Star Wars: The Old Republic Preview

Strategy Informer has cranked out what appears to be a hands-on preview of LucasArts and BioWare's ambitious sci-fi MMORPG, Star Wars: The Old Republic.
...the characters are remarkably well rendered, especially for a game featuring a cast of thousands. Even the NPCs are impeccably animated and excellently voiced. Hopefully this level of quality should remain consistent throughout the game, with each character fully voiced in English, French and German. Clearly the story as with every BioWare title plays an integral part in The Old Republic, with our guide on the day stating that the overall vision for the game has always been, (genuine emotion and engagement.)

They're certainly on the right track with SWTOR and the generous choice of classes will cater to Star Wars fans of all shapes and sizes. The Jedi Knight, Sith Warrior, Han Solo aping Smuggler, Boba Fett-esque Bounty Hunter and newly revealed Imperial Agent, Yoda-like Jedi Consular and evil, lightning bolt-chucking Emperor style Sith Inquisitor class types each possess branching job specialities. So for example, you'll be able to customise your Smuggler by adopting either the scoundrel or gunslinger fields with each granting unique perks such as an underhand 'ňúdirty kick' or useful headshot boost.