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  (Source: kotaku.com)

  (Source: kotaku.com)
Bioware and LucasArts team up to release a new Star Wars MMO

LucasArts and BioWare officially announced the development of a new massively multiplayer online pc game called Star Wars: The Old Republic. The game will be story-driven and set during the timeframe of past hit Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. Star Wars: The Old Republic, is being developed and published by BioWare and LucasArts.

Star Wars: The Old Republic, is set thousands of years before Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker, when war between the Old Republic and the Sith Empire raged. Players can choose to play as Jedi, Sith, or a variety of other classic Star Wars roles. Similar to other MMOs, players will be able to define their personal story and decide whether to follow the light or dark side of the Force. Players will be able to choose to team up with friends to battle enemies and overcome huge challenges as a group.

LucasArts president Darrell Rodriguez’s discussed how their goal was to return to the Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic franchise stating, “Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is the most critically acclaimed Star Wars game in LucasArts history and a preeminent example of our company’s interactive storytelling heritage, For a long time, we’ve long wanted to return to the franchise in a grand way, and we felt that the best setting for it was an online world that would allow millions of people to participate in the experience together. We knew that the developer capable of working with us to deliver an engrossing story with a fully-realized online world was BioWare."

The game will explore a time frame 300 years after the events of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic.  This area of Star Wars chronology has been relatively unexplored when compared to the Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker era.

According to Dr. Ray Muzyka, Co-Founder and General Manager/CEO of BioWare, storytelling will help to differentiate this MMO from the rest.  He states, "In Star Wars: The Old Republic, we’re fusing BioWare’s heritage of critically-acclaimed storytelling with the amazing pedigree of Lucasfilm and LucasArts”

Similar to Muzyka, Dr. Greg Zeschuk, Co-Founder and Vice President Development Operations of BioWare discussed how this MMO will emphasize innovative story and character development, saying, “BioWare has been able to add to the Star Wars history in developing the game’s story and has created an overarching narrative that players can enjoy, regardless of their play style. Our goal is to offer players an emotionally rewarding experience that combines the traditional elements of MMO gameplay with innovations in story and character development."

Additional details for Star Wars: The Old Republic such as features, gameplay and release date will be announced at a later time.



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RE: I have a bad feeling about this..
By Wererat on 10/22/2008 12:37:06 PM , Rating: 2
That's the key challenge IMO in a Star Wars MMO. The whole mythos is centered around the Sith and Jedi.

Sure, there are other interesting characters, but at the center of every plotline whether it's KOTOR or the original movie are the Jedi, the Sith, and lightsabres.

So it's only natural for people to want to be the focus of the plot and not a side-story. Even properly-tuned classes such that a smuggler or whatever is equally as powerful as a jedi don't change this.

Opening classes through achievement is a tempting but flawed option; it only guarantees that the most irritating, exploitative (in the sense of using others, not in the sense of abusing game flaws), and selfish get to play the 'elite' classes, or else the bar is set so low that every player achieves it anyway but is irritated at having to 'grind' (aka not have fun). For some reason players expect their free time spent on games to be fun.

(In snarky moments, I think an achievement-unlocking system would be perfect for Sith, as the behaviors seen among the 'achiever' MMO gamers fit nicely into the Sith code...)


By WTFiSJuiCE on 10/22/2008 4:09:35 PM , Rating: 2
Funny, I see the image of an "achiever MMO gamer" as playing an HK assassin droid coupled w/ the voicebox of a 12-year old.


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