So it’s finally official. Another one of the worse kept secrets in the MMO world. As we first predicted back in October 07, Bioware and Lucas Arts are making a Star Wars MMO.
Star Wars: The Old Republic (or SWtOR) is set 300 years after the events of Knights of the Old Republic, and 3,500 years before Anakin got into bondage gear and his asthma started playing up.
We’d always assumed it was going to be set around the old republic as that’s what Bioware has done before, but it’s a nice move setting it in a time span that no one has really covered before.
One of the biggest issues with Star Wars: Galaxies (apart from SOE making game changing alterations every 3 months), was the fact it was set in a well covered time frame. I’m sure it seemed like a good idea at the time, but it really left little manoeuvrability for them to expand the story. Galaxies was set in between A New Hope and Empire, when the Jedi were all but wiped out or in hiding… So wandering passed a bunch of Jedi openly having lightsaber battles in front of Mos Eisley spaceport really messes with the canon which ever way you try and spin it!
Star Wars: The Old Republic takes place after a great war, and an uneasy truce between the Jedi and the Sith. Violence is on the rise again, and the galaxy is looking to a new generation of heroes to help deal with the impending chaos…