Category: Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

Star Wars: The Old Republic Eternity Vault

Oh SWTOR how your wonderful videos seem to always occupy my Fridays. Even on this, the start of PAX I can’t help but me drawn away from all other news and mesmerized by the activation of a lightsaber. In this outing we see a developer walkthrough of the Eternity Vault, something that was showcased not too long ago at Gamescon. In this video we see BioWare’s Dallas Dickenson give us a nice walkthrough of the first pieces of The Eternity Vault in Star Wars: The Old Republic.

What catches my initial attention is that this is not really an optional mission. As stated this is something that happens to you when you hit level 50. While this is not a bad thing I’m more curious as to how this will relate to the rest of the game. What happens if you are engrossed in a quest when you hit that level?

As the trailer progresses we see a battle take place on a capital ship as you work your way to an escape pod as we transition down to the planet and off to the vault. I am a fan of cutscenes that mask the load times between events and areas. It’s a simple an understandable way to totally distract the user from the fact that they are playing a video game and keep them fully engrossed in the world.

From here we simply get a look at how all parties and groups work together to take on some rather large scale bosses. While the battles don’t seem particularly daunting with the right mix of players it begs the question of how you will be paired up when you try to take on the Eternity Vault.

But that’s not the only bit of news we have for you. Over at Metro they recently conducted an interesting interview with one of BioWare lead designer on Star Wars: The Old Republic, Emmanuel Lusinchi. When asked about the rather unusual style of the visuals in the game he responded with:

Okay, so the art style. We do that on purpose because a realistic looking game will look great the first year, will look okay the second year, and look terrible three years later when people make fun of it. While a more abstract style has more longevity. More polygons, better technology, would add nothing to the style we’ve chosen.

We want people to be able to play this game forever, literally.

Did you catch that last sentence? They want people to be able to play Star Wars: The Old Republic forever. “Literally”. While the ability to play an MMO forever is not outside of the realm of possibility with enough writing and timeSWTOR is a bit different. Since this is a story based MMORPG with voice acting and subsequent animations involved this means that the folks over at BioWare are looking to do something rather impressive with this. But let’s say that 5 years down the road you wish to take your Jedi into the Dark Side and become a Sith. I mean hell, Jedi do it right? Vador, Dooku, Revan. Heck Revan flipped, then redeemed himself. He’s all over the board. Metro flat out asked if this was possible.

So, the universe is at war. The Republic and the Empire are mortal enemies, they are in a kind of cold war. And we didn’t think it would make any sense for you to kind of leave one side and go and work for the other. If you don’t like what your government is doing typically you don’t go and join the enemy, you try to change your government. And so that’s what we’ve explored.

So if you’re born in the Sith Empire you’re not necessarily evil, that’s just where you’re born and because there’s a war going on you care about your people and you don’t want them hurt. So you will fight the Republic who are trying to bomb you into oblivion. But you will also fight the government and all the decisions that they are taking that are terrible and very aggressive.

But as a Republic person you will have Light Side and Dark Side choices. You can be a terrible, and I mean terrible, person working for the Republic. A lot like if you think of Knights Of The Old Republic, you were on the Republic’s side at that time although you could be really evil.

It seems that while you can be a Dark Side Jedi or a pretty nice Sith you can’t just walk away from the Republic and become a member of the Sith. Check out more of the interview to learn a little bit more about Star Wars: The Old Repbulic.

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I sing enough of BioWare‘s praises, but honestly I can’t get enough.  They really know how to create a game that takes root within you, leaving you continually thinking about the engrossing characters.

Think back to the BioWare classic RPG, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic.  You create your own Jedi, and throughout your journey you continue to hear about this incredibly evil Sith, Revan.  In the biggest reveal this side of the galaxy, you find out that YOU were Revan!  How crazy was that!!  And how unforgettable!

"Is that an order, Commander?"

For a more recent example, well, this weekend I finally beat Mass Effect 2.  Predictably, in the original Mass Effect, I developed a relationship with Kaidan Alenko.  Sensitive and caring, I fell head over heels for Kaidan.  Imagine my disappointment when I found out he wouldn’t be joining the team in ME2 – and that he would, in fact, feel hurt and have strong words for me when we reunited on Horizon.

Can’t really say I blame the guy.  After our heated night prior to Ilos and saving the Citadel, I randomly disappear for two years?  That’s gotta hurt.

Anyways, in ME2, you have a larger selection of choices if you’re looking for a romance (from one option to three).  One flirtatious comment can send you into a whirlwind of romance and have them knocking on your cabin door the night before the suicide mission.

A side note – I gotta admit, I was a little disappointed in the choices for romances this game.  Granted, Jacob is a sexy beefcake, but there’s not really a deep emotional connection with him.  Thane kinda freaks me out the way he looks like a frog and has those crazy eyes and precise memory.  And Garrus just looks…sharp.

I decided to hold out, since in the third Mass Effect, I’m just 100% positive I’ll be able to see Kaidan again.  I’m not even praying that he’s in it because I’m so sure that he will be.  (You hearing this BioWare?  Don’t let me down!)  I’m also positive that there will be some amazing reunion action.

However, poor Shepard had to suffer the consequences of the lack of romance.  The worst was on the eve of the suicide mission, my lonely Commander Shepard locked herself in her room and stared at a picture of Kaidan, potentially resorting to, erm, Polishing the Console.  *wink wink, nudge nudge*  How sad is that!

By the way, since every other relationship culminates in a sexy scene, why doesn’t Shepard get her own, solo scene when she decides to forgo a relationship?  Can you imagine Fox news reacting to that?

Garrus

"Talk to me, Garrus. It's sexy."

Another sad fact?  I’ve become so deprived of tenting action that I’ve even started thinking Garrus is sexy.  Mmmm, that growly voice…

I’ve already started a second game and can’t wait to get my flirt on with all the guys.

PS – BioWare, feel free to consult myself or Wadoobie on ME3.  Or send us copies and we’d be happy to help test!

-Kat

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