It was less than a month ago when the Trooper class was announced for Star Wars: The Old Republic (SWTOR), the upcoming Star Wars MMO being developed by BioWare and LucasArts. A quick glance at the classes page on the official site reveals that each allegiance (The Galatic Republic and The Sith Empire) will contain four distinct classes. All you'll find on the official site are the first two classes (Bounty Hunter and Trooper), but today, GameSpot sat down for an exclusive interview with three members of the development team, who happened to unveil a third class, the Smuggler.
As stated in my previous post regarding the Trooper, each class offers a unique gameplay experience, and the smuggler is no exception. "As a smuggler, you'll need to get by on quick thinking, charm, luck, and your ability to outsmart others." If you always wanted to be Han Solo or Lando Calrissian, this is the class for you. Touted as an MMO-first, the smuggler class utilizes a dynamic "cover" system. They are not heavily armored, nor do they have force powers, so smugglers must rely on "underhanded battle techniques" to survive, such as sneaking around unseen and shooting enemies in the back. In addition, if the odds are stacked against a smuggler, they have the means and tools to get away quickly.
In addition to the smuggler class, BioWare also unveiled one more juicy bit of information about SWTOR; it will be the first-ever fully voiced MMO. All player and non-player characters will be fully voiced throughout the game, making it the biggest voice over project in the history of games, and most likely of any media.