Star Wars: The Old Republic contains zero mentions of midi-chlorians

The quickest way to bother a Star Wars fan (besides attempting to make them watch the Christmas Special) is to bring up "midi-chlorians," the advent of the prequel trilogy that attempted to science-ify the Force. They're just an awful, lazy plot mechanic, and one that shouldn't be anywhere near the franchise. Naturally, with the release of Star Wars: The Old Republic, which is said to have 60 man years worth of writing in it, we were worried that they would show up somewhere. Maybe in a random conversation. Maybe in a lore codex. Maybe scribbled on the wall of a Cantina on Mos Ila, who knows?

Well, one person: Daniel Erickson. Erickson was the lead writer on the game, and claims to have read through every word that made its way into the game, so if anyone could answer our question, it would be him. 

Above: Hear him for yourself in the interview

At the end of our interview, which you can check out above, we asked him the question: "How many times are midi-chlorians brought up?"

"Zero," he responded, "they won't be discovered for quite some time."

Friends, we can all let out a collective sigh of relief. Considering the game's other inside jokes meant for die-hard Star Wars fans (including the Smuggler's class ability to "shoot first") we're not entirely surprised that they were left out, but we are extremely happy to hear that we'll be able to play through every drop of content in the game without having an NPC tell us that our midi-chlorian level is "over 9000."


  • Gilligan - December 28, 2011 4:43 a.m.

    I wish they released this for Mac, would be awesome :S
  • mubobi7593 - December 27, 2011 2:38 p.m.

    I don't understand all the midochlorian hate. They don't explain the Force itself, they explain why people are able to use the force.
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  • inkyspot - December 25, 2011 3:14 a.m.

    I had to look up midi-chlorians LOL Happy Holidays Evryone at Games Radar.
  • Moondoggie1157 - December 24, 2011 8:20 p.m.

    Over 9000? That's impossible...
  • EwoksTasteLikeChicken - December 24, 2011 7:55 p.m.

    Wish I had a good computer to play this, mine can barely handle League of Legends on low quality.
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    http://xua。me/eW9 ... good help for everyone
  • ObliqueZombie - December 24, 2011 5:58 a.m.

    Can NOT get enough of this game! No matter what I do, something always brings me right back into it, even though I was never out of it. The writing and voice acting in this game are par-none, and I congratulate BioWare on completing--perfecting--their first shot in the MMO demographic.
  • AnonymouZ - December 24, 2011 5:40 a.m.

    solid snake is a JEDI KNIGHT?! FUUUUUNK... i'm playing the wrong faction!... mother effer
  • lilbuddha - December 24, 2011 4:27 a.m.

    midi-chlorians was the worst thought out, and biggest cop-out George Lucas put into the prequels. Out of 3 movies and a decades to write it, he stuffs the explanation for the force into TWO LINES that are basically never mentioned again the rest of the films? "oh hey, btw, the force, it's actually just a really bad case of crabs, anyways lets go talk to a CGI bunny rabbit for 2 hours" An old republic film would revitalize the entire universe for the next generation of fans. Just don't let that crazy man George Lucas direct it.
  • ObliqueZombie - December 24, 2011 6 a.m.

    WOOW, I agree on that one! An Old Republic film would knock anything Mr. Lucas has done, and I have full-faith BioWare could write and direct a better movie. Hell, they already HAVE.
  • ObliqueZombie - December 24, 2011 6:01 a.m.

    WOOW, I have just talking about that, I agree on that one! An Old Republic film would knock anything Mr. Lucas has done, and I have full-faith BioWare could write and direct a better movie. Hell, they already HAVE.
  • Cyberninja - December 24, 2011 11:17 a.m.

    i call bs on that seeing as he has overseen all the films and not just the ones people hate
  • lilbuddha - December 24, 2011 7:32 p.m.

    Older films he was given much more direction by fellow crew, in the prequels it was 100% his ideas and no one else's. Original trilogy = George Lucas + Others New trilogy = George Lucas + Ego
  • keltar93 - December 24, 2011 8:55 a.m.

    Were they to make a new film, I'd recommend Joss Whedon (Serenity) J. J. Abrams (Star Trek '09) or James Cameron (Avatar). They already each made better Star Wars movies than the prequels anyway.
  • Sinsational - December 26, 2011 3:58 a.m.

    If you let J.J. Abrams direct a Star Wars movie, we'd get nothing but lense-flare lightsaber battles and obscenely close close-ups.
  • TheZigMan - December 24, 2011 10:29 a.m.

    You stole that from the review of The Phantom Menace
  • Fizban - December 24, 2011 4:22 a.m.

    acoustic chlorians sound much better than Midi chlorians.

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