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15 minutes of gameplay footage in HD!

Published by under Breaking News,gameplay,PAX East,video on Mar. 11. 2011.

Ask A Jedi just released a 15 minute video of gameplay from PAX East. The video shows flashpoint Taral V. The footage is extremely high quality and shows Jedi Knight gameplay. In my opinion this is the best in-game footage we have seen so far. The game looks EPIC. Please visit Ask a Jedi website for more coverage from PAX and interviews with the developers. We’ll start our dissection of the video in a minute.

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Fate of Galaxy In-game Footage Trailer Released

Published by under Breaking News,gameplay,video on Mar. 11. 2011.

To start their Penny Arcade Expo presence with a bang Bioware released a new trailer for Star Wars The Old republic that consists of mostly in-game footage. We have Jawas, Rancors, PvP action, force powers and all that Star Wars goodness we’re all dying for. You can find the official news posting about the trailer here and here’s an excerpt:

Tension between the Republic and the Empire is running high. The uneasy truce established by the Treaty of Coruscant is quickly tearing apart at the seams, and a return to all-out war has begun in all but official terms. A new generation of heroes, both light and dark, emerges to face the difficulties of these chaotic times, and fight for the fate of the galaxy in this most desperate age.

We will continue our PAX East Day One minute by minute coverage so make sure you check it out here.

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SWTOR PAX East 2011 Minute by Minute Coverage Day 1

Published by under Breaking News,Events,PAX East on Mar. 11. 2011.

Last update for today – image gallery of Trooper UI – images from Engrey

Gameplay video

Images of gameplay (thank to Flipps from official forums):

Smuggler talent tree

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Smuggler character screen

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Smuggler in action

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Most important news (updated constantly):

  • “Fate Of The Galaxy” game trailer is available on the official site
  • This Friday’s update is the new trailer and that mystery is now solved
  • New PvP trailer with in-game footage debuted at the booth (it is not confirmed 100% it is a PvP trailer)
  • Trailer recaps the high level story — Peace in the Republic, Empire Returned, War, all set to clips of in-game footage. (source: Darth Hater tweet)
  • Shin saber form used by guardian – saber forms confirmed (source: Guild Umbra Tweet)

Images directly from the show floor:

New SWTOR PvP Trailer being played for the first time at PAX East

First showing of new trailer

Taral V Briefing by Bioware Staff

Lovely Deborah Shin giving Taral V Briefing

Ticket to Community Meet and Greet (all handed out already)

Latest News:

  • The waiting in line to get hands on with The Old Republic is 6+ hours long (queue early tomorrow)
  • Tarsal V flashpoint was epic, gotta go work now. Video to come (source: Guild Umbra Tweet)
  • People in line for Taral V get iPads with information on each class and their abilities.
  • New trailer with beautiful in game footage with HK47 cameo. (source Corellian Run Radio tweet)
  • Shin saber form used by guardian – saber forms confirmed (source: Guild Umbra Tweet)
  • The new trailer will be available at at 11AM is available now at
  • UI has been upgraded (source: Guild Umbra Tweet)
  • It is a PvP trailer
  • New trailer is going live now (10:20AM)!
  • Premade group has a level 32 Scoundrel (source: Guild Umbra Tweet)

First images from the booth and the queue line:

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Huge Crowd Watching the Hope Trailer

Image by Mos Eisley Radio

With only an hour left before #SWTORPAX kicks off SWTOR Life is following the happenings at the convention Minute by Minute as news pour in. We will scour the internet and all the affiliated fansites in search for all that Old Republic goodness. Feel free to bookmark this post because we will be updating it live with new information. In preparation you can check out our other Penny Arcade Expo East articles:

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Queues at PAX East Already Forming

Published by under Events,PAX East on Mar. 11. 2011.

Penny Arcade Expo in Boston is about to open its doors to the gaming enthusiasts in about 30-60 minutes and excitement is mounting. The Old Republic fans are anxiously waiting for the Friday Update that will kick start PAX. I was thinking of starting a poll on what people think the big PAX Friday Update will be with options like “Next phase of beta” and “release date”, but I figure with only several hours away we’ll find out soon enough. In the meantime enjoy this image sent to Twitter by Guild Umbra of a line forming at PAX gates.

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Early images from the Old Republic booth at PAX

Published by under PAX East on Mar. 11. 2011.

Bioware staff is still setting up the booth at PAX East and it looks like it’s going to be a long night for them. They were kind enough to share an early image of what part of the booth will look like. The image was so awesome that I had to share it with you all. Kind of reminds me of the monolith from “2001: A Space Odyssey”.

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Pax East Disturbes the Force

Published by under Events,news,PAX East on Mar. 10. 2011.

Image from Mos Eisley Radio

Penny Arcade Expo in Boston is only several hours away and excitement among The Old Republic fans is mounting. Things are not being made any less difficult by officials at Bioware and they keep adding fuel to fire. We first had an awesome update last Friday with plethora of information on the Bounty Hunter and the Deceived novel. We got surprised on Wednesday by the Guild HQ application on the official site (10.000 guilds have registered in these two days). The latest news is that Firday update, that Bioware has been doing for SWTOR every Friday for almost 2 years now, will be done live from the show floor. Official SWTOR Twitter account invited fans to:

… join us at 10:15am EST at Booth 912 and help us kick off #SWTORPAX

The wording of this announcement is very suggestive and the fact they chose #SWTORPAX to be their hash tag feels as if their news is going to be so big that PAX East this year will be remembered by SWTOR news. It might just be the starving fan in me seeing things though.

The other fact is that fans and members of fansites have already started arriving in Boston and there are some images already being available. You can see what the press badge looks like bellow (image from Vall of Tor Syndicate) and the image at the top of this article is actually a look at SWTOR booth that will host the big announcement tomorrow.

Keep your eyes pealed to SWTOR Life all throughout tomorrow and while the event lasts because we will be scouring for news and footage non-stop to bring you as much coverage as we can. Temporarily we added Twitter feeds in our sidebar to keep you updated with the latest news from fansite attendees as well as discussions tagged by the official SWTOR PAX East hashtag #SWTORPAX.

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Bioware developers panel appearances for PAX East 2011

Published by under Breaking News on Mar. 10. 2011.

Just like the awesome community manager he is Stephen Reid has no sooner had his feet hit the dirt in Boston and he is already filling us in on what to expect from them at PAX.

In the dev tracker we get the following response on what panels the Bioware developers wil be speaking at during the conference.

Here is the list,  read on and if you are lucky enough to attend, have fun trying to make them all and still play the game!   I wish all the developers and the fans good luck and hope to see some great coverage coming our way soon!

(lucky bastards) 🙂

Stephen Reid:

Hello from Boston!

With PAX East 2011 just a day away – well, give or take about eight hours, given my late post – I’m very pleased to tell you about a few guest appearances BioWare staff members will be making on various panels over the weekend.

Please note, these are not official panels for Star Wars: The Old Republic. They are panels on various subjects that we were asked to provide speakers for. If you attend any of these panels, there is no guarantee that The Old Republic will even be spoken of… well alright, it’s pretty likely.

However, like I said, they’re not official panels for TOR and we’re not aiming to make huge announcements at any of them! In that vein, we will also not be providing ‘official’ coverage of them. However, I expect a few fansites might pop along. (And to them, I apologize for the late notification!)

They’ll all be very interesting panels to attend, and now we have all the details confirmed we wanted to give PAX attendees a chance to organize their schedules around them. So, without further ado, here are the details, in chronological order, as lifted from the official PAX East schedule:

PANEL: Video Game Comics: Lifting the Curse

LOCATION: Wyvern Theatre
TIME: Friday, 10:30am – 11:30am

DESCRIPTION: Comic books based on video games have not traditionally been very well received. While some have sold well, most are at the bottom of the barrel when it comes to critics and direct market sales. How can the tide turn? What needs to be in a video game comic to make it worth reading? And could Video Game comics wind up being the savior of the comic book industry? Join representatives from across the comic book industry and moderator Lucas Siegel, Site Editor of as they figure out how to remove the curse of the terrible video game comic.

Panelists include: Lucas Siegel [Site Editor, Newsarama] and Rob Chestney, [Creative Services Manager, BioWare Austin, and author of Star Wars: The Old Republic – Threat of Peace (Dark Horse Comics)]

PANEL: Interactive Drama: Dialogue as Gameplay

LOCATION: Cat Theatre
TIME: Friday, 2:00pm – 3:00pm

DESCRIPTION: Do narrative games provide dialogue choices that enhance gameplay? Is it important to develop relationships through interactive choices between player and non-player characters? How are interactive conversation choices designed and how important is the user interface? What does it mean to experience Interactive Drama in a gameplay mechanic of dialogue choices?

Panelists include: Jonathon Myers [Co-Founder, Writer, Reactive Games], Stephen Dinehart [Chief Wizard, NarrWare], Dan Tanguay [Design Specialist, Vicarious Visions], Emily Short [Interactive Fiction Author, Independent], Jeff Orkin [PhD Candidate, AI Researcher, MIT Media Lab], Martin VanVelsen [Senior Research Engineer, Carnegie Mellon University], Daniel Erickson [Writing Director, BioWare Austin]

PANEL: The Future of Online Gaming

LOCATION: Naga Theatre
TIME: Saturday, 5:00pm – 6:00pm

A panel of MMORPG experts gather to chat with fans on where the online game market is going. With games moving into the mobile space, free to play pricing models and five major launches in 2011 the online market is in for a major year. The panel will have speakers from some of the top upcoming games in the online space plus legends in the industry. Fan will be able to ask questions and get answers from top development studios about upcoming games as we hope to explore where online games will be going for the next decade.

Panelists include: Curt Schilling [38 Studios], Scott Hartsman [Trion], Colin Johanson [ArenaNet], Craig Alexander [Turbine], Garret Fuller [] and James Ohlen [BioWare Austin]


If you make it to PAX, check out these panels, folks!

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