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Yes, Bioware had already made some somewhat confirmed leaks via slipped comments on an up coming KotOR MMO in 05 or 06. This game has been in development in heavily guarded secrecy for somewhere around three or four years now, and was only officially announced a few months ago.
The game is not announced early by any means, as they have plenty of content and things to show us, and they are doing so at a slow, paced rate, which I would expect from any game developer.
I roleplay. It is why I play MMORPG's. For the fact I can openly roleplay with other like minded individuals from halfway across the world. With PnP games you need to find those around who you enjoy your hobby, and when in a small town that's more concerned with pretending to be a thug, that's damn hard.
Roleplaying is as much a waste of time as grinding for the next level is, but do you enjoy wasting that time? That's what truly matters. MMO's were born on the roleplaying belief, with Ultima Online, and open ended game driven by player choices. WoW took it and slapped shackles on it, set you in a hich chair, gave you a bib, and spoonfed everything to you in a monotonous, linear way.
And if you really wanna get technical, you are roleplaying whether you like it or not. You are ploaying in the role of a human warrior or elven thief, even if you don't act out their personality, you are in essence, playing a role. Roleplaying IS pretending, but it's not JUST pretending. It's acting out the role of your character in some defined way you come up with, interacting with the world around you beyond the mundane clicking.
And I disagree about someone saying EVE has little roleplaying capability, it by far, has one of the larger roleplaying communities out there. It's strong, deep, mature, AND it's not tied to a story, as we are the story. EVE's story progesses with our help, not the other way around. EVE being a sandbox actually opens the possibilities of roleplay, unlike WoW, which coddles you and holds your hand.
And as the poll suggests, roleplaying seems extremely popular, and even though you may think it a waste of time, we are enjoying wasting it. Just as you are playing games.
No, not decent end game. It needs to have decent game period. Start, middle, AND end. The End game shoudl NOT be the end all be all of deciding on the quality of a game. Period. And we know SOME stuff about this game. We are not in the dark.
We know they are concentrating on it being heavily Story driven with heavy player choices and consequences. We know that we will have companions that we can interact with via communications, and our actions dictating their reactions. We know that this game will have more content than ALL their previous games combined, and if anyone has played just one or two games, will know that is s a CRAPLOAD of content. We know they plan on having other classes beyond Jedi/Sith, and that Jedi/Sith are NOT restricted to just their respective faction. We know there is to be a heavy emphasis on PvP.
This game will last longer than a few months, mainly for four VERY important and obvious reasons.
1: Bioware/Pandemic is an established company with award winning, fan favorite games under their belt, and have proven time and again their game making and story telling capabilities.
2: Star Wars is an extremely strong IP with a MASSIVE fanbase and following, almost guaranteeing that player interest will be high, and the playerbase large.
3: EA is the publisher. They are one of the Big Three and have large sums of cash with probably the largest advertising system there is in the gaming industry. They are also backed by VERY successful games. And so far, they have kept a relative Hands-off attitude towards Bioware/Pandemic projects, which is a plus.
4: Lucas Arts has a massive amount of money with a strong vision and a strong, well loved, and classic IP. They have many games under their license that have proven to be wonderful, quality games.
I will give TOR the benifit of a doubt it will be successful for those four main reasons. I'm not saying you should too, but the facts that i've presented are obvious to EVERYONE and cannot, thus far, be denied. I still reserve some skepticism, mainly because I have a few minor complaints on thir art direction, BUT as WoW and AoC prove, art direction means crap.
Just stay excited, keep the doom and gloom and messiah prophecies locked in the closet, and just hope for the best. That's all anyone can do, as a fan of MMO's, Bioware, and Star Wars.
Or trye Second Life, if you are old enough. No need to collect resources and all that. You just use the built in 3D architect system they have, and you can make anything from weapons, to armor, to cars, houses, animals, or whatever.
It's a lot of fun, more rewarding, AND you can make a little extra REAL cash off it.