To help mark the 30th anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back, StarWars.com, LucastArts, and BioWare reveal the latest in planets for the The Old Republic MMO. What better planet to reveal for this than Hoth? That’s right Empire fans, the block of ice we all know and love will be revisited in the MMO. But don’t expect this Hoth to look like the Hoth you know and love so dearly. It turns out Hoth was a site of a huge military defeat, and the technology is scattered across Hoth, enticing treasure hunters and the like.
LucasArts and BioWare could not have picked a better day to unveil the ice world of Hoth as a setting in The Old Republic; today is the the 30th anniversary of its big-screen cinematic debut in The Empire Strikes Back. Don’t expect to see Rebels hunkering down on Echo Base, however. This is not Hoth as it appears in the classic trilogy, however. This is Hoth deep in the ancient past of the Old Republic, thousands of years before Episode V.
One of the most remote and lifeless planets in the known galaxy, Hoth was of no real interest to the Republic until it became the site of a devastating military defeat. At the height of the Great War, Republic and Imperial fleets clashed in the Hoth system in a decisive battle which saw the destruction of some of the most advanced and powerful starships in the galaxy.
In the aftermath of the battle, the icy planet of Hoth became a massive starship graveyard, littered with the wreckage of hundreds of warships from both sides, including several prototype ships the Republic had deployed in the hope of turning the tide of the war. As the war raged on, though, neither the Republic nor the Empire had the time and resources to mount a recovery operation.
Upon learning of the wealth of technology abandoned on Hoth, an ambitious pirate confederation started their own salvage operation. They brought an army of droids and mercenaries and began looting all useful remnants from the wreckage in an effort to piece together their own battle cruisers and create a pirate armada.
In the wake of the Treaty of Coruscant, however, both Republic and Empire have returned to reclaim what’s left of their war machines, and Hoth has become a point of considerable contention. Despite the peace and the planet’s remote location, skirmishes have broken out often, and now both superpowers have become entrenched — committed to fighting for Hoth until the cold, bitter end.
So if you thought Hoth didn’t have much going for it before; LOOK OUT! Suddenly Hoth and Tatooine have a little more in common!