Monthly Archives: June 2009

SWOTR played by some lucky E3 attendees

News from E3 keep pouring in. People from had a chance to actually sit down and play the game (lucky bast****). Here are some initial impressions:

I played through a section instance called The Taking of the Black Talon. I controlled a level 10 Sith. …. During interactions with non-player characters your choices not only drive the voice-acted cut scenes, they also drive the story and your experience. In the section I played I first decided to kill a disobedient spaceship captain and the second time decided to let him live. In the resulting first scenario, a new captain takes over and her inexperience leads her to ignore pods ejecting from a ship we’re attacking. Those pods later attach to our ship and I was forced to go repel the invading soldiers. In the second scenario, the captain, happy to be alive, blasts the pods as they approach the ship, allowing me to concentrate on my main task: Taking out a Jedi. …. This is the sort of massively multiplayer experience that I think could bring back a lot of people long lost to the genre. Of course I only saw a small snippet and we have no way of knowing just how far out this game is, so keep an eye out for further developments.

You can read the entire article here.

In other news, the voiceovers for the game seem to be so massive in scale that everything else fails in comparison. Here’s what Bioware people had to say to the reporters at the E3 expo:

When I asked Erickson how many hours of audio they had already recorded he said he didn’t know. But, he added, when the audio team was about a third of the way through the voice work they told him that they had just passed all of the audio found in the full six seasons, 86 episodes of The Sorpranos.

SW:TOR The first ever, fully-voiced MMO


The E3 expo is being held in sunny LA and Bioware is there in full force (no pun intended) promoting 3 of their titles. Apparently a bunch of Jedis came on the stage to announce the Cinematic trailer for Star Wars: The Old Republic and among the Jedi clad gentlemen were Ray Muzyka, Bioware’s CEO and one of the Lucasarts designers. Ray Announced that: “SW:TOR is the first ever, fully-voiced massively multiplayer game” and that the game will feature hundreds of thousands of lines of dialogue and thousands of speaking characters. You can see the timeline of the event on Joystiq

New Bear and Cat forms

Few days ago we wrote about New Druid Bear Forms for Tauren and today we will take a look at new Night Elf bear form and Tauren Cat form.

Here’s a peek at the current look of bear form along with the five new textures. As a reminder, night elves will be able to change which look they use by switching hair color in the barber shop.

Tauren will be able to change which look they use by switching skin tones in the barber shop –a new feature for tauren in the next major content patch. A preview of the new night elf druid cat form art coming later this week.