Via Starwars.com:

MARKING ITS 15TH ANNIVERSARY, STARWARS.COM REMINISCES ABOUT THE BELOVED KNIGHTS OF THE OLD REPUBLIC WITH DEVELOPERS AND ARTISTS FROM BIOWARE AND CAPITAL GAMES.

Like the Jedi Order, every Star Wars fan has a collection of sacred texts. For many fans who play games, however, the role-playing game Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic ranks especially high and carries much weight.Released for the original Xbox on July 15, 2003, Knights of the Old Republic (or simply KotOR, to many fans) was a landmark event in the history of Star Warsgames. Several months before the first Jedi character appeared in the Star Wars Galaxies MMO, Knights of the Old Republic became the first-ever role-playing video game to let players create their own Jedi character, learn the ways of the Force, and construct their own customizable lightsaber. The game quickly drew legions of fans, garnered widespread critical acclaim, and received numerous game-of-the-year awards for its superb writing and cinematic storytelling, including special accolades for best original character: the misanthropic assassin droid HK-47.

To celebrate KotOR’s 15th anniversary, Capital Games is bringing more beloved characters from the Old Republic to the wildly popular mobile RPG Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes. On July 12, Galaxy began launching in-game “marquee events” for fan-favorite characters like Bastila Shan, Jolee Bindo, T3-M4, Mission Vao, and the Wookiee Zaalbar, as well as the Sith fighter used by Darth Malak’s forces at the Battle of Rakata Prime. Players who dive into the new missions will also get to revisit familiar environments, including parts of the Taris Undercity and a Sith base inspired by the ones on Taris and Manaan .

StarWars.com spoke with Carrie Gouskos, senior producer at Capital Games, along with BioWare General Manager Casey Hudson and Art Director Derek Watts, to relive some of their favorite KotOR memories and find out what we can expect from Bastila and her companions in Galaxy of Heroes.

“On the team, we’re all fans of Knights of the Old Republic, and I think our players, in particular, are big fans. We’ve had a lot of positive reception around the release of Nihilus and the Sith Triumvirate. And so, for us, coming off the back of a movie, we’re always trying to introduce different parts of the Star Wars universe in equal measure,” Gouskos says. Besides the Sith Lords from Knights of the Old Republic II, the droid HK-47 has also been a huge hit with Galaxy players. “We started thinking about which characters from the Old Republic we really wanted to bring in, and the first natural choice for us was the companions, who you spend so much time with in the game.”

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