Before Old Republic, BioWare wanted to do a Marvel Comics MMO with Spider-Man

Bioware wanted to do an MMO for Marvel Comics? Or Lord of the Rings, or Game of Thrones? That’s what Kotaku gleamed from a piece on Star Wars: The Old Republic in the Los Angeles Times.

Does the thought of swinging through NYC with Spider-Man, or patrolling the North Wall with Eddard Stark, make us wish Lucas hadn’t handed over the Star Wars license? Of course not, then we wouldn’t have a superb piece of work like TOR showing the prequels how to write a back story. Still, think of the adventures RPG gods like Bioware could have sent us on in those dense pop-culture worlds. Making our own mutant, becoming one of Tolkien’s Elves, Hobbits, or Orcs, it’s enough to make your imagination explode.

Besides the hints at what could have been, the LA Times piece is a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at perhaps the most expensive production in the history of video games. Apparently EA has a plane chartered for shuttling employees from Bioware’s Austin headquarters to EA’s main office in California. Wonder how many parsecs that takes?


  • farsided - January 23, 2012 7:58 a.m.

    Thank god they stuck to a tired, milked-to-death franchise, rather than ruin one with actual potential!
  • 435 - January 22, 2012 12:52 a.m.

    Glad they went to Star Wars. Though, if they'd made DCUO instead, I know they'd give me Lobo, and I would have driven to Austin to hump the BioWare building.
  • ObliqueZombie - January 21, 2012 10:01 p.m.

    Ah well, I couldn't ask for more. There's hardly a universe I enjoy more than Star Wars, and the amount of content BioWare added topped off with the amount of love they dished out, I couldn't be more impressed. That, and I hang on every NPC's word, awaiting what rich piece of well-voiced dialogue they'll give me next. This MMO is gonna be horrible for me with this year of amazing games coming out. However, a Marvel MMO sounds interesting, as does a LOTR one. I'm a bigger Star Wars fan than either of them combined, but I'd definitely give each a shot. P.s.: I'm sorry, The Darkness II and Kingdoms of Amalur, I shall play you when I can.
  • Evanesco - January 21, 2012 9:09 p.m.

    TOR style LOTRO MMO? My sweet lord, yes. Please give this to the masses.
  • D0CCON - January 21, 2012 1:56 p.m.

    Would there be a side mission involving Dr. Connors turning into the Lizard again?
  • jackthemenace - January 21, 2012 4:13 a.m.

    Well, there's been that Marvel MMO announced recently, hasn't there? I don't remember who BY, but... Yeah. Still, Bioware seems to be better at the space stuff, at least, comparing Mass Effect to Dragon Age. But the Marvel MMO had better get made by SOMEONE.
  • spideralex90 - January 21, 2012 1:22 a.m.

    This game needs to be made.
  • jasoncarter - January 20, 2012 9:28 p.m.

    It's too bad old republic is bland as heck. I should have just tried it on my brother's account before buying it, oh well. But besides that, I had to actually borrow my brother's physical copy and install it because I decided to get it digitally and downloading the game is virtually impossible because of a downloaded bug they still havn't fixed. So much for digital superiority this time.
  • RedHarlow - January 20, 2012 6:55 p.m.

    Marvel is the poorman's DC.
  • xerroz - January 20, 2012 11:12 p.m.

    Let me guess. Batman fan? Yeah Im starting to think hes a little too overrated. Both have great heroes
  • spideralex90 - January 21, 2012 1:21 a.m.

    Shut your mouth!
  • UberNoob - January 21, 2012 2:33 p.m.

    Spiderman would like to have a word with you.
  • Spartan11794 - January 20, 2012 6:10 p.m.

    Game of Thrones would have been amazing, Star Wars is better, but GoT would be soo cool

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