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Revan novel to answer all!
2011-04-26, 19:55 - by Prime

Originally Posted by Drew Karpyshyn
Q: How does it feel to finally reveal that the title of your latest Star Wars book is Revan?

A: I'd like to start by saying how gratifying it was to work on this book. Knights of the Old Republic™ (KOTOR) was my first creative foray into the Star Wars universe, so writing Revan felt a little bit like I was returning to my roots. I also know a lot of fans have been patiently waiting a long time to find out what happened to Revan after KOTOR -- it's probably the number one question I'm asked on my website. I'm glad the story is finally being told, and I'm ecstatic that I'm the one who gets to tell it.

Q: The book is months away, but can you say how much of Revan will be revealed?

A: We called the book Revan because this is his story; he is the main character, and readers are going to see much of this book through his point of view. There are other characters, of course - some old and some new - but Revan is the primary protagonist.

Q: How much of this is material that had been developed earlier for KOTOR? Was Revan fleshed out at that point, or was he always a sort of a cipher to be filled in later?

A: Anyone familiar with the KOTOR games knows that we walked a delicate line with Revan: the legend and reputation of this great Jedi-turned-Sith were well established, but players were also able to define many aspects of the character as they played.

Obviously this wouldn't have worked for a book with Revan as the main character, so I decided to focus on certain universally established elements from the KOTOR games while also reinforcing previously established canon from the greater Star Wars universe, such as Revan being male and choosing the light side/redemption ending of the game.

However, by coloring in these details I was also able to delve much deeper into the character than we did when Revan was the "blank slate" of the games. It was a difficult decision, but I feel the payoff was worth it. Fans want to know what happened to Revan after KOTOR, and now they'll finally get to see that story.

Q: What other characters from Knights of the Old Republic and Knights of the Old Republic II might we expect to see?

A: You can't tell a story about Revan without also exploring his companions; they were such a key element of the KOTOR experience that it wouldn't feel right without bringing some of them back. Of course it would be impossible to include all of them in a novel in a way that would make a cohesive and fulfilling story, so I focused on those who felt most directly relevant to what happened to Revan after the KOTOR games. I don't want to give too much away, but Canderous, T3-M4, the Exile and Bastila Shan all have significant roles to play in the novel (along with some significant characters who appear in Star Wars: The Old Republic).

Q: How much time do the events of Revan span? And where does it sit in relation to the other Star Wars: The Old Republic novels?

A: The story picks up right after the end of the first Knights of the Old Republic and continues through and beyond KOTOR II -- a span of roughly five years. There are allusions to the events of KOTOR II, but my focus was on the story taking place before, between and after the games -- I didn't want to rehash a story fans already knew.

Because we're set in the same time period as the KOTOR games, we're roughly 300 years earlier than the other The Old Republic novels... though the events of this book have a major impact on shaping The Old Republic universe.

Q: How has working at BioWare influenced your writing of Star Wars fiction?

A: For starters, it's easier for me to make the connections between the book and the game. Instead of trying to work from a twenty-page summary, I have the advantage of knowing the intimate details of the hundreds of hours of story we've created. I know the feel and flavor of the universe, and I know the subtle nuances in the game that I can call out, tease and play off.

Similarly, being the lead writer on KOTOR has given me a deep understanding of Revan and other KOTOR characters. I was thinking about all this years before the original KOTOR ever released, so it's fair to say I've spent more time with the canonical Revan than anyone else. I never knew for sure if we'd continue his story, but it was always in the back of mind, just waiting for the opportunity.

Q: In what ways will readers who have read Revan benefit when playing Star Wars: The Old Republic?

A: I think the novel will give them a much better understanding of the Sith Emperor and the Empire, for one thing. The Old Republic Sith Empire is very different from what people know from the movies, or even from the Great Hyperspace War comics that focus on characters like Naga Sadow and Ludo Kressh.

The novel will also give them some very direct background and detailed information that ties in directly with key Flashpoints in the game. I can't say too much, of course, but like any great prequel the books will give you the details of what came before to add an extra layer of depth to the experiences in the game.

Q: Readers know you from your bestselling Darth Bane books. Might Bane fans see things they recognize from that trilogy, even though this is set much earlier than those books?

A: I didn't make a lot of direct references to Bane or his time period; after all, Revan is almost three thousand years removed. And I like to think that both Revan and Bane have stories that can stand on their own. However, I think fans will recognize the complex way I approach both the light and dark side. I would never want to meld them into a shade of gray - that isn't what Star Wars is about. But Revan walked both paths, and he came to understand there were positives and negatives to both sides of the Force. That theme ripples through the novel and the characters in the same way that I tried to have Bane's story be a reexamination of the dark side in a way that most Star Wars fans hadn't experienced before.
Darth Vader Demands You Pre-Order the Star Wars Saga on Blu-Ray
2011-01-07, 02:23 - by Prime
Star Wars coming to Blu-Ray.

I guess fanboys will have to strike this item off the things-to-bitch-about list.
The Circle (of Netbook Gamer Jedi Knight Articles) is Now Complete!
2010-03-29, 16:11 - by txa1265

Over at I have a series called 'The Netbook Gamer'. Recently I stepped through the entire Kyle Katarn series on my Lenovo s10 netbook to review for the series:

Dark Forces

Jedi Knight

Mysteries of the Sith

Jedi Knight II

Jedi Academy

The articles look at the games through a historical lens, serving as content reviews, retrospectives, as well as technical reviews regarding running on a low-end netbook.

Entire Jedi Knight series coming to Steam & Direct2Drive on Sept 16th!
2009-09-13, 19:59 - by txa1265

Another week ... another amazing newsbit about LucasArts and PC gaming! This week, on Wednesday the 16th, the whole Jedi Knight series will be available on both Steam and Direct2Drive for download! It isn't clear what the pricing will be like, and neither site has a listing yet, so you'll have to check it out on Wednesday.

Here is the Twitter world from LucasArts:
KotOR now on Steam and Direct2Drive
2009-09-07, 18:35 - by txa1265

Wow, just wow ... LucasArts really seems to be waking up to the PC gaming world again! This week they have upped the ante again, releasing Knights of the Old Republic on both Steam and Direct2Drive!

Sure I know most of us already have this, but the ability to have a no-CD install and no CD required to play is quite enticing ... as is the price: $9.99!
LucasArts Back Catalog Announcement On Monday
2009-08-10, 13:37 - by Prime

"There are more games resurfacing from LucasArts' library of classics, according to the company's Twitter feed. LucasArts is teasing a back catalog announcement on Monday, likely related to another round of additions to its Steam lineup.

The additions will not, however, include X-Wing or TIE Fighter -- boo!"

I hear your boo and raise you a boo!
LucasArts games now on Steam!
2009-07-11, 14:13 - by txa1265

Anticipation of the release of the updated LucasArts classic adventure Tales of Monkey Island this week was ratcheted up by the announcement that the publisher would begin releasing classic games from their vault on the Steam download service. One thing that was unknown from the announcement was the pricing – and the absence of details left many fearing the worst … after all, LucasArts has seemed to have gone from being a core center of gaming innovation and creativity to a profit center based on licensed titles in recent years.

So now we have the details of the games and the pricing. For the most part the pricing is extremely budget-friendly! This is especially so on the classic adventures which are all $4.99. Apparently LucasArts is adopting a simple $5 – $10 – $20 pricing model, which is similar to the $5 – $10 used on GoodOldGames but otherwise uncommon.

I would also say that the pricing on games such as the under-appreciated Armed & Dangerous and Star Wars Republic Commando is just right, as is the recent release LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures. I would say that Star Wars Battlefront II is possibly overpriced, but looking online there is more demand than supply so this will likely sell well at $20. The one clunker is Thrillville: Off the Rails, the average theme park builder sim that should have been priced at $9.99 if they hoped to sell more than a couple of dozen copies.

Adventure Game Classics:
- The Dig – $4.99
- Loom – $4.99
- Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade – $4.99
- Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis – $4.99

Star Wars Games:
- Star Wars Starfighter – $4.99
- Star Wars Battlefront II – $19.99
- Star Wars Republic Commando – $9.99

Other Games:
- LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures – $19.99
- Armed and Dangerous – $9.99
- Thrillville: Off the Rails – $19.99

So what do you think?
‘Star Wars’ Live-Action TV Series Casting Underway
2009-03-10, 13:52 - by Prime

"According to Lucas, the show will focus on minor characters from the saga and be set in the time period between “Revenge of the Sith” (Episode III) and the original “Star Wars” (Episode IV). The action will follow the Rebel Alliance as it slowly gains strength against the Empire. There will be Stormtroopers, but no Jedi or Darth Vader will appear on screen."
Footage from Star Wars: Battlefront III leaked
2009-01-18, 16:05 - by Wacky
...But it looks like it might not be the BF III we end up with.

The footage is apparently from an internal meeting in November at Free Radical Design, who are now in administration after losing the BF III contract. IGN has more in an interview with a former FRD developer.

You can watch the leaked video on

A choice quote from one ex-employee of FRD:

Originally Posted by Thomas Dudenaughty
It's dead. The stuff in the video of going from the ground to air to space to orbit is the tech that is dying with us. They've [LucasArts] decided, for whatever reason, I guess because it's less effort, to completely remove that with a cutscene transition.
And one more:

Originally Posted by Thomas Dudenaughty
LucasArts never told us when they wanted to release, literally never. We didn't do any press, they kept it totally under wraps. I think that was partly because they had The Force Unleashed, they didn't want it to be contrasting with that.
BF III had apparently been in development for well over 18 months, and was nearing completion, so one can only wonder what the reception and outcome might have been had LucasArts announced the game sooner. Now it looks like the FRD version of BF III will never see the light of day.
Star Wars: The Old Republic MMO Announced
2008-10-22, 13:15 - by Prime
After much speculation and verbally violent discussion the announcement has been made that Bioware and Lucasarts are developing an MMO called Star Wars: The Old Republic.

You can check out the announcement video at
Here is the official blurb in the setting:

The true Sith have spent centuries building their strength in the depths of unknown space. The Sith Emperor patiently planned for the day when his Sith Empire would repay the Jedi for the humiliating defeats of the past. In that time, generations of Sith have come and gone, working hard and devoting their lives to the dream of vengeance.

With dark discipline and meticulous execution, the Sith's first assault on their enemies succeeded to near-perfection. They sliced through the Jedi and their defenses as if they weren't even there. Though their aggressive advances were eventually slowed, the Sacking of Coruscant settled any questions about whether the Sith were victorious.

In the years since the treaty, the twelve-member Sith Dark Council has overseen the consolidation of the Empire's new domains and the restructuring to put practical matters in the hands of the Imperial military so the Sith Lords can plan for the future. The Sith Lords' focus has now turned to recruiting and training new acolytes to increase the Empire's power. When the final battle with the Jedi comes, the Sith Lords plan to be prepared. There will be no mercy.

In the vaulted halls of the Sith Academy on Korriban and in the deep tombs of the great Dark Lords of the past, potential Sith must face arduous tests to prove their worthiness. Even if they survive this deadly training, though, their greatest challenge lies in the cruel competition of their fellow acolytes, as each vies for the favor of their Masters. Ultimately, only the strongest will become Sith; the others will simply die trying.
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