Star Wars The Old Republic, or SWTOR, is an MMORPG coming out at the end of 2011 (December 20th, 2011 to be exact). This is the most anticipated MMO release of 2011, and players are really hoping for a game which can actually survive in the overwhelming presence of World of Warcraft. Based on the hype right now, it has a chance to do just that.
As an example, this SWTOR guide is one of the most popular Star Wars The Old Republic sites on the web, and the game is not even out yet. It has a lot of tips you can use to start being a better player, such as what the classes do and tips for dominating in PvP.
One thing you can learn right now is the unusual class system in SWTOR. If you have played Rift, it seems to be a bit like that in terms of the amount of variety players will have access to. There are 4 classes for each faction, and each of those classes has two “advanced” classes. This makes for a total of 16 classes. Each of these advanced classes also has 3 talent trees available to it – 2 unique trees and 1 shared tree (shared amongst advanced classes which derive from the same basic class).
A lot of these advanced specializations actually have different talent trees which allow the class to have different functions. An example of this is the Trooper. The Trooper can become a Commando or a Vanguard. The Commando can become a healer (Combat Medic) or a ranged DPS class (Gunnery). On the other hand, the Vanguard can become a tank (Shield Specialist) or a melee DPS class (Tactics). This means that the Trooper can actually play four different roles: healer, tank, melee DPS, or Ranged DPS. Most of the classes in SWTOR are like this, allowing you to play basically anything in the game with just 1 class.
Despite this, there are supposed to be a lot of incentives in-game for players to level up several classes. As an example of this, there is something called the Legacy System. This is where players are allowed to get rewards for hitting the level cap and starting a new character. One proposed mechanism for this is unique races which can only be unlocked after you reach the level cap, as well as items you can hand down between players on your account which change as you level up.
These are all options for Star Wars The Old Republic, so I recommend you keep an eye on the SWTOR guide I mentioned earlier as it is sure to have the inside scoop on all that type of information.