Star Wars: The Old Republic

Star Wars: The Old Republic

Platform:

Personal Computers (Microsoft Windows)

Developer:

BioWare

Release Date:

2011

Notes:

Archaeology recurs in Star Wars: The Old Republic, appearing in quest lines, in level design, and in the overarching narrative. Where it is utilized most explicitly, however, is through its use as a mechanic for collecting and crafting. This system encourages players to collect artifacts, break them down into parts, and sell them on the market either directly to other players, or as components in the automated crafting system.

The Archaeology system is described according to the in-game information repository, the Codex:

Archaeology is the study of crystal formations and archaeological finds. Crystal formations contain crystals that an Artificer can use to construct lightsaber modifications and armor for Force users. Archaeological finds contain artifact fragments of Force-imbued technology. These valuable items contain ancient formulas and algorithms used in the crafting skills Artifice and Synthweaving. Archaeologists can send their companions on missions to gather resources.