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10-26-2009 @ 5:58PM
While I agree it won't happen before the end of year, I am not at all convinced that WoW cannot be over taken by an unrelated IP. We have a interesting situation coming up, Bioware, like Blizzard has consistently released awesome games over and over agian. Blizzard's first venture into the MMO market was a massive success obviously. Now we have Bioware, another extremely successful game developer who is taking its first foray into MMO's. I believe if any of the MMO's announced or otherwise have a chance Star Wars: The Old Republic is the only one that could over take WoW. Let's face it we have a company that has delivered the goods time and time agian. Their first Star Wars RPG was fantastic (at least in my opinion) and they have a good knowledge of how a successful RPG should work, granted none of these were MMO's. But i suspect they have the talent and knowledge to make a great MMO, that is already set in a universe most nerds/geeks/gamers/etc know and love. I am also willing to bet Blizzard is trying to release Cataclysm around the time SW:TOR goes live as well.Just my thoughts
10-26-2009 @ 6:53PM
I love bioware and their games. They are easily as good a developer as blizzard. The big difference, and the biggest problem at least from my point of view, is the IP.Blizzard used their own IP and thereby they have complete control over the story and such.BW on the other hand is using Star Wars. Now, i don't know how much control they have over everything, but if you look at SWG, they probably wont be the ones to take the biggest decisions, at least story wise.I also have a hard time playing anything from a publisher such as LucasArts because of the way they tend to rush everything, and go by the old "Release now patch later (Maybe) strategy.If BW does get complete control over the story arcs and such though, i believe that TOR will be one hell of a game and perhaps one to rival WoW.
10-27-2009 @ 12:20AM
The one thing that will keep SW:TOR from being a WoW killer is this: Not all of us are Star Wars junkies, and there's a lot of people like me, who find Star Wars fanbois so annoying, we won't go anywhere near a Star Wars title. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the movies, but the game is going to be crammed with uberfans, and I really want nothing to do with that crowd.It's the same for Star Trek. The shows were enjoyable, the movies fun, but I don't want to be immersed in that world and deal with the Trekkies and Trekkers.WoW works because it's easy lore to get into, there's no pre-existing group of people like the Star Wars and Star Trek camp to deal with (and even tho WoW has grown it's own equivelants, they're not nearly as established or annoying), and the lore and world of WoW is a mix of ALL genres, with in-jokes and campiness and seriousness.SW:TOR is going to be a brutal game for non-fanbois to play - servers will be packed with endless arguments over lore, over who's better, Han or Luke, and massive nerd rage if they don't get every little detail exactly perfect. I just have zero interest in that community, and that community already has far too much invested personally to be open and welcome to newbies.The only fantasy world that could compete with WoW right now and do as well as or overtake WoW is Harry Potter's universe. It has a built-in fan base that is enormous and is international, it's a fairly easy world to enter, and it's got enough humor and seriousness to satisfy everyone - as long as they did'nt make it a day care center for 6-12 year olds. Wow is fairly similar to Harry Potter in many respects, in terms of characters, humor, accessablity to a wide age group, and just enough dark humor and content to keep the hardcore interested.A new IP would have to be that good to compete - and not be based on an insular and very newb hostile crowd like Star Wars, or any of the Nerd Canon titles. Star Wars is a beacon of light for a very specific and small community of people, and the average person on the street has already been exposed to that community and feels uncomfortable joining it - the Star Wars crowd has been the butt of jokes and ridicule for decades now.Besides, the way to beat Wow is to ignore Wow. Who says that anyone needs to beat WoW? There's plenty of people out there who've never played an MMO, and there's plenty of room for a new title to build it's own playerbase without having to steal from WoW. Too many of the games are based on the same tired ideas, and few of them have the right mix to appeal to a broad appeal of people who aren't obsessed with a specific movie or set of books. The next game that comes close to WoW will do what WoW did, and make it's own rules, and carve it's own way in the wilderness, and throw away the rule book.I don't see a whole lot of that in the current crop of publishers. *shrug*. Dunno. We'll see.
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