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30th Anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back Brings Surprises

posted Sunday May 23, 2010 by Josh Henry

30th Anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back Brings Surprises

If you are like me, you may know that the 30th anniversary of Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back was yesterday May 22nd. It's amazing to think that it has been 30 years since, in my opinion, the best Star Wars movie was released. For 30 years Star Wars has captured the imagination and hearts of over 3 generation. The media decided to celebrate the occasion in multiple ways, one being a Marathon of the original trilogy on SPIKE TV all day. That being said this anniversary didn't just spell happiness for fans of the movie franchise but also the community of BioWare's MMO Star Wars: The Old Republic.

In case all the articles I have written about this game haven't gotten you excited yet, maybe this will get you a little more interested. Last Friday, May 21st, BioWare announced that in order to pay tribute to Episode V, that the game would contain that planet upon which one of the most memorable battles in the Star Wars movies occurred, Hoth. If you are familiar with the planet Hoth you are probably having the same reaction as most of the community of TOR, and saying things like "But it's just a planet of snow! We have a planet of only sand (Tatooine) and now we have a planet of snow!?!?"

I will admit that when I first saw the reveal of this planet I was a bit disappointed but then I remembered that BioWare was behind all of this and waited to get more information on the subject. Low and behold my patience was answered when BW revealed the history of the planet stating that in TOR's timeline Hoth was the site of an epic space battle which turned it into a starship graveyard, containing secret republic starships unknown to the empire, which players could explore and fight over. But the Empire and Republic aren't the only parties involved.

Upon learning of the wealth of technology Hoth is home too, a pirate confederation devoted an army of droid and mercenaries to uncover what was once lost; can you say conflict? Even after the reveal of the justification of bringing Hoth to TOR's universe there are still skeptics, but we will just have to wait until Spring 2011 to find out what lies underneath Hoth's frozen wastes. Below is the original trailer of Episode V for you to check out. Ask yourself once you watch it if you thought it was a good trailer and if you would have been interested in seeing it back then.


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