Feast Your Eyes On 'Star Wars: The Old Republic'

"Star Wars" nerd over here, and proud of it. I've worn out multiple VHS copies of the originals, read most of the Expanded Universe novels and even had my first published work -- at the tender age of 13 -- printed in an accessory guide for the "Star Wars" role-playing game. To say I enjoy "Star Wars" is to say I enjoy breathing; it is a necessity in my world.

I shared in the general disappointment as both a "Wars" fan and a video gamer when the massively multiplayer online role-playing game "Star Wars: Galaxies" came out. Rather than offering players an immersive entry point into the series, "Galaxies" offered what amounted to just another MMO experience. Now we fans have our next great hope for an MMO in a galaxy far, far away: BioWare's "Star Wars: The Old Republic."

BioWare of course has delivered one of the greatest "Star Wars" gaming experiences to date, the multi-award winning role-playing game "Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic." Their "Old Republic" MMO, set a few centuries later but in the same general political timeframe as "Knights," will reportedly feature class-specific plotlines spanning hundreds of hours, hopefully offering players a much truer representation than "Galaxies" ever did of what it is like to live in the "Star Wars" universe.

This new trailer isn't particularly revealing, but boy is it a hoot to watch. Look at all of those lightsabers! Force powers too, lots of 'em, and with just the right touch of "Matrix"/"300"-style slo-mo. Some gameplay footage would have been nice, but the CG clip is certainly enough to get the fanboy in me humming. I've never been a fan of the subscription-based model for MMORPGs, but if anything will break me from that, it's a "Star Wars" MMO from BioWare.

Are any of you interested in crossing the final frontier, from passively watching the adventures of Luke Skywalker to actively creating your own with an original character? How do you think the footage in this trailer measures up against the "Clone Wars" cartoon? Would you like to see more "Wars" fiction using this style of animation?