Video Game / Star Wars: The Old Republic
aka: The Old Republic

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Star Wars: The Old Republic is a Star Wars MMORPG developed by BioWare set three centuries after their Knights of the Old Republic RPGs and approximately 3600 years before the feature films. Centuries after the events of Knights of the Old Republic II, 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 Mass Effect 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 Revan (detailing just what happened to Revan and the Exile after the events of Knights of the Old Republic). Another novel, Annihilation, takes place circa the time of the game and focusses upon Satele Shan's son.

The game has received four 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, was released in December, 2016. It continued the Fallen Empire storyline and raised the level cap to 70.

The official website can be found here.

It was debated whether, since the game is in active development, it would be considered part of the new Star Wars Expanded Universe canon after Disney bought Star Wars. So far, the consensus is "no", and it remains officially part of the Star Wars Legends canon. Since the game has built up its own mythology and is basically independent of the "modern" Star Wars era anyway, it's fairly unnoticeable either way.


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Alternative Title(s): The Old Republic

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