Monday, June 15, 2015

Knights of the Fallen Empire, or Don't Mess With THIS Emperor

Well, SWTOR's moment in the E3 presentation has come and gone, and while the trailer isn't out on YouTube (yet, wait for it on this space), but there's a few things we do know now courtesy of the Knights of the Fallen Empire website:

  • The expac starts at L60, and includes Nine Chapters starting at that point. These are all new chapters, not continuations of the old ones. Now, I'm not sure if that means that the old game disappears or whether the old game remains*, but this expac seems to be much much larger than what we've become accustomed to with SWTOR.
  • The new faction, the Empire of Zakuul, has an Immortal Emperor (Valkorion -- which is uncomfortably close enough to Vitiate's name to make me wonder), and is the dominant faction in the game. 
  • The Sith and Jedi have retreated to their homeworlds, so this is essentially a reset of what things were like at the beginning of SWTOR with the Jedi having retreated to Tython.
  • How this meshes with the new LucasFilm canon is unknown, but I assume that LucasFilm does have some approval process in place.
Am I intrigued? Hell yes.

I am what we Cincinnati Bengals fans call "cautiously optimistic".** It looks big --very very big-- and I don't think that anybody who plays the game expected this expac to be as big as it is. Between what happened on Ziost and this....

Well, it looks like Bioware might just have some mojo back.

And no, I don't mean the teaser reveal of Mass Effect Andromeda.

EtA:  And here's the trailer:

EtA: A much better trailer:

*Unlike Cataclysm's rewrite of Old Azeroth. I honestly hope that's the case, because I really do enjoy the original class stories.

**One of our two favorite phrases, right up there with "wait 'till next year".

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