Pre-emptive warning - anything marked "Confirmation status" contains major spoilers. You have been warned.
A future expansion will end the SWTOR franchise with multiple endings depending on the player's actions.And only one will be canon (The Jedi Order and the Galactic Republic will win.)
Revan and the Exile will return.BioWare has decided to outright lie about this, just so they can stun us with their return.
Revan is the Sith Emperor.Revan, having arrived in the Sith Empire, confronted the thousand-year-old Sith Emperor and killed him. On the way, though, he learned more about the history of the Sith and began to sympathize with them. Deciding that the people living in the Empire deserved to get their homeland back, he took the Emperor's place in order to both reform the Imperial government from within and recapture the ancient Sith territories from the Republic. At this point, his body has mostly deteriorated (allowing Bioware to avoid canonizing his appearance); only through the power of the Force has he been able to survive this long.
Revan is the Sith Emperor's host body.Revan (possibly with the Exile's help) managed to destroy the Sith Emperor's original body, only to become the victim of Grand Theft Me. 300 years later, Revan's rotting shell is being kept alive in a Sith version of the Golden Throne, still inhabited by the Emperor's consciousness. Revan's mind still exists, but is trapped inside a body that no longer obeys his commands. At the end of the game the player will either have to Mercy Kill Revan or help him reassert himself through Heroic Willpower, after which Revan takes the Emperor with him in a Heroic Sacrifice.
Revan and the Exile are dead, but ultimately gave the republic the chance to recover.In short, they gave their lives to delay the Sith like hell. Seriously, considering how long a time frame they had to build up (a little under a millenium by the point of the original KOTOR), there doesn't seem to be a good explanation as to why the hell the Sith didn't attack earlier when the republic was still reeling from two straight wars. In which case when Revan first arrived, he utterly curbstomped the Sith just as he formerly had the Republic, due to what was basically the same scenario (hero/vanguard returns working for the other side, so noone expected it) forcing their production back. Then whilst they were tending to their wounds, the Exile shows up, and repeats the process, the combined effort ultimately delaying the whole thing by several hundreds of years.
Darth Malgus is Too Cool to LiveI'm calling it, the man managed to take the Jedi Temple BY SURPRISE. Yeah, I know, the Republic shuttle might have a helped a little but when you manage to sneak a little over 2 dozen Sith into the most heavily defended complex in Republic Space you are officially beyond cool. I'm just going to call him Darth Badass from now on. Oh, did I mention that the Jedi in the temple did not see it coming until they got a wake up call the size of a shuttle, literally. If you managed to surprise the entire Jedi Order, you clearly know what you're doing. So, Darth Badass is either going to get himself assassinated, seriously injured or mired in politics so as not to make things too overwhelmingly easy for the Sith.
One of the party members or the Player Character will be a descendant of Revan... and the ExileSatele Shan is already suspected to be a descendant of Revan and Bastila, but there may be other reasons that the canonical genders of the two KOTOR protagonists are different. Two former comrades in arms fighting a hopeless battle together... If this is the case each class would have their own backstory as to how the descendant of two powerful Jedi ended up with the Sith, as a smuggler or a bounty hunter, etc. Even the non-Force Sensitive classes could be latently gifted and unknowingly calling on the Force to be the best of the best. And isn't surprising parentage a classic Star Wars plot point?
The Sith Emperor shown here is Darth Plagueis.He's supposedly been alive for a thousand years or more. He seems to have pissed off the "true Sith" something fierce (note how the Sith spirits on Korriban don't seem to support him, via omission). His vision of the Sith matches what Palpatine ended up going for almost exactly... possibly because Palpatine learned it from him. TLDR, this is the Sith lord Palpatine told Anakin about during RotS.
The Sith Emperor is the Big BadNot just for the Republic, but the Sith as well. We learn that in Deceived (the novel) that Malgus hates the emperor which could lead to a coup that your character could help with.
Darth Malgus is the Big Bad for both sidesDarth Malgus has good reasons to attack and destroy both sides. The Republic, because itís his destiny. The Empire, because heís sick of the political games of the Emperor and the Dark Council. Also he currently conquers new territory in the Unknown Regions. Revan led a fleet into the Unknown Region and came back as an enemy who almost destroyed the Republic. Will Darth Malgus lead a fleet into the Unknown Region and come back as an enemy who almost destroys the Republic and the Sith Empire?
KOTOR 2 will be completely ignored...
The Old Republic is but one gigantic test runAnd it will be for the Mass Effect MMORPG.
The identity of the Sith Emperor is DOCTOR CLAW!This explains why he is never seen beyond shadowy imagery.
The Voss are no better than the Gormak.The Gormak are apparently Always Chaotic Evil, while the Voss are totalitarian. Once the chips are down, it'll turn out that the Voss are basically the Chiss Up to Eleven with religious undertones, and can be just as bad, even worse than the Gormak.
Companion CharactersEach character class will have about five different companion characters, each with their own abilities, personalities and histories. Keeping their loyalty to you is a major part of the game, and some may end up dying along the way, most likely by your own decisions.
The Sith Emperor is a Legacy CharacterThe Emperor hasn't really lived for thousands of years, he's just been replaced by his apprentice in typical Sith fashion over and over. The Emperor chooses an apprentice and once the apprentice has learned all he can from the Master he kills him and assumes the Mantle of Sith Emperor. The reason this works is that the Sith Emperor is only ever seen as a cloaked figure and very few people have any contact with him.
It'll be a Big Bad Ensemble between Jadus and MalgusThey're certainly setting Malgus up in a particularly prominent light, and from what we know, he's got motivation to turn against the Empire. By contrast, Jadus is a clear-cut Enigmatic Minion, so anything's fair game with him.
Every Republic Character Class will have their own Big BadFor the Republic, the Jedi Knight will have Darth Malgus, the Jedi Consular will have Darth Jadus, the Trooper will deal with Rycus Kilran and the Smuggler has Nem'ro the Hutt.
There is no Sith EmperorHis identity was just conjured up to keep the Imperial citizens in-line.
Janarus will get overthrown and replaced by one of his political rivalsGarza and Saresh are his main rivals, and I doubt they'd just have that as trivia-type info.
Novel characters will appear in the gameNotably, Eldon Ax, Moxla, Ula, and so on.
The Eternity Vault's worst criminal is...A Rakata war criminal, who may end up being a Big Bad Ensemble with the Empire.
Mandalorians shall turncoatThey'll return back to being independent, but they'll antagonize both the Empire and the Republic for a good price.
Satele being descended from Revan will not be officially confirmedIt's been stated so far that Satele is only rumoured to be related to Revan. It'll never be officially confirmed so that fans who prefer to think of Revan as a woman, or even a man who just didn't end up with Bastila can believe what they want.
The Sith Emperor is Darth AndedduHis role as The Chessmaster is in line with Andeddu's extreme paranoia (including his elimination of the ancient Sith Lords' spirits as competition for his power) and planning. He is also the only known Sith Lord prior to Darth Bane known to have learned how to transfer his essence to another body (which seems to be the Sith Emperor's method of immortality). But perhaps, most glaringly, is the fact that Darth Andeddu was the first Dark Lord to use the title "Darth" (the few who used it before him were lesser Sith Lords), which fell into common usage under the Sith Emperor's reign, having been bestowed by him upon Revan and Malak, as well as upon all of the known Sith Lords from the Great Galactic War.
Both sides will eventually erupt in a Civil War.The factions will split along Light Side / Dark Side lines, with players forced to choose between them. The Sith seem extremely split ideologically and judging from precedent can't go five minutes without turning on each other, and the Jedi and Republic haven't exactly attained a good reputation in that respect either.
The Sith Emperor is a fallen Jedi who defected to the Sith during the sacking of KorribanAt the end of the Great Hyperspace War, a Jedi who was appalled by the genocide of the Sith decided to defect and guide the Sith to a new homeworld. However, the need for absolute order to protect the Sith from the horrors of Dromund Kaas made this Jedi fall to the dark side. The Emperor's reclusiveness stems from his reluctance to reveal to his subjects that he used to be a Jedi. The spirits of the ancient Sith Lords hate him because he participated in the sacking of Korriban.
The Sith Emperor is KreiaConsider the parallels between Kreia and Flemeth. They're generally manipulative, tend to work behind the scenes, pretend to be an ally of the hero for a time, and are usually at least as significant a threat as the actual Big Bad of the story, if they aren't the Big Bad themselves. Now consider that body surfing to achieve extended lifespan is an established tactic of both Flemeth and existing Sith in Star Wars...
The Entity in the Sith Warrior storyline is Darth TrayaThe Entity's codex entry states she nearly wiped out the Jedi Order centuries prior to TOR. Additionally the Entity is an accomplished Seer, hence why Baras enslaves her to further his plans to usurp the Emperor. However she mentions her resting place was disturbed, which is odd given Darth Traya's body was supposed to have been destroyed along with Malachor V. The ripped from the beta data files codex entry can be viewed from here: http://www.swtor-spy.com/codex/the-entity-warrior/1150/
M1-4X survives for thousands of yearsAfter leaving the service of the Trooper, he is maintained as a museum fixture of some kind, eventually receives a more realistic vocabulator, and becomes the narrator for a Republic Propaganda Project during the Clone Wars.
HK-47 gets Killed Off for RealBy the party when they search for Revan.
The Sith Emperor is Emperor PalpatineThink about it for a minute. In Revan Scourge foresaw that the Emperor would be defeated by a Jedi, not Revan, far into the future (5,000 years counts). And lets have a look at the Empire from the movies, anyone who's seen the movies will start thinking that the they've seen those Imperial Uniforms before. They have, you know why? Because the Emperor recycled them 5,000 years later and he also did the same thing with the Imperial ship designs. The reason why technology hasn't seemed to progress all that much in 5,000 years is because Emperor Palpatine is sticking with what he's comfortable with. Additionally, he was able to secure Vader's loyalty as easily as he did because he used More Than Mind Control on him the same way he did with Revan.
Kyle Katarn is a descendant of Revan, or perhaps even his reincarnation.Same voice actor? Check. Memetic Badass? Check. Also, neither were killed in their boss battles (though Revan's fate is kinda ambiguous). It may be more than a coincidence...
By the conclusion of the conflict, the Empire will NOT be totally defeated.Instead, there will be a uprising or coup by non-force sensitive Imperial citizen (perhaps led by a light-sided Imperial Agent) who are sick of a system in which they will always be subjugated by the Sith. The revolution will result in a new Empire without the Sith in power (think of the Imperial Remnants after the Battle of Endor). Eventually, the Empire will peacefully join and become part of the Republic (think an older version of the Galactic Federation of Free Alliances). This will explain why by the time of the Rise of the Empire, the Imperial accent is now known as the Coruscant accent and why the Republic has adopted the symbols used by the Empire.
The Republic's victory is not a foregone conclusion.When the time comes for the game to end (and hopefully that's not anytime soon) it won't be a foregone conclusion that the Republic will emerge victorious in the war with the Empire. Instead, perhaps taking a page from Star Wars Galaxies' final hours, instead, the winner will be calculated via Pv P victories, or something like that, on each individual server. Servers where the Republic comes out on top will be considered to be part of the "canon" universe, whereas servers where the Empire emerges victorious will instead be labelled as part of the "Infinities" alternate continuities, the Elseworlds of the Star Wars universe, divergent timelines where the Sith emerged victorious. This way Imperial players aren't necessarily always on the losing side and would also make for an interesting Twist Ending. The Force Unleashed games have already toyed with these Infinities storylines, so it's outside of the realm of possibility that Old Republic might follow suit.
At the end the Empire reforms and joins the RepublicThis is a conclusion I made after I played every class Light Side. It will be just like the two Germanys, where one adopt the structure of the other and reunify. Made easier by the fact, that the current Head of State of the Empire wants to KILL EVERYONE. The resulting Enemy Mine between the eight protagonists would be a logical consequence (especially the light siders).
Quorian Dorjis will play a prominant part in the future storylines of both Sith classesHe lives regardless of whether the PC chose the light-sided or dark-sided ending for the Jailbreak quest. The choice that the PC made will effect Quorian's future dealings with them.
Jace Malcom is Theron Shan's father.Because Malcom and Satele saved each other's lives multiple times, it's not too hard to see them as a Battle Couple. Perhaps they had a one-night stand...?
At some point in the future, there will be an Imperial Civil War.The military, intelligence, and civilian parts of the Sith Empire will defect from Sith control and either become independent or merge with the Republic. If you're playing as a light-side Agent, you will even be able to support this.
Darth Jadus will be the Big Bad of a future expansion packHe's apparently second in power only to the Emperor, has grand ambitions and he can learn of the Emperor's plan to become a god. Yes, one of the outcomes of the Agent's Chapter 1 results in him being arrested, but he doesn't seem to concerned about that and we are never explicitly told that he is executed.
The Sith Emperor will never be defeatedHe'll just find a way to accomplish his goal without destroying the galaxy. After that, he simply won't care.
The Sith Empire is going to make a deal with the Republic that gives it amnesty in exchange for severing its ties to the Jedi OrderThere was a Senator on Coruscant who was hammering out this very deal. Regardless of how the player handles that mission, he'll pull it off, forcing the Jedi Order into an Enemy Mine situation with the Seperatists (an ironic reversal of the events in the Clone Wars).
Darth Sidious is the Last Son of The EmperorThere are points(specifically when he said: "So be it Jedi" and "I am the Senate") when Sidious's voice starts sounding exacly like The Emperor's voice when he said:"Let your death be the same" and the Dark Side apparently spoke to him right after Darth Plagueis's death saying it would use him as it would use him. All this implies that The Emperor became one of 2 wills controlling the Dark Side after The Old Republic and had concieved a son to Consinga Palpatine's wife while making sure that his genes were similar enough to assure Consinga Palpatine that Sidious was his son. All of The Emperor's children can be possessed so when Sidious decided to kill look Luke Skywalker it was after Vitate acknowledged Luke's being a Jedi using Sidious's body(voice switched back to Sidious's voice after calling Luke a Jedi). The Palpatine in Dark Empire was completely dominated by The Emperor(explaining why he said:"I am the Dark Side!").
Consular companion Tharan Cedrax is a member of the Star Cabal, albeit one with divided loyaltiesThis one showed up on the official forums and makes a frightening amount of sense. The Cabal started with noble goals; a galaxy where the two Force-using factions were destroyed or at least rendered incapable of continuing their unceasing, civilization-wrecking religious war. Ordinary people would be free to rule, not dragged into crusades or left begging at temples. Galactic civilization would operate on money, information, technology, and reason. All of this would appeal greatly to Tharan's sensibilities, as he has a vehement dislike for mysticism and highly prizes logic, information, and luxury. The Cabal recruits some of the best and brightest non-Force Sensitives across the galaxy, and Cedrax's scientific talent does match up to his boasts, which would make him a valuable operative. It would explain a lot as to why a shopkeper and inventor like himself would take such an interest in Duras Fain's cult. It would also explain why he volunteers himself abaord the Consular's boat, even though he has no real stake in the Republic-Empire conflict (as a citizen of neutral, Hutt space) and barely knows the Consular at that point. He's there like the Selkath Rift Alliance member to spy on the Consular, but in a better position to potentially dig up something to discredit the Order or report on Jedi limitations (by patching you up constantly, he probably has some very detailed scans). The problem? As much as he likes the idea of the Jedi and Sith eliminated in theory, he's really fond of Master Syo Bakarn, and can become just as fond of your Consular. He wouldn't want to see his friends hurt, even if he thinks the Jedi Order can go stuff itself on general principle. Furthermore, his exposure to Sith has probably shown him that while the Jedi are often just as often live down to his low opinion of them, the Sith manage to go even lower and worse, they're irrational. If the Cabal called on him to betray the Consular, it's highly unlikely he could actually do it.
The Sith Emperor actually is killed by the Jedi Knight.We have at least two people, one of which is the Emperor himself who have had Force visions to the effect that the Knight will kill him and his last words are essentially "I'd rather die than let you redeem me" rather than "Fool, I cannont be killed." He's weakened by his investment in the failed rituals on Belsavis, Voss and Corellia and cornered in the heart of his power so his usual boddy swapping may not be an option. Indeed he may not have another body availible given that the Sith Warrior killed the last one quite recently. And yes we have the Emperor's Hand telling the Sith Warrior that it wasn't really the Emperor but I can see two reasons why that doesn't quite ring true. First, the last time the Emperor's Voice was killed, on Voss, he was back up and about in no time. No suddenly his body swap weakens him to the point that he has to vanish? Second, the death of the Emperor is going to be a huge morale blow to the Empire. The Republic and the Jedi are going to make sure the whole galaxy knows they killed him and plenty in the Empire will believe it, espically if the Emperor makes no effort to counter the claim. All it would take is one speech by the Emperor but he can't do that? Given how devoted the Hand is it would hardly be out of character for them to just assume he's not dead.
There will be two new Dark Council members soon......Who will complete the set of Nox, Occulus, and Imperius, allowing any of them to appear in future canon works set in the timeframe. They will all have variants of the Player Inquisitor's personality, but their pasts will never be referenced clearly, leaving it ambiguous which one the PC became.
The Sith Empire isn't on the verge of Defeat yetYes, the tide is turning and they are backstabbing each other and yes they have lost the Emperor but they couldn't care less because the Emperor wanted to kill everyone. Let's see Hoth is a huge loss for the Republic. Taris is a gigantic symbolic defeat for the Republic. Malgus decimates the Republic fleet, taking many ships with him. Corellia is annexed by the Republic, but it's primary resource is destroyed. Belsavis is anything but under Republic control anymore, and they're most likely going to lose the planet to the massive prisoner army being enlisted by the Empire. And the Empire is arguably the winner in Makeb having conquered the planet and taken the Isotope-5. The Sith Empire will collapse in the end, but it will be beyond the scope of the MMO. Most likely first three acts is akin to ANH where first 2 acts have the Empire winning but the Republic manages to turn the tide at the end, and then acts 4,5,6 will be an allusion to ESB and we can see the Empire winning once more, possibily with the return of the Emperor. And acts 7,8,9 will be the end with the final Death of the Emperor and the implication that the empire will fracture not long after. Furthermore with Darth Marr in charge the Empire might reform and at least last longer and turn the tide.
Palpatine is Vitiate reincarnated.They share a lot of qualities: both are total psychopaths since birth, murdered their family and one of the most powerful, important and feared Sith Lords of all time. They desired total immortality, and while Palpatine going beyond the mortal coil didn't make him an Omnicidal Maniac, he was certainly on a similar level of crazy to him post-mortum. Given Palpy had the soul of the Sith Emperor, it isn't surprising that Darth Tenebrous was terrified when sensing his spirit. It is known that the Sith Emperor underwent a "final death" sometime before Darth Plagieus. Perhaps he retained immortality, but wasn't able to preserve his identity, resulting in being reincarnated as the son of a Naboo senator
Jonas Balkar managed to convince the Bounty Hunter and/or Imperial Agent that he was part of Imperial Intelligence.There isn't actually any evidence of this, but it seems pretty plausible. One of the sidequests on Hutta involves being sent to destroy a tank of eels that a would-be spice buyer is trying to present to Nem'ro (you're sent by a rival spice dealer). When you try to destroy the tank, a man appears via holo and asks you not to, claiming that he works for the Empire and needs the spice to process into medicine for Imperial soldiers. The man looks pretty similar to Jonas Balkar (from the Trooper storyline) who, incidentally, was stationed on Nar Shadaa (e.g. the moon you can see in Hutta's sky) at the time. You have only his word that he's Imperial, and there's no reason spice-derived medicine wouldn't work just as well for Republic soldiers.
The Star Cabal arranged for the Mandalorian WarsPart of the Star Cabal's remit during the ~1000 years between the Great Hyperspace War and TOR was apparently arranging matters such that the Republic wouldn't find the hidden Sith Empire. So, to keep the Republic from expanding out into the Rim, they convinced the Mandalorians to launch a crusade that would presumably knock the Republic down a few pegs while also hopefully alienating them from the (then quite unhelpful) Jedi Order. They just didn't count on Revan (and to be fair, who did?) being his usual thorough self and not only vanquishing the Mandalorians but also exploring where they came from.
G0-T0 was part of the Star Cabal, or sponsored by themBlatant Arc Welding on my part, but it just might be plausible, mostly because of his stated goal to strengthen the Republic by reducing/eliminating the power of the Jedi Order and the Sith Triumvirate. He also had kind of a fishy backstory: sure, an AI could hypothetically be driven rampant by conflicting demands the way G0-T0 claimed to be, and it's juuust plausible that it could somehow beg, borrow, or steal its way into the underworld, and from there to the top. But it's a lot easier to swallow if you insert a wealthy conspiracy that would love to have a loyal, hyper-intelligent, yet expendable lieutenant to handle their underworld dealings.
Bioware knew what they were doing when they handled Revan's Character DerailmentBioware implied several times that they thought of Revan as a woman. When LucasArts came along and changed that, Bioware wasn't happy and decided to get back at them by turning the former Badass into an insane psycho—their way of saying "You want male Revan? You can have him, along with a million brands of crazy".
Satele Shan was made Grandmaster of the order out of desperationShe was basically the last really good Jedi left standing after the War. Between that, the Battle Meditation and being descended from Revan himself, she was the only one left that was really worthy to lead them.