On June 1 at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles, game developer BioWare (Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Mass Effect) unveiled a trailer for Star Wars: The Old Republic, the forthcoming massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) set in that galaxy far, far away.
It’s not gameplay footage, but the action-packed cinematic looks amazing and, if you’ve played Star Wars: KotOR, you know that BioWare understands this mythology, crafting interactive adventures that outdo just about everything franchise creator George Lucas has churned out over the past decade. It will be interesting to see if that attention to story and character carries over to an MMORPG style of play.
Set 300 years after Star Wars: KotOR and its sequel—but thousands of years before the Star Wars films—The Old Republic casts players as bounty hunters, soldiers, smugglers or other unannounced character classes as war rages between the Galactic Republic and the Sith Empire.
Neither BioWare nor publisher LucasArts have announced a release date for The Old Republic and, as of this writing, it remains uncertain whether the game will make the jump from the PC to home consoles.
Watch the video below (via GameTrailers), but be warned: It just might get you geeked about Star Wars all over again.