IGN writes: "Yesterday LucasArts and BioWare finally announced their long-awaited massively-multiplayer online game, Star Wars: The Old Republic. Set a short time after the events in the Knights of the Old Republic games, the new game will let players join sides in the war between the Republic and the Empire. A couple of weeks ago, we had the chance to head down to Austin for an exclusive look at the game. Though it's still too early for the team at BioWare to give us many specific gameplay details, we came away with lots of information about their overall philosophy of design and some of the key systems they hope to use to bring the BioWare roleplaying experience into the world of online games.
We kicked off our week of coverage by first looking at the way BioWare hopes to use story to drive the action, both in terms of the individual player narratives and the shared experiences driven by the game's social nature. Today, we're going to spend some time examining the overall history of the galaxy, exploring the two factions and the moral issues that players will face."