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Developer Diary: Writing the Jedi Knight

Posted by Michael Bitton on Nov 06, 2009  | Comments

Developer Diary: Writing the Jedi Knight - Star Wars: The Old Republic - MMORPG.com

Star Wars: The Old Republic Senior Writer Drew Karpyshyn discusses writing for the recently reveealed Jedi Knight class in this latest Developer Diary. In the diary, Drew poses a number of questions to the reader on the sorts of choices they are going to have to make while playing a Jedi Knight.

The life of a Jedi Knight is certainly trying, and players are going to have to decide whether or not to compromise their values for the greater good, or to follow the Jedi Code to a tee:

You see, combat is never a problem for the Jedi Knight. Acrobatic lightsaber moves, unleashing devastating Force attacks and back-round kicking opponents in the face are second nature. But what happens when a sworn enemy surrenders and begs you for mercy? You *know* letting him live is going to come back and bite you. Unfortunately, slicing an unarmed opponent in half sort of violates everything the Jedi stand for. So, do you let him live? Or do you bend the rules – just this once – for the greater good?

Suppose you don’t kill him. What if he offers you power in exchange for letting him go free? You can use that power for good. Make the galaxy a better place. The Jedi Council might disapprove, but they’re not out here on the front lines fighting for their lives day in and day out, are they?

Read the full dev diary here.

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Michael Bitton / Michael Bitton / Michael began his career at the WarCry Network in 2005 as the site manager for several different WarCry fansite portals. In 2008, Michael worked for the startup magazine Massive Gamer as a columnist and online news editor. In June of 2009, Michael joined MMORPG.com as the site's Community Manager. Follow him on Twitter @eMikeB