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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: They could save a lot of time...
By Reclaimer77 on 10/22/2008 1:56:13 PM , Rating: 2
For what ? Vanguard or Perfect World ? Lmao please.

They have killed the game for the hardcore players, and made it entirely for the social players. Using things such as the 'recruit a friend', it's possible to level a character from 1 to 70 in less than a week by playing 8 hours a day (yay for 4x XP), meaning that even a 'casual' player could easily get to level 70 in no time.

I wouldn't actually classify spending 8 hours a DAY as " casual ". I don't even work 8 hours a day every day.

Your heavily biased. Just because YOU were in the top 2% pre BC doesn't mean the game was fine. The game before Burning Crusade, frankly, sucked. 40 man raids ? Huge timesink and honestly not accessible to most players.

You don't think Blizzard sat down, crunched numbers, and noticed that the MASSIVE majority of their players weren't even seeing most of the end game content ? In a game where you pay 15$ a month, thats a huge problem.

So basically you can cater to the " hardcore ", or you can make a game where you can still be " hardcore " but the MAJORITY can actually enjoy the game as well. I think you are living in a fantasy world if the former is going to retain more subscribers than the latter.

I see many people leaving WoW for

Lots of people leave WoW. But they'll be back. They always come back. I don't know anyone who has " quit " that didn't show back up a few weeks, or months, later.

By FITCamaro on 10/22/2008 2:26:00 PM , Rating: 3
My best friend has been WoW free for over a year. Thank god.

By WTFiSJuiCE on 10/22/2008 4:17:11 PM , Rating: 2
And you think that the majority of players are seeing the endgame content now that BC is here? Its still based on raids for gear and endgame, there's been no change except now you have arena gear and a higher lvl cap....2 words, "woo...hoo..."

RE: They could save a lot of time...
By rdeegvainl on 10/22/2008 10:58:52 PM , Rating: 2
For what ? Vanguard or Perfect World ? Lmao please.

When you leave a game, you don't have to pick up a different one. Besides, there has been alot of people coming to vanguard lately. ;)

RE: They could save a lot of time...
By InvertMe on 10/23/2008 2:24:01 PM , Rating: 2
by rdeegvainl on October 22, 2008 at 10:58 PM

Besides, there has been alot of people coming to vanguard lately. ;)

lol are you sure about that? I played Vanguard through most of the beta and for about 2 months after release. I couldn't take the bugs and continual nerfing of the game any longer.

I tried again about a year later and it was in the exact same boat as when I left it and only getting worse!

While I would be thrilled to see things improving for Vanguard I just can't see it happening. Horrible management coupled with a shoe string budget don't tend to make good products.

RE: They could save a lot of time...
By Reclaimer77 on 10/23/2008 5:57:04 PM , Rating: 2
Vanguard is already dead. It just doesn't know it yet.

By rdeegvainl on 10/24/2008 3:24:08 AM , Rating: 2
LOL, maybe to you, but they say the same about EQ, and that is still going.

By rdeegvainl on 10/24/2008 3:23:17 AM , Rating: 2
hmm. well since I've played since release... I know all about the issues it has had, and yeah, it is having a lot of people come as of late. They just had a massive update, and introduced the 14 day trial. It is having quite the positive effect on population levels. Many people who used to play are liking what they see, and are resubscribing, and alot of new blood too. It's not what it was at release, a buggy, slow game. And while it may not be your cup of tea, others quite enjoy it.

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