Released on the 6th of June just a day shy of the E3 2011 opening, the third Star Wars: The Old Republic cinematic trailer sketches a vivid image of Sith Apprentice Malgus assault on a Republican Space Station prior to the liberation of the Sith home world of Korriban from the grasp of the Jedi order and the corrupt Republic it serves.
As with the previously released SWTOR HD cinematic trailers “Deceived” and “Hope”, Sith Warrior Malgus once again makes an appearance. Jedi Consular Satele Shan features for a second consecutive trailer. Jedi Master Kao Cen Darach fights off Sith Lord Vindican and Sith Apprentice Malgus, buying valuable time to allow Satele Shan to escape and warn the Republic of the Sith attack on Korriban. I have no foundation for this and I’m purely speculating, but the constant plugging of Apprentice Malgus and Satele Shan by Bioware is hardly coincidental and the two antagonists may very well play a pivotal role in the story driven MMO once Star Wars: The Old Republic is released.
Sith Inquisitor and Smuggles class
For the first time the Force wielding Sith Inquisitor class and gun slinging Smuggler class are featured in a trailer. As the outcome of the battle with the Jedi Knight demonstrates, the Sith Inquisitor, a class inspired by Emperor Palpatine and his approach to the Force, is less about Lightsaber melee and more about treachery and Force manipulation.
The addition of a Smuggler class is undoubtedly motivated by the classic hero Han Solo portrayed by Harrison Ford in the original prequel trilogy. However, this SWTOR-incarnation of the Smuggler class draws to mind a space cowboy straight out of Firefly. (Yes, I’m aware of Han Solo inspiring Firefly and “appearing” in the brilliant but short-lived TV-series.)
The Star Wars: The Old Republic cinematic trailer Return is also the first trailer to include actor dialog. Despite being jam-packed with cheesy one-liners, the harder and raw feel of the trailers don’t seem to cater to the same pre-teen audience targeted by the Jar Jar Binks-infested prequel movies.
The imperial agent is the one and only class not to be featured in any of the SWTOR trailers.
“Return” is the third Star Wars: The Old Republic Cinematic Trailer in HD produced by Blur Studio.