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.
A few months ago we got a not-so-subtle tip from Rob Chestney that the Threat of Peace webcomic is an important asset for internet detectives following Star Wars: The Old Republic. For us here at Darth Hater, we see it as a relatively untapped well of gameplay and story information, possibly rivaling the Holonet. To this end we thought it might be a good idea to look at some of the more unusual or interesting clues that may be hidden in the art and story of the comic. Hit the jump for a fresh look at the Threat of Peace.
The Sands of Tatooine and Threat of Peace #22 were both announced today for Star Wars: The Old Republic via Sean:
The twenty-second issue of Threat of Peace takes us to the long-abandoned Jedi Enclave on Dantooine, where Lieutenant Tavus meets the true culprit behind the efforts to undermine the peace treaty. It seems Master Dar'nala survived her Imperial captivity after all, and everything thats happened since has been all part of her plan. Despite his doubts, Lieutenant Tavus agrees to assist Master Dar'nala in completing her plan by slaying the Sith mastermind, Lord Baras.
Check out the latest issue of Threat of Peace now.
Far in the Outer Rim, the sands of Tatooine bake beneath the glare of two bright suns. Small pockets of barely civilized communities dot the desolate landscape, surrounded by the endless expanse of barren dunes and rocky canyons that have silently slain so many of those who ventured out into desert. Among the small shantytowns and settlements that persist, travelers may find shelter from the brutal climate, but trust is as rare as water on this lawless world. Visitors and locals alike must constantly watch their backs in Tatooines townships.
Access the HoloNet records to find out more about the desert wasteland of Tatooine, and the mysteries buried in its scorched sands. Be sure to check out the Media section to get the latest screenshots, concept art, and wallpapers depicting this harsh, desert wasteland.
Today Sean announced the battle of Bothawui and a new Threat of Peace:
The Battle of Bothawui
A new holorecord in the Jedi Archive captures a poignant moment in the Republics recent history. Master Gnost-Dural recounts the story of the battle of Bothawuia battle in which the courage and sacrifice of Jedi and Republic forces scored a major victory against the Sith Empire.
BTC 18 Nearly a decade after the return of the Sith Empire and the start of the Great War, the Empire had scored dozens of victories, establishing its dominance in the Outer Rim. As the Sith turned their forces toward the Mid Rim, however, the Republic prepared a bold surprise. When an Imperial squadron arrived to seize control of Bothawui, the entire Republic fleet was waiting. The fleets victory was celebrated across the galaxy, but the truly inspiring moment was yet to come. As the Republic fleet dispersed to defend other battlefronts, only a small force remained behind to face the Empires retribution. The Jedi and Republic troopers on Bothawui never had a chance of surviving the Imperial attack, but their courage and selflessness in the face of impossible odds won a victory far greater than that from any single battle. The heroic stand on Bothawui restored hope across the galaxy, and rallied the Republics forces to fight with renewed courage.
Watch the fifth Timeline holorecord, The Battle of Bothawui, narrated by actor Lance Henriksen.
Threat of Peace #18
The eighteenth issue of Threat of Peace is full of suspense and suspicion. Jedi Master Orgus Din is called away from Balmorra to pursue a suspect in the Senate Tower bombing, the Bounty Hunter Braden. Meanwhile, Lord Baras foils an assassination attempt on Korriban, and Jedi Knight Fortris Gall requests Lieutenant Tavuss help on Dantooine.
Issue 15 of the Threat of Peace webcomic is now online:
The fifteenth issue of Threat of Peace takes us to the chaotic conflict on Balmorra where Republic military forces have failed to make the deadline for withdrawal. Lieutenant Tavus and Master Orgus land on Balmorra where the Republic general makes it clear that his forces are unable to withdraw they're been drawn back into battle with the Imperials after the heroics of Jedi Knight Fortris Gall. Master Orgus confronts his former Padawan even as Lieutenant Tavus and Satele Shan set out to visit another world where the war still rages
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