Star Wars: The Old Republic – Alderaan, Balmorra, Belsavis, and the Cantinas

Prior to my starting gamingphoto.com, I dipped my toes into gaming panoramas with my other Bioware love, Star Wars: The Old Republic.  It really is a great game – I want to play it more than I do… but the truth is that with their constant re-organization and somewhat disappointing follow-through on their promise to release monthly content, I get bored at level 50 and go do other things.

That being said, I loved the art direction – they went for a cartoony, Clone Wars sort of look that pulled off a very clean aesthetic.  I created swtorpano.com, which holds some very high-resolution renderings/recreations of the SWTOR universe.

So, as I continue to work on my Mass Effect 3 playthrough, I’m adding some uploads of Star Wars: The Old Republic.

Most of these images are re-processed versions of those found at swtorpano.com, but there is a ton of new content – at least 40 new panoramas will be released before I’m done! Also, WALLPAPERS are available on my newly-launched Wallpaper site!

Each of these images is optimized either for a height of 1440 pixels, or a width of 2560 (whichever is smallest).

Does anyone else have some great SWTOR shots?  E-mail me and I’ll host ‘em!

So, let’s get started!

Alderaan

Since the Republic’s inception, Alderaan’s nobility has been at the political forefront, taking a stand in the Senate for peace, freedom and unity. While Coruscant has always been considered the heart of the Republic, to some extent, Alderaan has been its soul. In the aftermath of the Treaty of Coruscant, however, Alderaan withdrew from the Republic and soon became embroiled in one of the bloodiest civil wars in the galaxy’s history. The future of this once-proud planet is heavily in doubt. (from swtor.com)

Balmorra

Few places in the galaxy have seen the peace promised by the Treaty of Coruscant so thoroughly cast aside as the world of Balmorra. Fiercely independent, this long-time ally of the Republic has led the galaxy in advanced droid and weapons manufacturing. Now Balmorra’s workers live and suffer under a full Imperial occupation force. (from swtor.com)

Belsavis

Republic knowledge of Belsavis predates the Great Hyperspace War, but for centuries, the planet warranted little attention. With the exception of some unusual volcanic activity, the planet was deemed, in all ways, unremarkable. Belsavis was added to the star charts then summarily dismissed as nothing more than another curiosity of the Outer Rim. 

Fifty years ago, while investigating the planet’s tropical rifts that seemed to defy the ice shelves in completely unnatural ways, Republic scientists stumbled upon an ancient prison constructed by the Rakatan Empire. Behind the force fields and ultra-hard metals were the most terrifying prisoners in the galaxy. Republic efforts to explore and secure the dilapidated network of vaults were impeded by ferocious alien species, and nearly unstoppable droids. 

Realizing it was only a matter of time before the vaults and stasis chambers containing the worst of these prisoners failed, the Republic committed a force to maintain the complex, and establish a new Republic prison on Belsavis’ unused surface. In secret Strategic Information Service meetings it was decided that this new prison, dubbed “the Tomb”, was only to be used in cases where execution was impractical or impossible. (from swtor.com)

Cantinas

A cantina was a place where spacers, smugglers, and other denizens of the nearby area came to drink and play pazaak or sabacc. Cantinas were located on almost every major planet and were often a center of criminal activity such as smuggling and spice trading. They were typically located on smuggler-affiliated planets, such as Atzerri, Abregado-Rae, Tatooine or Nal Hutta. (from Wookieepedia)

All of these images are available at much higher resolutions.  E-mail me if you’d like for your multi-monitor setup.

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