BioWare and LucasArts announced yesterday that they are developing a new Star Wars MMORPG, set in the universe of Knights Of The Old Republic.
The news is sure to disappoint fans who either don’t play MMO, or were hoping for a third instalment in the insanely popular series, however, the companies apparently have more than a few tricks up their sleeves. “It’s a whole galaxy. It’s a galaxy of Star Wars,” said Ray Muzyka, CEO of BioWare. “It’s going to take your gaming experience to a higher level.” According to the developers, the game will allow players to go from planet to planet, as in the original games, and two factions have been revealed so far. You can choose between The Galactic Republic and the Sith Empire, and each subclass of character will have its own plot to follow – Jedi junkies will be pleased to learn that you can be Force sensitive from early on.
With regards to the game’s story, it won’t be a direct sequel to the Xbox classics. Rather, it will take place 300 years after Knights Of The Old Republic, and the plots will be an integral part of gameplay. A release date hasn’t been announced, and the developers have said that they are focusing on making it an immersive experience, rather than working to deadline.
Here at SciFiNow, we were hoping that the facts would fly in the face of rumour, and a console-based RPG would be released. If the team can make it work over Live or the PlayStation Network, that would be great, but in our opinion it’s still not as exciting an announcement as it could have been, particularly as it seems to have been the worst kept secret in the videogame world. What are your thoughts on this announcement, readers?