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Anyone who wished that BioWare was working on another Knights of the Old Republic title instead of an MMO, should check out the latest update on the official Star Wars: The Old Republic site. The update covers the game’s companion system, which sounds a lot like something you’d expect from a singleplayer RPG, like KotOR or Dragon Age: Origins.
If you haven’t been following BioWare’s regular updates, players will meet multiple companion characters that will join your cause over the course of the game. They sound less like traditional MMO pets or battle escorts - like the mercenary NPCs featured in games such as Diablo II or Guild Wars - and more like full-fledged party members that will affect dialogue options and how story arcs play out. Here’s the most interesting bit of info from today’s update:
“While traveling the galaxy, your Companion Characters will provide commentary, information on plots and directions to points of interest-- all from their own unique perspectives. Companion Characters may act as your conscience, and try to influence your decisions. In turn, you will influence them, and change how they develop as the story progresses. Based on your choices, some Companions will become your closest friends, others may become your lovers, and a few may even become your enemies!”
We love the idea of romancing our companions and making enemies with them. We've already seen how BioWare's stylized dialogue options already make NPCs so much more engaging than the empty quest bots we're used to seeing in MMOs. So, here's hoping that the companion system will make add even more depth to the game's plot and characters.
The update also introduces the companion character Vette (pictured above on the right). The Twi’lek is a former slave, who went on to work for a legendary pirate lord. The official character description of Vette reminds us of Mission from the first KotOR; it says “An unquenchable spark, Vette is older than her years but far from mature, delighting in silly pranks and always ready to laugh at people who think to much of themselves.”
Above: We think it’d be interesting to become lovers with the muscle bound monstrosity on the left
May 28, 2010