Unless you’ve been serving time in the spice mines of Kessel, you’ve probably been following Star Wars: The Old Republic’s development with as much interest as the late Senator Palpatine followed Anakin Skywalker’s. The upcoming MMORPG from developer Bioware and publisher LucasArts was unveiled last October, and has already come a long way, judging by Bioware’s latest media update. New wallpapers have also been made available, for those of you looking to decorate your datapads.

The game is set roughly 300 years after the events of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic I & II, and will feature Bioware’s usual plot-oriented approach to gameplay, centered on the eternal battle between the Jedi and those pesky Sith. Players will be able to choose sides and wield the Force (or a good blaster, if hokey religions and ancient weapons aren’t your thing) for either faction, alongside a host of AI companions. The game has thus far been confirmed only for PC, but console versions are re-port-edly under consideration (that joke’s for all you Jar Jar fans out there).‚  We won’t see the final product for some time, but there’s no reason to have a bad feeling about this one.

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Ben Lindbergh is a Blast Games staff writer

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