This game can arguably be considered the most exciting game of E3 last year. In 2010 it seems to be repeating its glory.
TOR is at its core an MMO. It has all of the elements of classic MMOs. You will see leveling progression, gear drops, group dungeons, PVP, talent trees, and most of the other staples of successful multiplayer RPGs. What will set this game apart is its claim to bring a new aspect to the genre; story. The Old Republic has a team of over 15 writers working though countless missions that will be unique for each of the 8 classes. Immersion is often key to making a great MMO and TOR claims to be bringing it like no other.
TOR at E3 kicked off with another amazing cinematic trailer from the studios of Blur
- Player housing in the form of ships for every playable character
- New confirmed playable races (Twi’lek, Rattataki, Chiss)
- “Hope” cinematic trailer
- Playable demos for PVE and PVP
A Sith Warrior and Inquisitor team up through an early level dungeon
Among all of the new information from E3 we received the news about player ships seems the most impressive. Ever since the forums for the game launched one of the biggest topics of debate was what they would be doing about player housing. Many argued for and against the housing areas of Galaxies. I personally fell into the crowd that hoped for some sort of instanced housing. I’m not sure if player ships will be instanced but the concept for them seems amazing. For those of you who played KOTOR or KOTOR II you will remember that having the Ebon Hawk as your base of operations was immensely helpful and refreshing. I can’t wait to bring you all aboard my personal ship for some drinks.
This game has been on my radar since its announcement late summer of 2008. Information about it though scarce has painted an amazing picture of the future of MMO gaming. From full voiceover acting to extreme character and ship customization it promises to truly deliver where many recent MMOs have been lacking. Perhaps the most amazing thing about this game is that it will be set in the Star Wars universe. Lets be honest, if you love video games, you love Star Wars.