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Should SWTOR be transitioned to Consoles?

A little more than a week ago, the company behind Star Wars: the Old Republic, BioWare, got around to making what seemed like a major announcement at the EA Gamescom Press Conference. Indeed, those who attended the conference could rightfully hope for something huge to be announced, like the porting of SWTOR to consoles…a console version of the 2-year of MMO…Alas, those who had their hopes up would be inevitably disappointed, as the announcement so carefully hyped and set up turned out to be nothing more than one concerning Galactic Strongholds, and it ended up delivering no relevant new information at all.

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Godmars290640d ago

I think the MMO engine should be retooled for single player titles for both PCs and consoles, but then that's just me.

guitarded77640d ago

That would be cool. But I also thing the MMO could do well on consoles. FFXIV is awesome on PS4.

Alexander1Nevermind639d ago

It would be excellent but they have to let PC and Console play together. It would freshen up the community. And its not like it hasn't been done b4 (see FFXIV).

nX639d ago

I played SWTOR when it first came out (I should've known it goes F2P someday -.-) and I would not play it again. I'd rather wish they focus on something new, I would be even ok with a sequel.

Consoldtobots639d ago (Edited 639d ago )

slippery slope IMO, what sets consoles apart is their ability to filter and deliver top flight experiences. Let PC be the dumping ground for every lame gameplay idea that comes down the pike and only those who have proven value should make it to consoles. My kid stopped playing SWTOR after 2 weeks.

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awi5951639d ago (Edited 639d ago )

They dont need consoles they are pulling in 150 to 211 million dollars a year with their crazy free to play model so console isnt needed.

G20WLY639d ago (Edited 639d ago )

Getting money isn't always about 'need', sometimes it's about 'want'.

They probably want to drive their business forward, keeping the fat cats fat and generating momentum, more revenue for the funding of future projects.

I think this is a good way for them to achieve that, now the consoles are capable of doing this game justice.

OpieWinston639d ago

@G20WLY
They don't WANT to abandon their PC community
They don't WANT another port to have to update
They don't WANT SWTOR to die.
They don't WANT to have to spend resources refocusing a heavy portion of the game engine...It's not designed for consoles.

CorndogBurglar639d ago

Call of Duty games aren't needed every year either, but they keep getting made.

Business isn't about only earning what you need.

Chrischi1988639d ago

That doesnt change the fact, that a game like SWTOR is not playable with a controller only. You have so many Skills you have to be able to use at any time, do you take to long, you die. Chatting would be a pain in the ass. MMOs are just not meant for consoles.

Chrischi1988639d ago

You all can disagree all you want, but tell me, how you would choose a skill, during a fight, from over 40 skills, if you cannot take longer than like 2 secs to use it or you die. You could do that on the Wii U, with the gamepad, but have fun with the other crap controlls. It is just not really playable that way^^

They would need to change the whole system to make it work, just like they did with Diablo3, it has nothing to do anymore with the skill system of Diablo2 for example.

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Volkama639d ago

Don't really understand that. The game runs the Hero engine, with some modifications from Bioware. It is not a particularly impressive engine. Why would you want them to retool it?

They will do better work in Frostbyte (or Unreal Engine 4 if they are not tied into EA's engine).

Panthers639d ago

I love SWTOR, but that engine they used should never be retooled or used again. It should be hurled straight into the sun. Its a terrible engine. Even powerful PCs had a hard time running this game on normal settings and it regularly felt jittery and laggy.

3-4-5639d ago

Will it be free though, as in NO subscription ?

Volkama639d ago

It isn't a real thing at this point so can't answer that for sure. But the PC version is "free", and I imagine the console version would be "free" too. But as free to play models go, it has just about everything I hate.

You can subscribe if you want for some perks and a monthly allowence of cash shop currency, but that is optional.

Archage is "free" too. They were selling pre-order founders packs on Steam for £114 the other day.

Godmars290639d ago (Edited 639d ago )

Talking about a full single player title like prior entries.

And didn't this start off as subscription based, but went free because no one was paying/playing for it?

Volkama639d ago

@Godmars yes it started off as a subscription game. It went free because free games make more money (which is kinda funny when you think about it).

Magicite639d ago

I think all successful MMO games should come to consoles as well.

Christopher639d ago

Would require K&M support first.

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gamerguru111640d ago

Yes it should, having SWTOR on consoles would be awesome, they should do a next gen. only version with better graphics though

SilentNegotiator640d ago

I would prefer a KOTOR game, and think that would go over a LOT better than an MMO on consoles.

ForgivenZombie639d ago

I was going to say the same thing, fans have been waiting for a new KOTOR for a long, long time. Listen for once BioWare.

Aloren639d ago

Swtor is basically kotor 3 though, you should try it.

LightDiego639d ago

Exactly, imagine KOTOR 1 and 2 remade for this generation, how i miss these games, way better than any mmorpg, in my opinion.

Consoldtobots639d ago

MMOs are like a comedy telethon, tons of content that bores the crap outta ya.

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megatron00733640d ago

Exactly, Video Game in next generation console will be awesome.

ShaqSoda640d ago

No. Just wait for Battlefront 3.

CorndogBurglar639d ago

Yeah, because Battlefront and The Old Republic are basically the same game, right?

WeAreLegion640d ago

You can if you want, but I doubt it will do that well. It's nowhere near as great as it should have been.

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