If there was one option I would have pleaded with Bioware to include in The Old Republic, it would have been space flight. Luckily, a couple of weeks ago now, they obliged. Fanboys and girls “Squee’d” loudly. For me, it was hopes beyond my wildest dreams that we would be seeing fighting similar to that of “X-Wing vs. Tie Figher,” or even Star Wars Galaxies: Jump to Light Speed expansion. I even have my joystick ready to go. Speculation from all of the blog sites was about the same as what I was thinking. The game that was shaping up to be Epic in its own right, was now even more grand. That was until a few days later.
News started trickling out of the blog-o-sphere about a translation that was done on an upcoming PC gaming article about the space flight in TOR. With this news came a bit of sour news: TOR’s space fighting would be a rail shooter similar to the game Star Fox. This was not what most of us wanted to hear. I know that I did not want space to be this way. Space and space battles are such a huge part of Star Wars that it almost seems like a stab in the back to include it as a mini-game. Then, though, Bioware had to throw in a curveball. They released a video depicting what the space combat would look like:
And of course, they had to make it epic! While I, and many others, are still very upset about the lack of open-ended space battles and exploration, this video puts the news into a whole new light. It may not be Star Wars: Battlefront or any of the earlier mentioned titles, but it’s a start. With a space system in game from the start, there is also hope for it being expanded upon in the future. I truly hope that this is the case. I would love to be able to hook up my joystick again and get into PvP dogfights with other players. I’m not a PvP fan by any stretch normally, but the fact that I could be doing it in space gets me just a little giddy. Yes, I said giddy.
Right now, there isn’t a whole lot of other information about the space flight in the game other than what we’ve already read and seen, but Bioware is giving us little snippets to keep interest up. This comes in the form of announcing the first two ships, of six, that we will encounter in this space battles. So, I leave you this week with a picture of the Republic Defender, which as it sounds, is a Republic defense cruiser, and also the Fury, which appears to be a spiritual predecessor to the Tie Interceptor or Tie Fighter. Drool away!