I was late in joining the Star Wars fan club but, after watching the epic original trilogy, I fell in love with the Star Wars universe.

Bioware, the Jedi-Masters of storytelling in gaming, have revealed a portion of a world that will be featured in the upcoming MMORPG Star Wars: The Old Republic.

Taris, now a post-apocalyptic swamp, was home to a large civilization that was torn asunder by the Sith Lord, Darth Malak, while he attempted to eliminate the Jedi Knight Bastila Shan. In the MMORPG, The Republic is in the process of rebuilding Taris and facilitating colonization of the planet.

The Empire will, of course, be attempting to prevent the Republic achieving such a feat.

“Deep in the dark swampy ruins lies the legacy of a centuries old plague, once confined to Taris’ demolished Undercity. Bands of horrific rakghouls — abominations created by Sith alchemy — ravage the planet’s surface. Each vicious attack carries the chance of transforming the victim into a diseased monstrosity. There are scattered reports that some of these rakghouls are evolving bizarre, freakish powers.”

The anticipation for this MMO gains ground with every piece of information released.

I can’t wait to explore the world and story Bioware has prepared for Star Wars fans. Until its release, we all will have to use these revelations to temporarily quench our thirst for justice… or the dark side.

Are you looking forward to Star Wars: The Old Republic? What do you think of the backstory for planet Taris?

Star Wars: The Old Republic is temporarily scheduled for a Spring 2011 release.

Source: Star Wars: The Old Republic