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12-23-2011 @ 6:38PM
LucasArts will net about 35% after EA recoups their costs.http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2011-11-30-lucasarts-to-take-around-35-percent-of-old-republic-revenue-reportIt's not a bad deal. Of course, it won't be anywhere close to WoW numbers until they pull off some miracles. But they should enjoy a nice profit, especially since EA will get to cover costs with 100% of profit before they split the pie.
12-23-2011 @ 7:26PM
If they did actually make a deal where the Lucas cut comes in AFTER return on investment, that is an incredible deal. I was actually thinking more in line with 'huge up-front amount regardless of profitability, along with a sizable chunk of subscriptions'
12-23-2011 @ 10:34PM
@EyhkYeah, I can't remember any links off the top of my head, but I do remember reading in several places where it was reported that, thanks to some contractual magic, LucasArts gets 0 money until Bioware recoups their investment costs on making the game.So LucasArts is taking a huge gamble, just as huge as Bioware if not bigger, in this venture. Until Bioware breaks even on SW:TOR, LucasArts sees 0 money.If SW:TOR flops, LucasArts sees 0 profit from the game. Though I highly doubt SW:TOR will flop. I was in the Beta for TOR, and I also played SWG. SWG sucked majorly compared to TOR, and look how long SWG limped along.In the end, I don't think SW:TOR will be WoW-killer, mainly because it's a totally different game (different genre, different playstyle, different themes and storylines, etc.) than WoW. But I do see TOR having the potential to be a major player in the MMO scene. And it is because of this potential that I see Bioware making a ton of money off of this license agreement, even after LucasArts takes their cut.
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