Gamescom 2015: SWTOR expansion news and trailer

    
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In Cologne, Germany, EA began its press conference for Gamescom 2015 with the typical action sequence montage from single-player games, but what MMO fans were looking forward to was Star Wars: The Old Republic and its next expansion Knights of the Fallen Empire. And EA delivered, giving us a new trailer that revealed load-lifter full of hidden information.

As you might have guessed from the previous trailer, Emperor Valkorion is not a nice guy, and your character, along with what appeared to be Dark Council member Darth Marr, confront this new evil emperor for his crimes against the Empire and Republic. But there is a twist, and Valkorian offers you a deal: “I’ll share all of this with you, if you’ll only kneel.”

Studio Game Director James Ohlen gave everyone a treat, saying that if you sign up as a subscriber during Gamescom (by August 10th, according to the official website), you’ll get smuggler Nico Okarr as a companion.

And so that you don’t have to comb through the hour’s worth of presentation just to get a nugget from SWTOR, we dropped the full trailer below.

The Knights of the Fallen Empire expansion releases officially on October 27, 2015.

Update: Massively OP’s Larry Everett dissected the trailer this morning for those who might have missed some of the hidden information in the trailer.

Source: Gamescom press conference, SWTOR YouTube, SWTOR Official site, and Hyperspace Beacon YouTube
Massively Overpowered is on the ground in Cologne, Germany, for Gamescom 2015, bringing you expert MMO coverage from NCsoft, Blizzard, CCP, BioWare, and everything else on display at the world’s biggest gaming convention!
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Denngar
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Denngar

jeremy2020 JonBuck Um, you may wanna check the forums. It’s already been said this isn’t happening. The factions are very much alive and kicking, which another reason I’m not excited about this expansion.

jeremy2020
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jeremy2020

JonBuck It appears they are trying to move away from Empire/Republic. Speculation is rampant that the two factions will cease to be separate and you will be able to group with people from both sides.

Remianen
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Remianen

Larry is so cute. I love his optimism. “Your choices will matter HUGE”. It’s like a kid trying to prove Santa Claus despite seeing his parents laying out his bike, XBox One/PS4, etc. When you say “Mass Effect level of choices”, which ME are you referring to? 3 (boned by Starbaby no matter what) or either of the previous two?

Something possessed me to sub (for HALF A YEAR) so I’m hopeful. But I’ve heard the “choices that matter” bit before and Quinn is still on my ship (ALIVE, no less) and I can’t help but think of the gnashing of teeth that will occur if those choices that matter separate friends as a result of those choices. Plus, I’m kinda wary of the path they chose. It seems fairly common for games with multiple factions to effectively combine them and turn everything co-op (hi CoH!). I hope this isn’t the trend here.

SwobyJ
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SwobyJ

thebmatt SwobyJ Again, SPOILERS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACsw57YXpCw

slambit
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slambit

1080 version would be nice  :)

SwobyJ
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SwobyJ

Denngar Looks more like you lack organization.

SwobyJ
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SwobyJ

JonBuck Not necessarily.

thebmatt
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thebmatt

SwobyJ Please share where we can see these?

Shaddoe
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Shaddoe

Greaterdivinity Shaddoe Shoot. I missed this reply, and yes, one of my characters is named Shaddoe. So send me an in-game mail if you don’t see me on.

Denngar
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Denngar

I really wish I could get more excited and sub but when I reinstalled, I looked at all the stuff in my inventory, the gajillion moves on my hot bars, dead friends list, dead guild/lack of a guild (depending on which character I jumped on), loaded banks, and just signed off. I had so much to do and so many “chores” that I worry I would take too long to prep for playing to be able to really enjoy it. Adding an extension for the smuggler companion is good for those still on the fence, but I think I fell onto the no side and just can’t get the motivation to climb up and over.