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->''"[[ArcWords You were deceived.]]"''

'''''Star Wars: The Old Republic''''' is a ''Franchise/StarWars'' MMORPG developed by Creator/{{BioWare}} set three centuries after their ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' {{RPG}}s and approximately 3600 years before the feature films. Following the events of ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicII'', the Sith Empire have returned to the galaxy to attack the Republic and its Jedi protectors. A tenuous truce was established after decades of war but the peace is fragile, and it is only a matter of time before the two factions break out into warfare.

The game's most unique aspect is its presentation; unlike many [=MMOs=], the game is very focused on story, featuring fully voice-acted cutscenes for almost every quest, as well as lots of player decisions, similar to the VideoGame/MassEffect series. It was released on December 20, 2011 (Dec. 22 for some of Europe). On November 15, 2012, a free-to-play model was released, while still offering incentives to purchase a subscription.

A series of three books serve as a prelude. ''Fatal Alliance'' (dealing with tensions in the truce), ''Deceived'' (Malgus's story), and ''Literature/{{Revan}}'' (detailing just what happened to Revan and the Exile after the events of ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic''). Another novel, ''Annihilation'', takes place circa the time of the game and focusses upon Satele Shan's son.

The game has received three full expansions, which extend the story beyond the initial class quests. ''Rise of the Hutt Cartel'' deals with the eponymous Hutt Cartel's incursion on the planet Makeb and raises the level cap to 55. ''Shadow of Revan'', deals with Darth Revan's return, and introduces the planets Rishi and Yavin 4, raising the level cap to 60. ''Knights of the Fallen Empire'', features a new plot set after the war, focuses on solo content, revamps the companion system by allowing companions to take any role necessary, raises the level cap from 60 to 65, and is available free to all subscribers. Set five years after the current timeline, the players are released from carbonite freezing to find both the Republic and Empire conquered by the Eternal Empire, which, as the Outlander, they must stop. The storyline was given an initial release of nine chapters. Additional chapters were released about once a month starting in February 2016, completing in August 2016. A fourth expansion, ''Knights of the Eternal Throne'', has been announced for a Fall 2016 release. It will continue the Fallen Empire storyline and raise the level cap to 70.

The official website can be found [[http://www.swtor.com/ here]].

!!This game provides examples of:
* StarWarsTheOldRepublic/TropesAToG
* StarWarsTheOldRepublic/TropesHToP
* StarWarsTheOldRepublic/TropesQToZ