What is Star Wars™: The Old Republic™?

What is Star Wars™: The Old Republic™?

Star Wars: The Old Republic is a story-driven online game set in the Star Wars™ galaxy, during an age where the galaxy is on the brink of war. In the game, you create your own hero based on the classic Star Wars roles, including Jedi Knights, Sith Lords, Bounty Hunters, Smugglers, and more. Embark on an epic personal saga, facing great challenges and making decisions that determine your path down the light or dark side of the Force. Whether you play with your friends or people you meet for the first time in- game, you choose how your destiny unfolds.

We want you to enjoy the experience from the very start whether you’re new to Massively Multiplayer Online games, or a seasoned veteran. This New Player Guide will explain everything you need to know before you begin your journey.

Massively Multiplayer

You’ll often hear Star Wars™: The Old Republic™ referred to as a ‘Massively Multiplayer Online’ game, or ‘MMO’ for short. This means that, in order to play the game, you have to be connected to the internet at all times. Think of your PC as a window into The Old Republic galaxy. The galaxy itself exists inside a vast network of computers, and your PC opens the gate for you to get in.

The ‘Massively -Multiplayer’ part simply means you’ll be playing in the same game space with thousands of other players. In fact, you’ll see other players soon after you first login. You can join up with others anytime, but if you prefer, you can play through your own personal storyline and many other parts of the game entirely on your own. However, most of the advanced content is geared to challenge groups, so join up with your friends and give it a try.

Role-Playing

To create your hero in Star Wars: The Old Republic, you will start with one of the eight iconic class archetypes. Each of these character classes features its own fully-realized interactive story and a style of play that is unique to that class.

When you’re playing alone, the role you select will determine the entire experience. If you choose to play as a Jedi Knight, you’ll be playing through a Jedi Knight storyline, you will fight your enemies with a Lightsaber and by using the Force.

When you join up with other players, your choice of class will also define the role you play in the group dynamic. To overcome some of the group challenges in The Old Republic, your team will need to coordinate tactics, and each class has its own strengths and weaknesses to consider.

To be most effective, a group should include as many different classes as possible. This means that if you’re planning to play with friends, you should coordinate to choose different classes. This will help you and your friends work together better, and it’s more fun because you get to see how each of the different classes plays both in and out of combat.

The Setting...

In Star Wars™: The Old Republic™, you will be able to explore the rich and diverse Star Wars™ universe three hundred years after the events of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic™.

In this age, the galaxy is divided between the legendary Galactic Republic and the dark Sith Empire. Turmoil is everywhere; civil uprisings, gang wars and military coups have created conflict and confusion on countless worlds, and the fragile peace between the Republic and the Empire threatens to unravel into a galaxy-spanning war...

Allegiances

Everyone must decide where their true allegiance lies...

The Galactic Republic, with the aid of the Jedi Order, has stood as a bastion of peace and tranquility for more than twenty thousand years. Although the Republic has been weakened by the long and costly war with the Sith Empire, its resolve remains strong. With the scars from the last war finally starting to heal, a new generation prepares to take up the mantle to defend the Republic.

The Sith Empire, returning from exile after a thousand years, has reclaimed the ancient Sith homeworld of Korriban and conquered hundreds of star systems across the galaxy. The Empire now stands stronger than ever, prepared for the truce with the Republic to dissolve, so that true vengeance can finally be achieved and the entire galaxy can be subjected to Imperial dominion.

Choose your side in this epic conflict, and fight for the fate of the galaxy.

Your Saga Begins...

Thousands of hours of engrossing story-driven content await you. While we have hit on the highlights of Star Wars: The Old Republic, we have only just scratched the surface. Continue on to learn the basics of creating your character and taking your first steps into a galaxy far, far away...