Star Wars: The Old Republic Studio Insider, Q&A, Artwork, and More

This week's update to the official Star Wars: The Old Republic website sees the addition of a new "Studio Insider" article that takes us through the creation of a starship courtesy of designer Ryan Dening, new concept art for Dromund Kaas, Tatooine, and Belsavis, some additional fan art, and more. Here's an excerpt from the Q&A included in the "Studio Insider" article:
Q: Can you miss acquiring a companion without realizing it during the game? (asked by DarthPrecious)

A: Generally speaking, these opportunities are all pretty obvious to the player, as they occur along the main path of your Class Quests. We do, however, reserve the right to put some goodies out there for the particularly ambitious player to find.

Q: Will characters from Knights of the Old Republic be mentioned and will events from Knights of the Old Republic II have an impact on the game? (asked by Forcemachine)

A: All I can say for the KOTOR and KOTOR II fans out there is you will not be disappointed. The Old Republic has been written from Day One of development with the idea that it was a true sequel to the original Knights of the Old Republic games. For folks that have not played those games, you will certainly feel right at home as well, but to get the full backstory we do encourage players to play KOTOR I and II. Or maybe at least read the Wookieepedia entries!