BioWare has published a developer blog on the subject of the Sith Inquisitor in the upcoming MMO Star Wars: The Old Republic.
BioWare team member Rebecca Harwick speaks of the Inquisitor as the Emperor Palpatine to the Sith Warrior’s Darth Vader. She’s quick to point out, however, that there’s much more to it than that. Developers took inspiration from all six Star Wars films and The Clone Wars cartoons, mixing in Sith characters like the Count Dooku, Darth Maul and Asajj Ventress.
“Having multiple Sith classes allows us to embrace all of those Sith inspirations, instead of having one Sith class that was the jack-of-all-trades and the master of none.”
Both BioWare and LucasArts are big on story too, so it’s not surprising that there’s another reason behind having two Sith classes in the game.
“With two Sith classes, we have the opportunity to explore the Sith order from two very different perspectives, to develop a more complete picture of the Sith Empire at the time our game is set, and to present strikingly different character arcs and choices.”
It’s also revealed that Sith Warriors and Inquisitors have very different backgrounds. Warriors come from privileged families and have been taught from birth to lead, Inquisitors start the game as a slave and, due to their force abilities, are given the option to become a Sith or die.
Find out more about the two classes at the official SW:TOR.