12:19pm PT by Graeme McMillan
A Familiar Jedi Knight Returns In the 'Star Wars: The Old Republic' Trailer
Ahead of an expected expansion later this month, BioWare has released a new trailer for Star Wars: The Old Republic that teases the return of a familiar face for longtime fans of the franchise.
The masked figure in the teaser appears to be none other than Revan, a character with a complicated backstory that first appeared in the 2003 game Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, before making re-appearances in later games Knights of the Old Republic II: Sith Lords and the original 2011 Star Wars: The Old Republic release, as well as episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars and his own novel, Star Wars: The Old Republic — Revan.
The character holds a particular place in what used to be called the “Expanded Universe” of Star Wars mythology — non-movie storylines that have now been firmly placed outside of franchise canon — in that he is one of the few Jedi to turn to the dark side, only to return and be redeemed at a later date. Thanks to his habit of changing lightsabers throughout his career, it’s safe to assume that the version of the character is “early” Revan, before he’s turned to the dark side, despite his imposing appearance and description as a “deadly force.”
Star Wars: The Old Republic launched in late 2011 as a subscription-based Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game, before switching to a free-to-play model the following year. Set more than 3,000 years before events in the Star Wars movies, players can sign up as members of the Sith Empire or the Galactic Republic and explore the galaxy, find companions and upgrade their Force skills. Official announcement of the game’s 3.0 expansion is expected before the end of September.