"Not all heroes carry Lightsabers. Some just have the will to fight."
That is how BioWare begins its description of the newly announced Trooper class for its upcoming MMO, Star Wars: The Old Republic (TOR). The Trooper class is only the second officially-announced class for TOR, the first being the Bounty Hunter class. Troopers are leaders on the battefield. Weilding blaster rifles and battle armor, they can not only take a lot of hits, but can dish out the hurt as well. According to lead combat designer Damion Schubert, they're the highest ranged DPS class in the Galactic Republic (one of the two factions you can choose, the other being the Sith Empire). Schubert also stated that, as leaders on the battlefield, troopers have group buffs to aid their teammates. As a largely story-driven MMO, Bioware promises unique gameplay experiences for each class. So whereas a bounty hunter may be tasked with tracking down a famous smuggler and taking him out, a trooper may be tasked with planning an assault on a base. We'll have to see how this all pans out when the game launches sometime in 2010.