It offers "alternative gameplay" says the studio, from the primary storytelling and questing. We can visit galactic "hot spots" to "evoke" Star Wars.
"Space combat is an alternative gameplay experience to the primary game of storytelling, questing, and ground-based combat," developer Sean Dahlberg.
"In space combat, you fly your personal ship to various “hot spots” on your galaxy map. From there, you will blast your way through asteroid fields, enemy fighters, frigates, destroyers, and a variety of other obstacles that will evoke memories of some of the great Star Wars™ space battles." PC Gamer's will have more.
Player ships were recently unveiled by BioWare and they will play the role of a 'safe house' in Star Wars: The Old Republic, and let you travel between worlds. See the trailer clip below for what Republic and Sith citizens can expect to fly as their 'bucket of bolts'.
Star Wars: The Old Republic releases exclusively on PC in early 2011.