Coming Distractions: The trailer for the next Old Republic expansion is also a tragic Star Wars short film

It’s hard to believe, but Star Wars: The Old Republic is nearly five years old now. One of the most expensive games ever made and once heralded as the sequel (and next several sequels) to the beloved Knights Of The Old Republic role-playing games, EA’s online space opera has taken a backseat since the publisher scooped up the rights to make every Star Wars game for the foreseeable future. But the Old Republic has always been there, doing away with its monthly fee and churning out tales from an even longer time ago in a galaxy far, far away. In fact, its next big expansion, titled Knights Of The Eternal Throne, is launching in December, and to get the hype train rolling, EA has released a lengthy cinematic trailer (i.e., a cool movie that has nothing to do with the game beyond setting up the premise) that …

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