The first role-playing game based in the Star Wars universe finds players controlling a three-party team from a third-person perspective. The setting takes place 4,000 years before the first Star Wars film, where the Jedi and Sith number in the thousands and are involved in a war that could upset the balance of the Force. Players choose from a variety of races before they begin, including humans, droids, Wookiees, and Twil'leks, with classes in Bounty Hunter, Scoundrel, Jedi Guardian, Scout, and Soldier.
The journey will span ten worlds as players ultimately decide on a path of good or evil, from the confines of the Jedi Academy on Dantooine to the forests of Kashyyyk, the Sith realm of Korriban, and the desert planet of Tatooine. BioWare moves away from the interface used in the Baldur's Gate series to create a new turn-based combat system using the 3D engine. Mini-games include riding on a swoop bike, battling from behind a gun turret, and other events that offer players a diversion from the main storyline.