Writer Drew Karpyshyn reminisces about SWTOR’s Revan

Legendary BioWare writer Drew Karpyshyn is joining the celebration for this month’s release of the classic Knights of the Old Republic on Xbox One. In a short but interesting post, Karpyshyn expresses amazement over the longevity of the character of Revan and his satisfaction over how the team wrapped up his story in Star Wars: The Old Republic.

“With the release of Shadow of Revan, the 2014 expansion for Star Wars: The Old Republic, the conclusion of Revan’s tale was finally told,” he wrote. “It’s amazing to me that the story of this character I helped to create has now spanned more than a decade. The tale of Revan winds its way through all the BioWare Old Republic games, uniting them with a shared heritage and mythology — a common thread linking KOTOR to SWTOR.”

To synergize with the release of KOTOR on Xbox One, SWTOR is currently giving the Rise of the Hutt Cartel and Shadow of Revan expansions to players for free.

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Rolan Storm

Well, what do you know. Everyone like it.


Honestly Revan (and also Bastila Shan) and the Jedi Exile Meetra Surik are two of my favorite characters and storylines in the Star Wars EU…i normally replay both KoToR games every couple years…i absolutely love those two games/stories


Too bad Bioware completely underplayed The Exile’s achievements and used her to pad up Revan. Probably because Obsidian did KotoR 2 which is better in every way.


Well, even in KotOR II the exile was a subordinate to Revan. Her achievements while important were distinctly lower in magnitude as well. Revan lead the forces that defeated the Mandalorians, the Exile was one of his generals. Revan defeated the Sith Empire under Malak’s control. The Exile defeated the remnants of that empire.

I think KotOR II did a lot of things right, and some of them better, others worse. Of course it was also built on the shoulders of BioWare’s work. (It also suffered tremendously from being rushed out the door.)

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Almost makes me want to go back and play SWTOR just for this storyline but since not playing for a few years, I’ve probably left it too late.

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I loved the Shadow of Revan storyline, as well, in so many ways, and it wasn’t just a “fan service” thing for me, either.

Honestly, my time playing (and replaying) the original Knights of the Old Republic single-player game on PC was so frickin’ long ago now — with so many other games played between then and now — that I remembered far, far less of the Revan backstory than I thought I did.

My love of Shadow of Revan had a lot more to do with how it was structured as a story, and the kinds of things players got to do, and to see, and to experience during that story.

It may have been the last Star Wars The Old Republic gameplay I really, truly loved and enjoyed.

I don’t play SWTOR any more, and I have no plans to go back. “Oh, how the mighty have fallen …”

It’s actually gotten to the point where I’m starting to wonder if the crazy conspiracy theories could be correct, and EA is actually trying to slow-kill SWTOR so they can justify shutting it down to their shareholders et al, and put their Star Wars game efforts elsewhere …

I’m not actually convinced that this theory is true — but I confess that the theory flits through my brain more regularly now than it used to do.

My opinions, anyway,


Well, it is a great story. I enjoyed Shadow of Revan immensely on SWTOR. Drew K. had a hand in that bit of story, and it was very good. As a player, it felt good to be dragged into the tale oh so many years later.

And the cherry on top? Revan was the final boss in the final Operation introduced with that xpac, Temple of Sacrifice. In normal mode he was more a Bobafett going down easily, but in hard mode, as it should be played, it is a true test and demonstration of his power. Heh.

Sadly, that is the last Op ever introduced at this point. Another is being piece mealed but I’m not counting that until it’s full release. It is also the last Op our guild conquered together.

Here is cap of me and my guildies with Revan in the middle. I’m the one you can barely see with the target over my head as I was tanking. Lol. The memories of Drew’s Revan story are special to me in so many ways. :)