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Why Star Wars: The Old Republic is better than another KOTOR

Your class does not decide your destiny.

“There’s a difference between morality and faction. You were born into the Empire or the Republic - the Light and Dark Sides of the Force are completely separate. All the people in one faction are not good and all the people in the other faction are not bad.

We had to humanize the Sith Empire.  We went back to the really old LucasArts games, where going to the Dark Side was like, ‘Dark greetings! It’s a good day for evil!’ There was no way that was going to work, because there has never been an evil empire in the history of the world. There have been evil regimes and there have been terrible governments that have done terrible things, but there were a ton of good people struggling against those from within.

So we’re going to put you on Korriban and train you to be a Sith. We’re going to tell you what you stand for as a Sith. Then you’re going to go out into the world and you have to decide whether you believe that. Will you do the right thing? There’s always that grey.”

The choices you make are final.

“You are going to make choices that change the entire direction of your story - just like in you did in every other BioWare game. What’s the huge difference? Now, you’re 60 hours into this huge RPG, there’s this big, big decision and, being a BioWare player, you look for the save key. And you realize there is no save key.  You’re going to make this decision and that decision is going to stand. Just like real life. You can’t take it back. You can’t say, ‘Oh did I kill you? Sorry, reboot.’ No. You’ve made your decision and the consequences are real.”

Star Wars: The Old Republic won’t waste your time.

“BioWare writers attend three months of training because we have the most important job. For the person that’s writing the Sith class story, I’ll write up on the board, “And then Darth Vader...” and I’ll fill in the plot he or she’s pitched to me: “... saves a farmer’s tractor.” I point at it, we all laugh at him and that doesn’t go into our game. You will never walk into a cantina, poke some random stranger and see if she’ll give you odd jobs for cash.  You will never get stopped on the street by someone that’s lost his cat.

If you look at the difference between even Knights of the Old Republic and Mass Effect – the difference in the level of quest importance and contextualization – it was huge. The bar, the threshold of what was allowed as a quest in those games, was pushed. On this one, we kept pushing it. I tell my writers to imagine the first response the player’s going to have. They’ve been tapped on the shoulder and they say ‘I’m about to go save the world - what?’ And if what you’re about to say isn’t important enough to talk about, shut up.”

Oct 30, 2008

32 comments

  • shtbag01 - November 11, 2008 8:55 p.m.

    i think this star wars game is going to kick ass i love mmos i play wow and gw all the time and now i have old republic to look forward to i cant wait for this 1
  • secondshooter - November 2, 2008 3:02 p.m.

    Cool. I'm beginning to be convinced. I just hope that you don't have to pay to play.
  • Sebastian16 - November 2, 2008 5:12 a.m.

    When this official announcement came out, I looked for it with the extremely high hopes of it dispelling the 'KOTOR MMO' rumor...This news really, really, really disapointed. First off, why is it set so far in the future? I want to know what happened with Revan, the Exile and a of the other characters from KOTORs 1 and 2, while this may explain it, it's not what I was looking for. Another thing, I personally hate MMOs. I played WoW for about a year, got sick of it, tried some others, and they're all the same; I despise them. Maybe, just maybe, if this was an MMO set right after KOTOR 2's events, I would be interested (But then again, I'd be paying a monthly fee, another detail that makes me want to sucker-punch the Bioware developers). And while the person they interviewed knew what he was talking about, and made it sound semi-appealing, I'm not changing my stance - This is probably the biggest gaming let-down I've had in a very long time.
  • SpikeDelight - October 31, 2008 5:59 a.m.

    I've been looking to get into an MMO but every time I tried out WoW or anything else there was something missing. Apparently this game is going to be that MMO for me. I love Star Wars and I love Bioware and I love what they're doing with this game. This will be so worth putting all that time in because not only are you playing a fun game but you're immersed in a universe that is actually recognizable and means something to you (or at least to me). The Star Wars universe is way more interesting and has a richer history than Azeroth imo but that's just me. Anyway, I'm so excited for this game!
  • jacob_kreed - October 31, 2008 5:37 a.m.

    KOTOR was and is still best Star Wars out there. MMO's Extra Cost, Online, No Life, Lag... BIOWARE will hopefully bring out a offline game afterwards
  • Icehearted - October 31, 2008 2:10 a.m.

    A multilayer Old Republic sounds like it could have some potential, but then the MMO community is usually immature, selfish, unfriendly, racist, sexist, elitist, etc. Do I really want a pay a monthly fee to grind away for hours on boring tasks (it is a staple of the genre, like it *HA* or not)? Do I really want my Old Republic experience, the fun I may or may not have, the play, everything to be decided at the whim of 12-17 year olds looking to "pwn" me for "epic lulz"? I've played quite a few MMO games, and I remember them all the same way; miserable, boring grindfests full of immature, nasty, poorly governed players. Every time I've quit playing one I've been happier for doing so. KOTOR 3 would have been more welcome. This transparent attempt to milk my wallet by tapping into the cash cow that Blizzard has flourished in is a huge turn off.
  • Gowsy - October 30, 2008 10:56 p.m.

    I love the link to the gif, it summed up my feelings instantly, good job!
  • DarthSereno21 - October 30, 2008 10:47 p.m.

    Sounds cool. I'll get it if comes out on 360.
  • LordRevan111 - October 30, 2008 10:16 p.m.

    I agree with Prospero, I loved the KOTOR games, and if it's 300 years later. . . how does that same story continue?
  • benjitenji - October 30, 2008 9:38 p.m.

    looks a bit like fun, but not much till i know if itl be a AMMO (action massive multiplayer online game, such as one where it takes skill to win, not just click to attack and thats it) or a regular click to attack mmo,if its AMMO i think itl be cool, but if its not, BOOOO!
  • Prospero - October 30, 2008 8:17 p.m.

    eh..I guess. Individually, im still not convinced. I just dont play MMOs. I know they can be fun but im just not interested in them. I even bought guild wars, and havent played it since the first day. Im hoping this game could perhaps steer my interests in MMOs because im in love with KOTOR, but i just dont know...
  • LordRevan111 - November 12, 2008 10:38 p.m.

    Yeah, i'm hopin that maybe later there'll be a KOTOR 3. . . Probably not though
  • Octaviux - November 8, 2008 8:29 a.m.

    Looking forward to this, was so let down by SWG after following it for over 2 years before it launched
  • idunno - November 2, 2008 8:11 p.m.

    I kinda want to know exactly what happened to Revan. The first Fable and KOTOR were the games that got me into RPGs and so I've become attatched to Revan. 300 years in the furture all we know is that Revan disappeared because of these Sith.
  • zerog69 - November 1, 2008 4:44 a.m.

    I am the biggest fan of KOTAR and of Bioware. I absolutely loved the first two KOTAR's and I loved Mass Effect enough to buy the books before the game came out to get the story pre-game action. With all that said, I have to say that making the KOTAR games into an MMO is by far the biggest let down of my year. I just knew that EA would not leave my Bioware alone. Sure they have all the money to back anything but Bioware was already doing it right....WHY mess with something that is already so Golden? I've got to agree with Icehearted on this one. WHY? WHY? WHY?
  • LordRevan111 - November 1, 2008 12:58 a.m.

    Yeah, i'm now even MORE pissed off about no KOTOR 3 Damn you boiware
  • BoondockSaint54 - October 31, 2008 6:47 p.m.

    I was really looking forward to this but I don't think I'm going to get to play it since it's on PC only. I was hoping it'd at least be released on the 360.
  • gaseoussnake - October 31, 2008 3:16 p.m.

    This makes me smile
  • jar-head - October 31, 2008 3:11 p.m.

    i used to play swg, hence the title Jarhead, cause i was what, second in command of an entire servers spy's? cause i was the luckiest sob on it? this looks like a bold bold move by bioware, but hey, servers through most mmog's are being "upgraded" atleast bioware isnt "shutting" down the servers, like most of everyone feared. this looks bold, but smart.
  • Z-man427 - October 31, 2008 6:45 a.m.

    looks good, but like Mass Effect, probably won;t be a game for me interesting side not, about a game where choices affect the out come... my Capcha Code is "moral seldom"

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