Star Wars: The Old Republic to Launch December 20th!
Contributed by jonp200
A long time ago, right here in this galaxy in the decade that taste seemingly forgot something amazing happened; a cultural phenomenon, an event; (Dare I say a force?) That snapped all of us out of our disco fever; something we call Star Wars.
It would change everything. I recall standing outside of the movie theater with my best friend Joe. It was the summer of 1977 and I was 13 years old. As the line slowly moved ahead, Joe and I discussed what we would see? “I wonder if it will be like Flash Gordon?” he said. “I’m thinking Space 1999 with a guy in a black helmet.” I said. We didn’t know then that we were soon to experience our first brush with something that would become an integral part of our society and many other societies around the world. It would be like nothing we had experienced before.
Who doesn’t remember the first time Darth Vader appears searching for those Death Star Plans; the blaster fire of the Storm Troopers; Princess Leia’s desperate attempt to get the plans to Obi Wan, as it may well have meant the future survival of the Rebel Alliance. She was beautiful, the troopers were terrible to behold and Darth Vader seemed evil personified! Right away we were concerned! What would happen to the princess? Who was this Obi Wan guy? When would I find out more? I took a deep breath and held it until the R2D2 and C3PO managed to escape in the POD to begin their adventures on Tatooine.
Good, evil, sacrifice, passion, and a sense of honor and duty; Star Wars had it all and I was hooked; forever. Action, adventure, romance, technology, and mysticism; all were introduced in this “Episode IV.” This mystical power; the force.; what did it mean? When would I learn more about it?
With the feeling of joy and relief following the destruction of the Death Star came the questions; Darth Vader got away! Would he survive? What would happen next? How would Han deal with the price on his head? What was next for Luke and Leia?
I remember having a sense of greatness as I watched the film and that sensation remained the next 4 times Joe and I went back to the theatre to see Star Wars again. We were in awe. This film was going to be a classic and a part of our culture. We would be talking about Star Wars a long time.
I almost had that feeling again a few times over the years. I recall getting close to that sense of significance when I was watching the first Indiana Jones movie. This too was going to be a classic but more a great film than a life-changing event.
I’ve been looking for that sensation and stir of emotion again for the last 34 years and have had to assuage my desire to live in the Star Wars universe with frequent references to the films and registering my official religion as “Jedi” during the last census. I’m here to tell you; I feel it again and you can too! Soon Bioware will launch what may well be the most anticipated MMO in history: Star Wars: The Old Republic!
On December 20th, we will all be able to experience the Old Republic with our guild mates and friends and not only will we be able to witness another story unfold but we will be a part of it!
Here at TOG within the Old Republic Division, we have been hard at work setting the stage for what we believe will be a part of our lives for many years to come.
Guilds are forming, people are chatting, and we are all having a great time collectively waiting for the game to launch. The community is vibrant, active, and wild about all things Star Wars and we just learned our pre-launch guilds will be ready for deployment when the game launches!
We would love for you to join us. Right now you can sign up for a guild and get set up for an automatic guild invite in-game on launch day or join in the discussion, view a trailer or one of the gag videos members have posted. You can check us out here: TOG Star Wars: The Old Republic Division.
We look forward to seeing you soon and “May the force be with you!”