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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: not sure...
By The0ne on 10/23/2008 1:56:12 AM , Rating: 2
Most of you, if not all, seem to think I favor FFXI over any other MMOs. I've played Connan, LOTR, WoW and countless others. My preference for FFXI is because of the game mechanics and the storyline. The same goes for WoW too but I just don't have the time to go through all the quests.

What started off as an opinion on the Star War game turned into a fanboy argument of one game to another. This isn't me and although I've talked about FFXI quite often in this post, it's mainly to point out flaws others comments...purely from lacking of understanding or in-experience of a game they haven't really taken the time to enjoy. I would definitely not be making comments about games I haven't play base off of what I "heard" or read in reviews. People have different tast for different types of MMO. We should all be grateful there's still competition coming out in the genre.

Truth is even though I don't think BioWare and Lucas can pull this off successfully I will eventually try it. I'm also a star wars fan and I enjoy the storyline a lot. I'm a avid reader. But most certainly, some of you here are so single minded and one-sided it's impossible to have a meaningful discussion at all. But hey, that's what forums are for I guess :)

RE: not sure...
By FITCamaro on 10/23/2008 6:12:22 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah I've played many MMOs released since 2002. LoTRO wasn't bad just me and my friends lost interest. I left Conan not too long ago for the same reason but also a good game (cmon...fatalities rule). SWG and WoW I left because they weren't fun. FFXI I left due to a lack of time. Guild Wars again left because of loss of interest. EVE:Online was awesome but I stupidly left to go play SWG and didn't want to start over (since there's no way to catch up in that game).

RE: not sure...
By Reclaimer77 on 10/23/2008 8:51:01 PM , Rating: 2
Eve online is just horrible. Horrible.

Its fun until you realize skill training is a static rate. Meaning , as you stated, its impossible to compete with people who have been playing longer.

Aside from that, its an MMO with one server. Which is pretty telling of how popular the game is. When I played the trial, the server was performing very poorly as well. Some zones were lagtastic, others would disconnect you.

Autofire lockon weapons and double click only ship controls made for a VERY dull and detached piloting experience IMO.

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