For months now, thousands of people have been speculating and arguing about the names of the eight classes in SWTOR. Not since the debates about the identity of the “5th Cylon” in Battlestar Galactica has it felt like this. The message boards have been bathed in flame on a semi-permanent basis as titles like “Mandalorian” “Engineer” “Noble” and “Droid” were all tossed into the ring of possible classes. The hottest debate has centered on one question. Will there be one Jedi class and one Sith class? Or will there be two for each side, making the total force-users out to be four? Would Bioware make an mmo where four out of eight classes held lightsabers?
On some podcasts, like ToroCast, they felt completely certain that they knew that there were only two force users total. On my podcast, my co-hosts and I felt so certain that there were four force-users that we often talked about them without providing a disclaimer that their existence was unconfirmed.
But now, the last of the classes are confirmed, and the two-vs-four debate can finally die.
It’s hard to explain how large this revelation feels after months of reading the TOR forums daily. In June, I blogged here about the possibility of four force users, and then I did again in August . By October, I could no longer see evidence for or against… it was like a religion. I just had unwavering belief in the existence of a Jedi “healer” class.
It’s been so long that I’ve been arguing with people about the existence of four force users that I’ve actually forgotten whether I wanted there to be four or not. Even earlier today, there was debates about the screenshots being faked and the interview with DarthHater being a hoax. But I think it is over now. The debate about the existence of the Jedi Consular and Sith Inquisitor is dead. Now, it’s time to debate every other aspect of them until the game is released.