The Old Republic’s Legacy System Might Let You Play As The Other Faction’s Races

By David Wharton | 9 years ago

I imagine that quite a few of our readers have, like me, dived in headfirst to Bioware’s new massively multiplayer online role-playing game, Star Wars: The Old Republic. The ability to create your own character and immerse yourself in the universe of Star Wars is exactly the sort of drug many a Star Wars fan has been waiting for. While the game has only been out for a month now, Bioware has released a new video showcasing some of the upcoming features that will be added to the game in the coming months. It’s most stuff that’s already been announced, or at least hinted at, such as UI customization, more PVP content, and the Legacy system. However, the video may contain a hint at a major change that should get Old Republic players excited. Let’s watch the video, then we’ll speculate.

The video provides more info on the Legacy system, which lets you choose a family name linking all your characters on an individual server, and providing each of them benefits. It’s a cool little idea building off the importance of family in Star Wars canon — Luke & Leia, “I am your father,” etc. But where things get interesting is around the 1:12 mark, where we see what appears to be a Miralurka, a blind alien race, fighting several critters. However, as the eagle eyes over at GamesRadar noticed, he’s wielding a red lightsaber, something that would typically mark him in-game as a Sith…but the Miralurka are a Republic-only faction as the game currently stands. Since this little tidbit is shown during the section of the video focusing on the Legacy system, could it be suggesting that your Legacy will allow you to play as the other faction’s races?

GamesRadar contacted Bioware’s Daniel Erickson, who would only say that the character in question is “definitely a Miralurka Sith.” That’s not exactly confirmation, but it’s definitely food for thought. Bioware almost never slips anything big like this into their videos by accident, and using the Legacy system to make all races playable by both factions would address one of the big fanboy complaints about the game so far.

You can find out more about The Old Republic at the official website, and you can get shot in the head by my Trooper on the Vornskr server.