The Old Republic is gearing up for its December 20th launch. Bioware has announced its final weekend beta test set for November 25th starting at 10 P.M. CST and is scheduled to end November 28th at 11:59 P.M. If you haven’t signed up for beta yet, then you can do this on the website here. This test is to stress test the servers to insure stability at launch. Also it will give testers a chance to experience the gameplay and classes before launch. This will help players to determine what class they want to play.
There are 4 playable classes per faction. As well as 2 advanced classes per class. For the Sith Empire you can chose between Sith Warrior, Sith Inquisitor, Bounty Hunter, or Imperial Agent and The Republic will have Jedi Knights, Jedi Consular, Smuggler, and Trooper. At character level 10 you get to choose between 2 advanced classes with each one having its own set of skills and abilities. It will all depend on your play style and what you want your role to be within the galaxy.
Sith Warriors use lightsabers to destroy their enemies. They will be the tanks of the Empire. They will be able to take a punishing and channel anger and hatred to become brutal combatants. At character level 10 you will have the opportunity to choose between becoming a Sith Juggernaut or a Sith Marauder. The Juggernaut will embody the teachings or Marka Ragnos while the Marauder will follow the teachings of Naga Sadow. Either of these two advanced classes will be a force to be reckoned with.
The Sith Inquisitor will draw heavily on the force to unleash devastating force lightning and other deadly attacks. At level 10 the Sith Inquisitor will make a choice that will shape their future within the Empire. You will choose between becoming an Assassin or a Sorcerer. The Sorcerer will draw on the forbidden depths of the force to drain energy from its enemies while revitalizing its group and the Assassin will channel force lighting through their double bladed lightsabers. No matter which path you choose to go down with your Inquisitor, you are sure to be a great advantage to any group set out to bring down the Republic scum.
Bounty Hunters are a scourge to anybody with a price on his or her head. They employ gadgets and high tech weaponry to bring down their foes in record time. Level 10 will have you making an important decision as to which branch of the class tree you will want to follow. As a Powertech you will focus on your defensive capabilities. You’ll rely on your shields and defensive tactics to protect you from harm and will use armaments such as flamethrowers and blasters to strike fear into your enemies. As a Mercenary you will wield high tech blasters and heat seeking missiles to collect bounties that have been placed on your preys head.
As an Imperial Agent you will be rely on stealth and cunning to make sure the enemies of the Empire will not be a threat to anyone. At level 10 you will choose between an Operative and a Sniper. Operatives use stealth and medical techniques to aid their group in battle and will do whatever it takes to get the job done. While snipers use their advanced training to eliminate sensitive targets and are capable of turning the tide in any battle.
Jedi Knights use lightsabers in defense of the all that is good and pure. Level 10 the Jedi path will divide into one of two possible paths, the Guardian and the Sentinel. The Guardian is a force for good and will stand between evil and the light. The Sentinel wields duel lightsabers to deal a wall of damage that will leave evil trembling with fear.
The Jedi Consular channel the force using strength and wisdom. Level 10 you will choose between the Sage and the Shadow. The Sage is known for their great wisdom which they will use to for powerful healing and defensive skills. The Shadow wields a double-bladed lightsabers and embrace a synergy between melee battle and force abilities.
The Smuggler are arrogant, slick, and persuasive in their adventures across the galaxy. Level 10 will reveal that you can become a Gunslinger which is a master of the trick shot and takes advantage of every opportunity or Scoundrel, who on top of his trusty blaster uses a stealth belt, med-kits, and scatterguns.
The Republic Trooper is the backbone of the Republics ground forces and are highly trained to protect the innocent people. Vanguards are ruthless, fearless, and are the first and best line of defense. Commandos are trained in advanced tactics and uses assault cannons to push the enemies back to the hole they crawled out of.
Companions will be very useful as you make your way through the galaxy. They will be there by your side in combat, while you can send others on errands to sell unwanted items. Also you can train your companions to gathers materials for crafting and have them crafting even while you are offline. All adventures and conquerors will have the opportunity to pick up their companions through quests and will have the ability to customize their appearance so that they stand out from other peoples companions.
From the time you hit the ground, you feel like you are a part of something important. That what you do in the world will make a difference. The game is a mix of Biowares cinematic style story with a conversation wheel to choose responses to conversations, and will allow you to play to your characters style of play. The combat will feature a World of Warcraft style hotbar system and the space combat is more of a rail shooter than anything, but it will leave room for improvement in future patches and will give the players something to look forward to. The game is completely voiced and each quest will gain you light side or dark side points will be useful determining what type of armor you will be able to aquire later in the game.
The Old republic is gearing up to be a big hit for bioware. While it might not change the MMO genre as you know it, at least not yet, it will still be a big hit for Bioware and will bring the Star Wars fans closer to getting to know the galaxy as it was after the time of Revan and before Darth Bane rebooted the Sith order with the Rule of Two. For more information you can check the site.