Yes, I am a SWG vet. If any of you were on Chilastra, I was Ashtara, the one and only female lizard in the entire world -- which made it kind of interesting over all. I loved the game, and at this point, I think SOE is never getting a penny more of my gaming dollars, although I did go play EQII for a while, and give them various other chances. The rootkit was the last straw, I think.
But I love Bioware and I love Star Wars -- so, why wouldn't I have a pre-order in? I was in the weekend betas. I've been registered on the web site for years. I shopped for guilds ages ago. I've followed the news on the game since announcement.
I haven't put in a pre-order. First, I think the launch is going to be bad. The stress tests on the servers were pretty godawful. I don't care if I'm at level cap fast -- I'm not a PvPer primarily. I suspect I might be heading for a PvE/RP server, which could still involve some PvP, but I can wait and catch up as things settle down.
Also as is noted in or Coyote's hilarious article of this date, there's going to be a crapton of n00bs in this game, and I want them to get put through the crucible by others. I have enough "get off my lawn" stimulous as an older gamer living in a college town. I don't need a new game with a bunch of untried fresh meat to teach manners. I don't mind the ones that need help, it's the ones that are beyond help.
Finally, my suspicion is, I'll pay $20 less for the game a month after launch, and that will be nice. I'll be busy with real life over the holidays. Hey, I have a life these days. Wait what?
Good luck, Bioware, it's your first MMO launch. First one. That's going to be a ride through hell, just by itself -- and your numbers say, it's the biggest MMO launch ever. You have a high potential to make Funcom look really good for a change.
| Great IP
Great RP communities in little pockets
KOTOR fans will be in heaven
Good mix of solo/grouping/PvP selectable IMO
| Over hyped
Bioware is not an MMO company
EA is not SOE but they still suck
No download service in the world can handle the Origin orders
Queues and starter zones