Originally posted by GrumpyJester
This is going to be a "modern" MMO, like the popular World of Warcraft. This is not going to be a sandbox MMO, like the old Star Wars Galaxies. You will follow the quest lines, have zones that are meant for specific levels, do a lot of soloing, have a crafting system that's no more than a nice extra, have only combat classes, etc.
It's true. The only thing SW:ToR shares with SWG is the setting. The games will be nothing alike. If you have not played WoW yet, do so now, and you might be able to enjoy SW:ToR when it is released. I do hope we have a nice community with many SW fans, but if you don't get SWG out of your system you will be disappointed.
Put down your imaginary crystal ball, everyone knows that SWTOR won't be a sandbox, but everything else is speculation from this point on. I believe the game will work and play a lot like Mass Effect more than KOTOR 1/2, Mass Effect doesn't have the turn based queue system and is faster paced with some better interface (weapons & powers wheel) but basically have the same looting and crafting and skills choices as KOTOR 1/2.
Bottom line, we know it won't be a sandbox.