LucasArts and BioWare are working on a new Star Wars game set within the Old Republic era of the franchise. The previous two collaborations with the two companies spawned Knights of the Old Republic I and II, which are lauded as the most critically acclaimed Star Wars game.
This time however, instead of just simply returning to the Old Republic, LucasArts and BioWare are taking the franchise to it’s next logical step and turning it into an MMO. The Old Republic is set roughly 300 years after the events of Knights of the Old Republic and is a period of time that is completely unexplored in the lore.
Here is a portion of the press release.
“In Star Wars: The Old Republic, players will explore an age thousands of years before the rise of Darth Vader when war between the Old Republic and the Sith Empire divides the galaxy. Players can choose to play as Jedi, Sith, or a variety of other classic Star Wars roles, defining their personal story and determining their path down the light or dark side of the Force. Along the way, players will befriend courageous companions who will fight at their side or possibly betray them, based on the players’ actions. Players can also choose to team up with friends to battle enemies and overcome incredible challenges using dynamic Star Wars combat.”
About the announcement Dr. Ray Muzyka, Co-Founder and General Manager/CEO of BioWare and General Manager/Vice President of Electronic Arts Inc., added the games’ story is being developed by BioWare and are promising “an overarching narrative that players can enjoy, regardless of their play style”. Also stated their goal to “offer players an emotionally rewarding experience that combines the traditional elements of MMO gameplay with innovations in story and character development.”
For more information about Star Wars: The Old Republic visit www.StarWarsTheOldRepublic.com.