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SW:TOR "Will More Than Compete" With WoW

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The Star Wars: The Old Republic team has gotten so confident that it believes the MMOG will more than compete with Blizzard's World of Warcraft.

Speaking in regards to the upcoming MMOG Star Wars: The Old Republic, BioWare co-founder Ray Muzyka told CVG during E3 2011 that the team is currently focusing on security, stability, saleability and retention as they head towards the game's Q3/Q4 2011 launch.

"These are some of the basic pillars we're building the game around, and our testing program really reaffirms to us that we're hitting all those goals, so we have a very carefully planned milestone series and we're tracking really well," he said.

Muzyka admitted that the team was getting more and more confident as they progress towards the gold master. "The results from consumer testing are incredible, a fantastic response - really high net promoter scores, extremely high desire to subscribe from the player base, and in fact it increases over time," he added. "The higher the level they get in the game, the more they want to play and the more they want to tell their friends."

And while BioWare is banking on the "tens of tens of millions" of Star Wars fans to flock to its MMOG as eager customers, the team has enough confidence in the final product to predict that it will "more than" compete with Blizzard's long-standing MMORPG mammoth, World of Warcraft.

"World of Warcraft has helped to grow the audience for us and as a seven year MMO now, we're launching some really innovative differentiating features that I think we'll have an opportunity to capitalize on," he said. "I have tremendous respect for the folks at Blizzard, but I think we're building a product that will more than compete."

Ouch. Only you could be so bold, Lord BioWare. The Blizzard will not sit still for this.

Strangely enough, Blizzard wants the Star Wars-themed MMOG to be successful. Why? Because it may bring in subscribers (Star Wars fanboys) who may not have played an MMOG in the past. "This is a game that has an opportunity to grow the MMO market if done right and therefore is very important to the industry as a whole, not just EA," said Blizzard co-founder and executive vice president Frank Pierce.

"[Star Wars] is certainly a strong franchise and BioWare’s a great developer," Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime added. "We’ve talked about this internally and from our perspective we hope they make an enjoyable game because they’re going to bring in a lot of new players to the MMO genre, and those players’ idea of whether or not they like this type of game is going to be determined by that experience."

Here that BioWare? Let's not have another Star Wars Galaxies. May the Force be with you. Always.

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    the_krasno , June 10, 2011 1:30 AM
    It's Star Wars, it's Bioware. I don't know if it can "more" than compete, but it will certainly compete and be a successful game.
    It might even sway me to subscription based games, after all this time...
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    the_krasno , June 10, 2011 1:30 AM
    It's Star Wars, it's Bioware. I don't know if it can "more" than compete, but it will certainly compete and be a successful game.
    It might even sway me to subscription based games, after all this time...
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    Rubberbband , June 10, 2011 1:41 AM
    Hear that or here that? lol Great closing sentence btw.
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    Mastervivi10 , June 10, 2011 1:42 AM
    I Don't know man, Many have been the past tittles that have attempted to be the next Wow-killer, and look at them now!.

    But I'll play SW as long as i can be a wooky!
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    dalethepcman , June 10, 2011 2:00 AM
    I am really hoping EA doesn't pull a bait and switch and throw some ridiculous client side DRM onto this game as well as screw up something great.
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    Anonymous , June 10, 2011 3:20 AM
    In beta, it will compete, not kill but compete
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    elcentral , June 10, 2011 3:29 AM
    im not sure why but i dont like future mmorpgs i need swords and arrows and i dont like wow at all, altho i did like playing city of heroes
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    doesericsleep , June 10, 2011 3:31 AM
    SWG was awesome... for a while.
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    skykaptain , June 10, 2011 3:37 AM
    elcentralim not sure why but i dont like future mmorpgs i need swords and arrows and i dont like wow at all, altho i did like playing city of heroes


    lol, I'm the opposite. Give me laser-burning starships or give me death! I'm soo pumped for TOR. (And Dust514, orbital strikes FTW ;-))
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    alextheblue , June 10, 2011 4:11 AM
    dalethepcmanI am really hoping EA doesn't pull a bait and switch and throw some ridiculous client side DRM onto this game as well as screw up something great.
    It's a subscription-based MMO. They don't need that level of DRM. If you're a paying customer with a valid account, you're good to go.
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    webbwbb , June 10, 2011 6:19 AM
    DoesericsleepSWG was awesome... for a while.


    Aye. Have you been following http://swgemu.com at all? I was pretty involved with the project for awhile but resigned because of school.
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    Benihana , June 10, 2011 8:46 AM
    That's cool and all comparing it to a 7 year old MMORPG. Question is, will it still be able to "more than compete" with Blizzard's new MMO IP?
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    amk-aka-Phantom , June 10, 2011 9:47 AM
    Drop silly SW TOR... focus on ME3! :D 
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    Anonymous , June 10, 2011 1:55 PM
    I will never play a game that is subscription based. Monthly fees are stupid. Why should I have to pay for game then also keep paying to play ?
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    kastraelie , June 10, 2011 2:14 PM
    I don't know if anyone is a bigger fan of KOTOR and ME than me, but Bioware's attitude throughout the development of this MMO has been shockingly poor. It's humorous that they start out mocking WoW (Funcom?), then arrogantly making claims about their game in relationship to WoW, and now throwing out lines like "we respect Blizz...but."

    Blizzard on the otherhand, with nothing to prove, has been quite polite.

    I hope TOR is as good as we were promised and deserves the arrogance surrounded by it's executive producers.
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    Hope Slayer , June 10, 2011 2:15 PM
    Roscoe95I will never play a game that is subscription based. Monthly fees are stupid. Why should I have to pay for game then also keep paying to play ?


    Considering you get updates and a support staff might have something to do with it.
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    azureskys , June 10, 2011 2:46 PM
    elcentralim not sure why but i dont like future mmorpgs i need swords and arrows and i dont like wow at all, altho i did like playing city of heroes


    Have you played Mount & Blade: Warband? There's a multiplayer mod called cRPG which is sort of a mmorpg and the best sword, cavalry, and archery game I've ever played. It's got a bit of a steep learning curve, though. I wish it would grow to have the single player system in a multiplayer world, which cRPG is sort of getting at.
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    grieve , June 10, 2011 3:06 PM
    DoesericsleepSWG was awesome... for a while.

    Yah about 1 month... when i sold my maxed out account.

    SWG had MEGA potential
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    AnUnusedUsername , June 10, 2011 3:11 PM
    @Hope Slayer - Thats the case for every single non-subscription based game too. You're basically just paying to use their servers, since you usually have to pay for major updates/expansions anyway. Sure, you don't have to pay to use the companies servers in other games, but thats just mmos for you.

    I've probably said this before, but people need to stop copying everquest and make an original MMO for once. There's so much potential in the KOTOR universe, and they just throw it all away so they can make another everquest reskin like WoW. I guess it sells, but that doesn't mean something else wouldn't. There are a lot of people out there like myself that like the massively multiplayer aspect but don't want to play everquest.

    Maybe it's technical limitations or something forcing every single mmo to use the same basic system...
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    grieve , June 10, 2011 3:17 PM
    I have come to the conclusion that your first MMORPG which you invest time into will be your favorite.

    It didn’t matter to me how awesome WoW was, it couldn’t compete with my first true love Asherson’s Call, where I first discovered everyone was in the same game (mmorpg). I am certain this is true for all the ever quest boys as well… they will always have deep feelings for EQ. I am not saying WoW isn’t better, I am saying WoW wasn’t first.

    I have tried a lot of MMORPG to find that one that would replace my original addiction but they all come short. Frankly I don’t think it is possible anymore… your first MMORPG has something that no other will ever have. Originality to you… I certainly don’t believe that Asheron’s Call was the best MMORPG ever, but because it was my first where I learned what MMORPG meant it will always be the best to me.

    Now in my old age (36) I have all but given up on MMORPG… After trying about 20 my standard routine is set in stone. I play for a month get bored and begin building a bot which I run till im banned. WoW I managed to run a bot for 1year 24/7, I made a few bucks there :) 
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    zak_mckraken , June 10, 2011 3:42 PM
    Dammit, I just got off WoW!
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