The SWTOR devs over at BioWare released a new teaser today on the much anticipated Trooper class. What sets this class apart from the other classes is its non-traditional (in terms of typical MMORPG’s) reliance on technology, mainly guns and other heavy weaponry. The Trooper class is a unique addition to a game that will feature a cafeteria of Jedi classes with cool force powers.
So what would prompt a player to roll a Trooper? Well, if you are one of the many who are tired of the traditional wield a sword (or in this case, a lightsaber) or cast magic, this is a great off-shoot of a ranger type class. Troopers make use of a variety of weapons, including blasters, grenades and shields. Plus, Troopers get to wear cool looking heavy armor. If you are worried that Troopers can’t fight in close quarters, relax. As the video demonstrates, Troopers have a myriad gadgets and even a nifty blade attached to their armor.
Similar to the other classes, the Trooper has two paths, the Vanguard and the Commando. According to the video, the Commando appears to be the dps, wielding a nearly mounted beast of a gun, launching grenades and leaving destruction everywhere. The Vanguard is the tank/support role, providing cover and self-sufficient shields, AOE debuffs, and so on.
Overall, the Trooper class is looking like a viable alternative, and rival to the Jedi.