In the Star Wars universe there is no more famous archetype than that of a lightsaber wielding Jedi or Sith. Among these villains and heroes, there is one category of character who is better described as infamous: The Bounty Hunter. Donning armor, blasters, and all manner of gadgetry, these soldiers for hire give Star Wars fans an alternative to the hokey religions and ancient weapons of Jedi. For these reasons and more, BioWare has included the Bounty Hunter as one of the eight main classes in Star Wars: The Old Republic.
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.
GTTV is promoting an exclusive behind the scenes making of a new Star Wars: The Old Republic trailer. The footage will be part of a slew of E3 world premieres set for broadcast this Friday at 11PM. Inside the promo we recognized a few of the team members of Blur, the studio that brought you the original Deceived trailer.
UPDATE: BioWare's Sean Dahlberg announced the following today:
Sneak Peek on Gametrailers TV Just cant wait for E3 to get here? Well, youre in luck! GameTrailers TV will be airing a special pre-E3 edition on Friday, June 11th. During the show, there will be a Behind the Scenes segment where youll get a sneak peek at our next cinematic trailer! Check your local listing for air time.
New TOR-related items are also available from the Star Wars Shop, and a countdown clock is appearing as part of the SWTOR.com homepage Flash animation as well.
In related industry news, Gamasutra is reporting Epic Games China CEO Paul Meegan is LucasArts' new president, filling the vacancy left by Darrell Rodriguez.
The teaser image for E3 happens to be a logo for the Havoc squad, possibly alluding to the content of the trailer.