A few weeks ago we reported on how the cinematic trailer of Star Wars: The Old Republic had been released at E3 2009 – I think from just seeing that it’s clear that Bioware really understands Star Wars and what us fans really want see in a massively multiplayer online (MMO) game set in the Star Wars universe.
In this interview two of the guys from Bioware talk with Gamespot about the history of this game so far, how they’re approaching it and why it will be different from the other MMO games currently on the market – every character in the game will be fully-voiced to help create the many stories and involvement that your character will have in the Old Republic – no more reading what characters are saying and having stories that only last as long as a short quest as you might expect in a game like World of Warcraft.
You’ll be visiting some of the planets you’re familiar with from the movies and previous games, but also they’ll be some entirely new ones too. Obviously everyone will want to be a Jedi or Sith, but it will be interesting to see what other player classes get released, so far we have details of Trooper, Smuggler and Bounty Hunter classes with another five to disclosed, these should be interesting to see what other options we have.
Overall, this is looking like a really interesting game, which seems to be focussing more on story and character development rather than the usual grind that you find with MMO games – it’s certainly an tempting prospect, especially given the storytelling that Bioware has already shown they are capable of with their Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic single player RPG games.
Ever since Star Wars: The Old Republic was announced, I’ve been really starting to look forward to seeing more of this game and actually getting to play it. What do you think so far to Star Wars: The Old Republic from what you’ve seen? Are you excited to see a (better) more story driven Star Wars MMO game?