Latest 'Star Wars: The Old Republic' trailer is leaked ahead of media event

A five-minute trailer for LucasArts' much anticipated Star Wars game,
Star Wars: The Old Republic has escaped onto the net in advance of Electronic Arts' press conference at 2pm (PDT) of June 15 at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, Los Angeles.

The clip, which is being called the E3 2010 Cinematic Trailer, is computer-generated and extremely polished, but unlikely to depict the game's finished graphics with a high degree of accuracy.

It depicts an ambush sprung by Galactic Republic troopers on a passing caravan of invading Sith.

The Sith Warriors unleash their lightsabers and wreak havoc upon the rebels until an accomplished female Jedi leaps in to save the day, recalling both the wooded surroundings of Endor in Return of the Jedi and the duel at the end of The Phantom Menace.

Star Wars: The Old Republic is to be an online-only multiplayer PC game - think World of Warcraft or Lord of the Rings Online except in a science-fiction universe filled with laser guns, space ships, and with The Force replacing spells and potions.

The game is being developed by EA's studio BioWare whic has recently enjoyed success with two Mass Effect games and Dragon Age: Origins, and also made the well-received Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic back in 2003.

Though SWTOR's expected launch early in 2011 had not been given a specific date - at least, not before publisher Electronic Arts took to the stage in LA - it will still need to see off competition from a number of other titles.

Sony's DC Universe Online is due out this November, World of Warcraft's Cataclysm expansion should be announced by or at the BlizzCon fan event (October 22-23), Guild Wars 2's protracted development cycle should be finished by 2011, and Lord of the Rings Online becomes free-to-play later in Autumn 2010.

Electronic Arts' press conference will be broadcast online by G4TV, 1UP, GameTrailers, GameSpot, on EA.com, and via E3's own YouTube Channel, YouTube.com/E3.

 

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