Old Republic E3 News Live From EA Press Conference

UPDATE: New Trailer Added To Post

The Old Republic was shown off as the last of ten games during Electronic Arts’ E3 presentation today. Here’s what we learned:

  • Each player will get their own, customizable starship.
  • PvP will feature massive battles in classic Star Wars battlegrounds (like Alderaan). Empire vs. Republic, Jedi vs. Sith.
  • New trailer being shown, titled “Hope.”
  • Republic soldiers ambush an EmpireĀ battalionĀ in a forested area. Lead Sith beats the snot out of the Republic general with Force Lightning and attempts to cut his head off via lightsaber as humiliation.
  • As one might predict, a fellow Jedi shows up to stop this from happening. Beautiful female warrior with a dual-bladed saber.
  • The two fight for a bit, and the Jedi uses her Force powers to engage in a little “deforestation” as a distraction.
  • Sith cuts the Jedi’s saber in two and attempts to stab her through the chest, but she uses her hand (and presumably the Force) to hold it off under great strain.
  • The Republic general, having regained some of this strength, runs up and sets off a bomb in close proximity to the Sith, knocking them both back.
  • The Jedi recovers, pushes him into a cliff and then hadoken’s the dude with a concentrated ball of Force, shattering both the Sith and the rock wall behind him.
  • General stands up, generic message of hope, cue epic shot of the planet, ships entering from behind the screen in true Star Wars fashion, aaaaand logo.
  • The trailer was, like the previous one, not gameplay.

Well, apparently that’s all we’re getting at this conference. Considering what exists of the gameplay out there, I’m not surprised they went with a pre-baked trailer instead. It’s hard to make an MMORPG looks really exciting in front of a large audience, anyway. Still, I would’ve hoped for more information on the content anyway, and the few details we got barely scratched the surface. An announcement of PvP, but no specifics?

Luckily, the game will be on the show floor tomorrow, and with iTZKooPA in attendance, we may be able to bring you more interesting footage in the coming days (assuming they allow footage to be taken of it, and he can make the time).


  1. Yeah, what I’ve seen of actual gameplay looks kind of…. dated? A bit like what we’ve seen in past KotOR games?

    The game still has quite a few months of development to go, though, so we’ll see what happens between now and release.

  2. I definitely am scared from the gameplay I am seen. I don’t think graphics make games, but I do feel like they can kill them. I want to think it is because I am used to the WoW-style graphics, but I don’t think thats the case. I loved the Aion style, just not Aion. I am hoping for a big graphic overhaul or else this game sadly may not be for me.

  3. Oh, believe me. If anything’s running on an ancient engine, it’s World of Warcraft. But art direction can go a long way towards truly making a game.

    Whether it looks nice or not, loads of people enjoy the series (not only Star Wars, but Knights of the Old Republic in particular), and it can still find success with that crowd.

    I’m probably going to give it a shot when it actually hits shelves, but unlike fans, that trailer didn’t do a whole lot for me.

  4. The trailers would make nice movies. As far as the game goes, I am sure I will also try it, and so far the concept seems like something I can get into. I guess my mind assumed it would have a more Force Unleashed look and feel.

  5. @ Barugaara

    I’m with you on the Force Unleashed.

    A link to the vid, or posting it here would be nice Amatera.

    As for the video itself, as both a gamer and fanboy of the franchise, I’m tentative on playing the game the more they release about it. The story looks amazaing, and so do these scenes, but it makes me want a CGI saga of it’s own, rather than a MMO-RPG.

    I don’t know, things could change in the next year before it’s released – It’s still worth a try in my opinion. Go go 14 day trials…

  6. Yeah, will upload the video in a sec. It wasn’t out there while the conference was live, but seems like it’s making the rounds now.

  7. @Amatera The gameplay art wise looks like WoW. They have to make the game accessible to as many people as possible since not everyone cares about PC gaming anymore and has an up to date computer.

    Personally I will most likely quit WoW for this game. Both the KotoR games were really fun and I can honestly say, I’ve never disliked anything Biowares done.

  8. The game looks nothing like WoW from what I have seen. And PC gaming is at a high compared to what it used to be.

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