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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: not sure...
By Reclaimer77 on 10/22/2008 5:57:51 PM , Rating: 2
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WoW is a game about gear collection and beating a raid boss. There's no real story that people care about.


I'm not big into the WoW storyline, but the people I know who played Warcraft 1-3 in a big way TOTALLY care about the story. Its an online game and must be treated as such. The Story is important, but in FFXI the game moves painfully slow. You spend days of your life talking to every NPC on the PLANET to get an answer to a question. FF makes the game move slower because, frankly, they don't have the game content to justify a faster pace. I heard FFXI doesn't even give you Xp for doing missions and quests. Apparently the point of the game is beating on the same crabs for hours rather than actually grouping up, having fun, and doing new EXPERIENCES. Isn't that what " XP " should be ?

Plus I don't see how you got off making those remarks about Blizzard when FF is run by SE !! Horrible customer service, bad/outdated servers, and bad coding. Customer service reps don't work on the weekends.. wtf. Good lord, they took SIX MONTHS to get Chocobo raising coded. Wth ? People were asking for RACING for 4 years.

If you want " epic " stories play Baulders gate or Diablo. I'm not paying $15 a month for a story, I'm paying to have fun and to advance my character. FFXI is the BIGGEST time sink in the MMO world. That might make you feel more involved in the epic story, but in reality they are just keeping you too busy for you to realize you're wasting your time when you COULD be having fun.


RE: not sure...
By The0ne on 10/23/2008 1:07:39 AM , Rating: 2
FFXI is a game base off of FF games using some of the familiar setups. Things are not given to the player so easily. Yes, you do have to actually do some problem solving to get quests and missions done. What's changed is the expectation of many players that just want things given to them easily. This is a game that requires cooperation and until the recent changes you really couldn't solo past level 10. That's how the game is, it isn't like WoW. Making a comparison is meaningless. What's important is whether or not you like/dislike the system being implemented. I wouldn't going about posting more comments from what you've "heard" until you give it a try. Most players don't even last to level 20 with the FFXI system. Teamwork apparently isn't their cup of tea.

quote:
Apparently the point of the game is beating on the same crabs for hours rather than actually grouping up, having fun, and doing new EXPERIENCES. Isn't that what " XP " should be ?


And your point being? It seems you lack the understanding or experience of FFXI or rather MMOs in general to be making such statements.

If you read my comments, I said companies that make good games, not companies that have great support services. However, you are correct in that FFXI's services are terrible. And what did I say about Blizzard negatively? I don't think I did at all. You disagree that SE and Blizzard don't make good games?

Fun is subjective. You're fun does not include paying attention to the story whatsoever. Other peoples fun are, and others are to just socialize without doing much. To criticize a game you lack understanding or even care to enjoy for in the first place is ludicrous. MMO's are time sinks, to single out one and claim another isn't is just too funny.


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