Star Wars: The Old Republic Exclusive Preview - The Sith Warrior In-Depth

Get some in-depth intel on the mighty Sith Warrior profession in this highly anticipated online game.

The Old Republic will be BioWare and LucasArts' massively multiplayer game that takes place in the pre-A New Hope universe of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. We've already revealed all the game's character classes and covered many of the basics of gameplay, which developer BioWare ambitiously intends to infuse with all the in-depth story, intriguing characters, and moral choices of a traditional single-player role-playing game.

And as we've also revealed, you can play as characters on either side of the conflict between the evil Sith lords and the noble Jedi and their allies in the peace-loving Old Republic. One career path you can choose is that of the Sith Warrior, a powerful combat class that is unafraid to don a suit of heavy armor and is otherwise dedicated to following the dark side of the Force...and utterly trashing all enemies with brutal lightsaber-based attacks. We now have some new details on the profession's advanced capabilities, as well as one of its non-player character companions.

While the Sith Warrior class seems like a pretty straightforward profession with only two steps to success (step one: ignite lightsaber, step two: commence the hurting), it turns out that this class will branch into two separate, advanced classes: the juggernaut and the marauder. Juggernauts will be heavy-duty frontline fighters equipped with Force powers that increase their resistance to damage and demoralize their foes, making them even easier targets. (In online game parlance, this makes the juggernaut a Sith "tank" class.) The marauder class, on the other hand, focuses on dual-wielding two lightsabers at once and excels in combat with multiple opponents. (In online game terms, this would make the marauder a "DPS," or "damage per second," class that focuses primarily on dealing as much damage as possible.)

The Sith juggernaut laughs at your pathetic attempts to harm him.

In addition to having two promising career choices of either "laugh off your enemies' pitiful attacks" or "slice them to ribbons, then laugh," the Sith Warrior, like other professions in the game, can also recruit the services of "associate" characters--NPCs who can help fill out your adventuring party during those times when your other friends aren't logged into the game to join up or for those times when you'd prefer to fly solo. One of the Sith Warrior's companions will be Vette, a wisecracking pirate of the Twi'lek race (the humanoids with those crazy tentacles growing out of their heads, like Bib Fortuna from Return of the Jedi) with a dark past.

It seems that Vette was born into slavery, but her owner was ruined financially by the infamous pirate Nok Drayen, whom she decided to join in order to explore the universe--particularly, those places she wasn't supposed to be. Later, Drayen mysteriously emancipated all his slaves, and the young pirate found a new lease on life on the smuggler planet of Nar Shaddaa, where she meets your character and comes across as a character who has both a cynical side as well as a lighter side that comes out when people around her take themselves too seriously and seem like they need to be taken down a notch. It's suggested that Vette has some family out there, a sister and her mother, though she lost contact with them years ago.

The Sith marauder. Kills rebel scum dead.

Having learned more about both the advanced professions and the companions available to the Sith Warrior class, we're really looking forward to more updates on how the game's other professions will differentiate themselves as they become more powerful. GameSpot looks forward to bringing you new updates on the game very soon as we approach this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo in June.

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Scandals123
Scandals123

It'd be good if they could also fit in other Sith classes into the game somehow, like Sith Alchemist or something. Maybe as DLC?

captaink24
captaink24

I can't see how anyone is NOT going to play a Jedi/Sith in this game. Hopefully they can make the other 4 classes viable in end game and parties

ThePowerOfHAT
ThePowerOfHAT

It's strange. I'm so likely to play this game simply for the sake of getting all the different stories. I mean, I'll be playing it like it was a singleplayer game, most likely. Far as I'm concerned, KOTOR II doesn't even figure into the saga anyway - I didn't care for it, that's for sure - and this'd pretty much be my personal consideration for the sequel to KOTOR.

cjasko94
cjasko94

Holy crap I can't wait to play this game

SDSkarface
SDSkarface

what about Mass pvp? open pvp regardless of level? harsh penaties for dying in pvp? being able to talk and understand the enemy? (unlike wow,aion or other faction based games) these features breed an excellent community for an MMO and they should include these.

Berserk8989
Berserk8989

@Anatomimesteren Yes it will. I'm 100% sure that that the republic will be terribly outnumbered in the first months. I'll also play Sith probably, everyone should play what he wants, not what he "must", so they better make the republic look badass also.

dkdk999
dkdk999

@ retrocity buy kotor you'll see why this is better than battle front 3.

RetroCity
RetroCity

Please Lucas Arts create Starwars Battlefront 3. Dont follow the concept of WoW. I beg you.

jknight5422
jknight5422

Sounds like a retelling of the last 3 movies. yawn.

SithLordVenom
SithLordVenom

@ balerball_basic Thanks for clearing that up. It seems like people are forgetting that this isn't the next action adventure game. This is an mmo. A huge mmo at that spanning over different worlds. Arguably, they have deemed this game the biggest mmo EVER. So of course you won't expect them to have a nomination in the best game graphics. Also people are looking at this as if it is not an mmo. My questions is have you guys even played an mmo? You are questioning the movement as if it is suppose to play like batman or metal gear. Clearly people that are comparing this game to other genre's are going to be butt hurt about expectations.

balerball_basic
balerball_basic

I think people have to understand that this is still an MMO...and its for the PC..and b/c not everyone out there has a custom rig that can handle top end games they will always have to dumb down the graphics just a little bit to make everyone happy.. This game also has alot of time left to work out the bugs..isnt the est date like next year..lol so give them time..hell a new COD comes out every year (just to give you an idea of what can be done in a short time) im a little concerned about the MM aspect of the game**MM**ORPG all ive read is about the story..i want to know how its going to pan out with orgs and team bosses..loot..and all the goodies that make an MMO and MMO.. anyway thats my 2 cents..hope this game turns out well..

andalore
andalore

I'm excited about this, but its gonna be packed on the servers for the first few weeks :\ Oh Well it'll make a change from the Lonely emptiness of the Galaxies servers outside of Mos Eisley.

sirmilad
sirmilad

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lee1823
lee1823

@SirMordredx yeah... you're right... besides this still has plenty of development time. To be honest even if the graphics don't improve any (and they're not THAT bad anyway) as long as the game is huge / open, plays well and has a good story then i'll be interested. Don't get me wrong, graphics arent everything to me... i spend a lot of my time playing old PC games on dosbox or on my beloved dreamcast! my last comment prob made me sound a little shallow.... im not. I know Bioware where going to cater for 'lone players' on this too. one of the main things that puts me off MMO's is that i'm rarely free for hours on end at the same time due to work and other hobbies. This may be the game to introduce me to online gaming. Lets face it... Bioware have never put a foot wrong. please be good!

AzatiS
AzatiS

@goreroad Yo im not talking who released first or second. I said EQ also. Im just clarirying that WOW and its mechanics werent something new into MMORPG genre and everything it had , weve seen it in other MMORPGS already.. But had everything all other didnt , and that was good animation , great geometry of the open world , nice classes , intensive combat , nice skill mechanics etc etc etc etc etc etc ... i can think 100 things when i was first played it in beta... Now everything made it exciting , it lacks for SW- TOR.... Sorry but do you get exciting from these gameplay videos? Do you saw something cool till now? I havent.. 1 thing ... nothing!!

Dan4682
Dan4682

pretty soon, lightsabers will transform into flower that instead of cutting, they spread love, and word peace... lightsabers??? what happened

SirMordredX
SirMordredX

@lee1823 Well...while I get your point about single-player, Bioware always make single-player games - so it doesn't hurt if they just ONCE bother to make an MMO. But also, you simply C.A.N.T make an MMO with graphics on par with the single-player games of today - servers would crash with lag. Go look at WOW's graphics or even Guild Wars' graphics if you want to know what I mean; these are godly in comparrison; and anyway, artistic edge over technical power, am I right?

SrTVBR
SrTVBR

can't wait to buy it

SniperFire17
SniperFire17

Graphicly they are going for a more artistic look. The game is still pretty dang detailed. But they are shoving so much content into this game it's not even funny... We know graphics don't make a game right? There is alot of stuff being put into this game and I bet by release the game will look fantastic.

lee1823
lee1823

i know im gonna get the thumbs down here..... but this doesnt really look that good at all to me. compare this vid to say, mass effect 2. i loved the previous KOTOR games and finished them both on xbox. graphically i find this game inferior to recent bioware titles. i know graphics aint everything. but i dunno? i suppose im also put off by the fact that it's a mmorpg..... im a single player / story driven kinda guy. i wonder what it would have looked like if it was single player? i hope Bioware prove me wrong. the main thing is that it plays well and still has a great story. being a mmorpg i cant see how they can do it though. i suppose it will be mission based? hope im wrong

punisher41542o
punisher41542o

i would pay 100 dollars for a copy of the game if it was on 360. maybe even 125$.

hywel69
hywel69

@Rob, I know what you mean. However, I think some of the clips don't do the game justice. I've seen *other * clips of the game with much better animations and visuals. However, I agree this one is rubbish. It's like 4FPS or Charlie Chaplain movie, missing whole chunks of a movement..

bvjens31
bvjens31

I hope this is the game that SWG could have been...and more...

Robert1037
Robert1037

this doesnt look brilliant.. animation seemed abit off..

SniperFire17
SniperFire17

Still over a year away from release... Looks pretty good to me... Supposedly this is "Kotor 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, ect ect." If the developer isn't lying... How is that unimpressive?

kelvaris
kelvaris

I can't fathom the stupidity of the online community to post such comments. Bioware, good job, keep up the awesome work.

iamrob7
iamrob7

Hmm I hope the single player is organised in an unobtrusive way. I've no intention of playing an indefinite mmo. I just want to play the single player experience then leave it. I wish they would allow me to just play this game single player...

jumpy46
jumpy46

I like the art style for the most part, but the lightsaber hilts are huge! In the screenshot at the bottom, the Sith can't even wrap his hand around it.

Nexnesis
Nexnesis

Now we are talking, a class I can really sink my teeth into!

sandgroper
sandgroper

anyone who complains about graphics or art style hasn't played kotor!

Damascuss
Damascuss

@Theindexcard I agree with you, but I don't think this has much to do with development. The graphics in my opinion look amazing, what is throwing some people off is the art style. Another thing I think looks great. People said the same thing about WoW when it was about release, they said the graphics would ruin the game. Safe to say they were wrong. Longevity and (fun) gameplay will decide this games fate.

zacho123456
zacho123456

This class looks awsome. However, since I dont play MMOs, I am waiting to see if they integrate a true single player experience into this game. I hope they can do it, but I still dont see how a true single player storyline can play out to its final conclusion in an MMO. Then you would be done with the game and they couldn't screw you out of the monthly fee. (Sorry, I was trying to be nice, but I still resent the fact that they didn't make a KOTOR 3 single player game to resolve the storyline from KOTOR 1 and KOTOR 2).

Chilean_demon
Chilean_demon

with this game we will have a nice fight against WoW, but Im scared of something: we will have alot of jedi and sith....so are you thinking in a Overpower class??, or would you play another class besides Jedi/sith ?

kulgan18
kulgan18

There is something i dont like about the melee combat. It just doesnt feel right. Couldnt they make it like jedi academy?.

theindexcard
theindexcard

Yea for everyone saying that this game looks bad and blah blah graphics suck blah blah.....it is an MMO that is STILL in development... its not set to release for another year... give them time and from what ive seen already it looks damn good and it's only going to get better guys Even when this game launches its going to be somewhat of a rough copy... look how much WoW has changed in the 5 years it's been out...I just hope they do enough beta testing for this.

theindexcard
theindexcard

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zymbo
zymbo

@spag007 I think it's too early to decide that. This game has serious potential to actually give players a dynamic storyline to follow. This is a feature that most MMOs (nearly all) completely ignore. Most MMOs unleash you and simply say, "Go level up and kill stuff....I dunno why, but just do it." Games like EQ and WoW attempt to give storylines, but usually end up with your Avatar completing quests that only hint at a larger picture. It's nearly impossible to be involved in content shaping gameplay. Hopefully, SW:TOR will allow your raid content and dungeon accessibility be based upon how you developed your toon. It will be interesting to see if they will allow player interactions to actually shape the lore. We shall see.

theindexcard
theindexcard

I have such high expectations of this game.....

spag007
spag007

When I first heard of The Old Republic, it sounded really awesome, something new and refreshing. Now, it just sounds like any other MMO, like a much simpler version of Star Wars Galaxies (without all the fun stuff that didn't have to do with fighting; the trader and entertainer professions, the politics, land ownership, and much more). Even the combat system looks the same.

Jajathinx
Jajathinx

so is everyone going to be a sith or what?

cale245
cale245

Yup sort of is popki, but its a video of the sith warrior.. and we all know best part about a video.... no reading

popki
popki

Sounds pretty sweet, though I was expecting an actual preview. Isn't this just a re-telling of information already on the official kotor web site? Whatever, game looks awesome

zymbo
zymbo

Impressive...most impressive. Obi-Wan has taught you well. You have controlled your fear... now release your MMO.

GodOfSyn
GodOfSyn

if it is anything like KOTOR, this game will be amazing as an MMO!!!!

Pajamasammi
Pajamasammi

Can't wait for this game, if anything it will probably be THE star wars MMO for a while, as Star Wars Galaxies isn't the greatest game.