seeking out Jedi Master Ngani Zho, who has recently resurfaced after it was thought that he had been lost in the war.
Editor's Note: The following dissection includes several plot spoilers.
On June 8, Dark Horse Comics released the first issue of The Lost Suns, a five issue mini-series based upon Star Wars: The Old Republic. Like Threat of Peace and Blood of the Empire, this series promises to include hints regarding what players can look forward to in SWTOR. In the following article, we take a closer look at the first issue to discover what possible clues are buried within.
The grandeur of being a Jedi Knight is one of the most alluring and respected callings in the entire galaxy. Children want to be them; adults thank the Force for them. Jedi Masters -- particularly those on the Jedi Council -- are even more revered.
BioWare winds down from PAX East 2011 in this week's DevTracker Highlights. Principal Lead Combat Designer Georg Zoeller discusses the color of blaster shots, the Taral V Developer Walkthrough video, day and night cycles, the extent of companion use, and the goal of heroic combat. Senior Writer Alexander Freed explains the evolution of Satele Shan in different Star Wars media. Lead Writer Daniel Erickson expands the classes that the Miraluka species can play as. Community Manager Stephen Reid talks pre-orders and Master Otegs voice according to LucasFilm. Hit the jump for the highlights.
The upcoming issue of Star Wars Insider Magazine features a preview panel of a new Star Wars: The Old Republic comic titled The Old Republic: The Lost Suns to release in June:
The Old Republic: The Lost Suns. A five-issue series set during the timeframe of the highly-anticipated MMO The Old Republic, The Lost Suns is set approximately 3,600 years before the movies. It stars Republic spy Theron Shan, son of Jedi Master Satele Shan, and packs explosive revelations relating to the events of the game. For this tale the games senior writer Alexander Freed reunites with the Blood of the Empire creative team of Dave Ross (pencils), Mark McKenna (inks), Michael Atiyeh (colors), and Benjamin Carre (covers).
LucasArts treated us last month to a full day of Star Wars: The Old Republic at their headquarters in San Francisco. Sado and Orionark leveled a Jedi Knight through Level 10. Read on for an in-depth account of our play session, including our impressions of the class' combat, storyline and companion mechanics.
Warning: We've separated the story section of this article into its own page as it contains spoilers for the entire Tython quest line, so skip it if you'd rather stay in the dark.
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.
In the last few weeks we speculated about multiple locations that may appear in Star Wars: The Old Republic. Dantooine, Yavin IV, and Geonosis are all well represented in the marketing but today we are focusing on one of the more subtly referenced planetoids. When the Biography section debuted we noticed that Brentaal, Satele Shan's home world, sounded familiar. We quickly realized fans were first introduced to this planet as the namesake of the Republic cruiser the Brentaal Star during the Kill the Captain/Save the Captain flashpoint demo. With two hints on the table, we thought this planet deserved a closer look.