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EA to Take Star Wars: The Old Republic Global

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EA landed the global publishing rights to Star Wars: The Old Republic.

Electronic Arts (EA) and Lucasfilm Ltd. announced on Thursday a new global publishing agreement for BioWare's highly-anticipated MMOG, Star Wars: The Old Republic. EA said that all publishing, marketing and distribution responsibilities will be shifted over to the company, reportedly centralized for efficiency.

"There's not going to be any obvious change for gamers," said BioWare co-founder Dr. Ray Muzyka during an EA Games showcase event in San Francisco. "It makes things easier for us to have everything under one roof, and that will eventually benefit players." Customer service was offered as an example.

So what role will Lucasfilm (LucasArts) play? According to EA, Lucasfilm will continue serving as a key partner, collaborating on design and marketing, and as a licensor of the property. This means George Lucas and Co. will continue to stay hands-on with the project to ensure that the final experience is 100-percent Star Wars in content and overall tone.

When launched, players will explore "an age thousands of years before the rise of Darth Vader when war between the Old Republic and the Sith Empire divides the galaxy." As indicated, the game will have two factions with four classes each: Trooper, Smuggler, Jedi Knight, and Jedi Consular for the Galactic Republic and Bounty Hunter, Sith Warrior, Imperial Agent, and Sith Inquisitor for the Sith Empire.

Currently Star Wars: The Old Republic is still slated for a Q1/Q2 2011 release. We're hoping sooner than later.

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    blarneypete , November 13, 2010 12:27 AM
    Yeah, yeah. I still want KOTOR3.
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    TeKEffect , November 13, 2010 3:00 AM
    who cares whos marketing it..... whos making it is what counts. EA keep your fingers out of production and time tables and let them make a good game. You just focus on the billboards
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    everix , November 13, 2010 12:08 AM
    Man, I cannot wait for this game!
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    meluvcookies , November 13, 2010 12:17 AM
    Hooray for EA, Kiss of Death for SW:TOR?
  • 18 Hide
    blarneypete , November 13, 2010 12:27 AM
    Yeah, yeah. I still want KOTOR3.
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    fspikec , November 13, 2010 12:29 AM
    Great, after seeing the videos, I was starting to already be disappointed in the game. Now, I have a completely valid reason to not buy it.
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    Parsian , November 13, 2010 12:51 AM
    EA will ruin it.
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    TeKEffect , November 13, 2010 3:00 AM
    who cares whos marketing it..... whos making it is what counts. EA keep your fingers out of production and time tables and let them make a good game. You just focus on the billboards
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    EXT64 , November 13, 2010 3:26 AM
    I'd say Lucas having any control over the game is more dangerous than EA. (Jar Jar, anyone?)
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    False_Dmitry_II , November 13, 2010 3:28 AM
    blarneypeteYeah, yeah. I still want KOTOR3.


    Indeed, I likely won't even try to play this.
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    fspikec , November 13, 2010 3:37 AM
    False_Dmitry_IIIndeed, I likely won't even try to play this.


    I'll take Jar Jar over a game released 6 months ahead of original release date which ends up killing the game cause it wasn't ready. Yeah, I'm talking about Hellgate: London.
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    dEAne , November 13, 2010 4:37 AM
    Very cool - I can wait for that.
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    littlec , November 13, 2010 6:21 AM
    Yeah I'm going to hold out for kotor3 I'm not an MMO fan anyways. Although if I was I'd be all over this like butter on bread.
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    Vilekon , November 13, 2010 7:29 AM
    tekeffectwho cares whos marketing it..... whos making it is what counts. EA keep your fingers out of production and time tables and let them make a good game. You just focus on the billboards


    The problem is that EA prefers to push devs to make a game that's simple so that the mass market will eat it up. It's EA's history of buying out devs and milking them.

    Simple maybe be fun for a little while but ends up killing the game in the long run.
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    Moop69 , November 13, 2010 11:33 AM
    meluvcookiesHooray for EA, Kiss of Death for SW:TOR?

    I totally agree...look what EA did to Warhammer
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    nrgx , November 13, 2010 12:33 PM
    Guess I won't be buying this game after all. I will never buy another game from EA unless they change their horrible policies. For example, the last time I checked there is no way to get tech support from an actual person unless I give a bunch of personal information to EA games. EA games, you don't need to know how old I am to support the game I paid good money to play, and if I pirated the game I wouldn't even need tech support. Once again anti-piracy measures screw over legitimate paying customers and rewards the pirates.
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    p3t3or , November 13, 2010 3:41 PM
    I lost interest in this game about a year ago because it is taking forever to come out. It is already out dated. Guild Wars 2 here I come.
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    False_Dmitry_II , November 13, 2010 4:39 PM
    Wow, is disliking MMO's in general unpopular around here?

    I thought there would be more oldschool people here.

    Whateves, I'mma go fire up Baldur's Gate Trilogy...
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    fspikec , November 13, 2010 6:04 PM
    They are here, and it's not hating on MMO's. It's hating on EA's practices with MMOs. EA has ruined several MMO's over the past few years and shows no signs of stopping. I will not buy any EA game. Period.
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    skyline100 , November 14, 2010 9:51 AM
    look at the picture,where is the shadows of the 2 men?
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    ozwyn , November 14, 2010 11:13 AM
    The problem is MMO's live or die in the first 3 months, and really in the first month of launch. EA has historically had a bad habit of pushing developers into releasing MMO's that do not have the right mix of content, server stability and relatively low bug count. The sooner rather than later line of the author is the great mistake EA makes. Sooner is not better than later. A clean release, even if the graphics are dated, is far superior and allows for long term success. Blizzard has NEVER had a graphically "current" release for any fo their games. The graphics is perpetually dated, but the games tend to be less buggy, more stable, and usually better than average on content. That's also why in spite fo incredibly long development times, they get the return on investment. MMO's are a business where quality of release in terms of stability, content and bug count is far more important than graphics, and much more important than getting the product released quickly. If they have any sense at all, they will invest the time to get it right, because there are numerous failed MMO's already in the market, and we don't need another.
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    Parrdacc , November 15, 2010 11:52 AM
    False_Dmitry_IIWow, is disliking MMO's in general unpopular around here?I thought there would be more oldschool people here.Whateves, I'mma go fire up Baldur's Gate Trilogy...


    Well, there are too many people who, if it takes more than a year for a game to come out, just go on to the next greatest latest thing. The rest has most have said is EA. Please EA for once keep you grubby little hands off of it. I mean are you guy's just out to ruin every MMO or what?
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