To further whet appetites for upcoming MMO Star Wars: The Old Republic, BioWare have added a new function to their HoloNet which allows you to explore the Galaxy Map. You’re able to investigate the five major sections of the Known Galaxy, expand your lore knowledge with profiles of the planets, and perhaps best of all view interactive models of the player starships. To do so, you’ll need to download the Unity Web Player (link available on the Galaxy Map page), after which you’ll be able to explore the SWTOR galaxy in 3D. The map really gives you a sense of scale in regards to how large the Star Wars setting is, and how few planets in the galaxy are actually able to support colonization.

I’ve just spent half an hour messing about with the starships and examining planets, and as of writing there seem to be some issues with viewing the embedded videos for each planet, which will hopefully be sorted out soon. Nevertheless, it’s worth a look!