Below is the official press release for BioWare's new MMO, Star Wars: The Old Republic that was announced in California today.
As much as I loved the first 2 games, it's really hard to get hyped for this one. First of all, it's a mmorpg, which is almost by definition opposed to what made the first games great. Storyline becomes something that only specially interested people pay any attention to, and thus is more of an after-thought. Permanent game changing consequences are a no-go. Basically, game balance basically dictates everything. Then you get lots and lots of people picking the jedi/sith classes, totally ruining immersions, and of top of that, you have to pay monthly for it. And of course, EA is involved. I just hope they also make the real KOTOR 3, a bioware-quality singleplayer RPG, perhaps with coop.
Totally agree... "adding a brand-new fourth pillar to the equation – story. At the same time, we will still deliver all the fun features and activities that fans have come to expect in a triple-A massively multiplayer online game." WTF, story and MMO? He contradicts himself right there. So far there are very very few MMOs, if any, that delivers in story... guild wars came close (needed better acting) and WOW and others tried to create an epic story but noone cared. Everyone just grinded and raided. Kotor has been known for its epic storylines... and now EA will butcher it into a MMO. I'm very pissed off... there are certain games where you would say to yourself while playing that hmm, I wish I can play online and interact with real people... When I played Kotor, I never once thought that
I dunno. Those shots don't look that impressive to me.
It's impossible to make the story anywhere near as grand and as kotor 1/2 because there are thousands of people doing the same thing. In kotor 1/2 you were one of the most important people in the galaxy which was what made it amazing, it made the story so awesome. In an MMO you are a nobody in a sea of nobodies. This is extremely disappointing, and I wish they'd at least make kotor 3 first. I can only hope they see the fan ourcry and maybe...just maybe come to their senses. And while I love bBioware and wouldn't wish this upon them...maybe the game will just tank and they will have to come to their senses.
After seeing those screens I feel sick...the fact that it's a MMO makes me sick. It's official I’m going to give my hopes up for a REAL KOTOR III.
This is a huge gamble that they are taking. They may grab some hardcore SW and MMO fans looking for something new, but KOTOR fans may not be as willing to take the plunge. I know that for myself, I don't have the time to put hours a day/week/month into one game in order to get the full benefit of it. So paying a monthly fee for such a game doesn't make sense to me. Because Bioware is making it, I'm sure that it could turn out well, but I'm sure that many would have rather had single player sequel instead. Regardless, hope this goes well for them. I'll keep an eye on it, but I'll probably be skipping this game.
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