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Old 10-23-2007, 05:40 AM   #1
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BioWare MMORPG confirmed as KOTOR 3?

if this is true .. then WooT

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What we heard: In March 2006, veteran Canadian developer BioWare announced it was opening a satellite studio in Austin, Texas to prep a mysterious massively multiplayer online role-playing game. Within minutes of the announcement, rumors were already flying that the top-secret project was the third installment in the award-winning Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic series.

Such speculation was fueled further by the fact lead designer James Ohlen performed the same duties on the original KOTOR and several senior members of the studio worked on the Star Wars MMORPG Star Wars: Galaxies. Also, right around the time of the BioWare announcement, Star Wars license holder LucasArts confirmed that it was approached by developers about working an all-new Star Wars MMORPG, but declined to elaborate.

However, rumors of a KOTOR MMORPG petered out, thanks to BioWare's successful attempts to keep virtually every detail about the game under wraps. Now though, they are back, thanks to Primotechnology's claims--which are the first to directly cite a source with knowledge of BioWare Austin's inner workings.

"A source close to BioWare confirmed to us today that the studio's upcoming untitled massively-multiplayer online RPG will be centered around the Star Wars universe, specifically that of Knights of the Old Republic, which the developer released in 2003," read the report. Primotechnology went on to point out the popularity of Star Wars: Galaxies--which was released in 2003 and drastically revised in 2005--is waning. "It's estimated that the game now has fewer than 100,000 subscribers and less than 20,000 active players," said the site without sourcing the numbers.

The official story: In a recent interview, BioWare co-CEOs Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk steadfastly refused to comment on their MMORPG's subject matter (although they did say it was already in playable form). LucasArts followed suit. "LucasArts doesn't comment on rumors or speculation," said the PR rep tasked with handling the publisher's MMORPG efforts.

Bogus or not bogus?: Bogus that anything's been officially confirmed. And with only Primotechnology's word to go on, there's not enough for a concrete call either way. One thing is for certain, though: A KOTOR MMORPG would be huge. Besides being the stuff of nerd fantasies, the game would have a good chance of stealing away weary World of Warcraft players by offering both a sci-fi MMORPG alternative and BioWare's impeccable pedigree.

It's also worth noting that when Electronic Arts bought BioWare/Pandemic for $860 million earlier this month, it cited the BioWare MMORPG as one of the three main motivators for the deal. Ironically, such an arrangement could see EA developing a game for sometime-rival LucasArts--which it dwarfs in size--to publish.
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Old 10-23-2007, 05:43 AM   #2
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Star Wars+MMO=Geek central
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Old 10-23-2007, 05:45 AM   #3
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starwars + anything = Geek central .. does not mean it won't be good if done by bioware
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Old 10-23-2007, 05:52 AM   #4
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im sure it will be good but i wont go near it for fear of turning into comic book guy from the simpsons
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Old 10-23-2007, 08:09 AM   #5
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MMO = geek central
Star Wars is just a bonus for them...:p

but why?
We all play games, yet people who play MMORPGs are considered more geekier than us who don't...

meh...
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Old 10-23-2007, 08:21 AM   #6
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Ok there is way too much math in this thread!
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Old 10-23-2007, 09:14 AM   #7
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The only place alot of warcraft players would migrate to would be warhammer, not a new star wars game.
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Old 10-23-2007, 04:39 PM   #8
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MMO is dead, WoW killed it by being good.. yet shit at the same time.
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Old 10-23-2007, 06:29 PM   #9
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MMO is dead, WoW killed it by being good.. yet shit at the same time.
WoW setting the bar low since late 2000.
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Old 10-24-2007, 01:06 AM   #10
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City of Heroes was the last MMO I really got into, it was far more action oriented than past MMO's I played. I can't stand WoW. I'm really looking forward to Age of Conan, since the unique action styled system is one of the driving points to the game, I was rather upset by the delay, but if it makes it better than I'm fine for it. I certainly hope it turns out well. I love Star Wars, even if they ruined what made the first movies great. There are a fair number of Star Wars games I can still enjoy. Rouge Squadron II, Jedi Knight Academy, Knights of the Old Republic, and Force Unleashed looks quite promising. A Star Wars MMO game could be truly fantastic if done right as there is a lot of material to work with, if not, well...we already know how that goes.
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Old 10-24-2007, 01:23 AM   #11
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but why?
We all play games, yet people who play MMORPGs are considered more geekier than us who don't...
probably because MMORPG players dedicate more of their life to play in a virtual world all day long.
some even play multiple MMORPGs...

Millions of Nerds With Multiple Massively Multi-player Online Role-playing Games. Try saying that ten times fast!
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Old 10-24-2007, 01:31 AM   #12
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ugh, this makes me wish I actually liked mmorpgs. I'll of course try it... and I do hope this is the one that hooks me, but so far none has been able to do it for more than a week.
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Old 10-24-2007, 03:42 AM   #13
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The only place alot of warcraft players would migrate to would be warhammer, not a new star wars game.
not a chance .. only place they would go is a starcraft MMO
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Old 10-24-2007, 10:38 AM   #14
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The only place alot of warcraft players would migrate to would be warhammer, not a new star wars game.
Err...i would

I'm waiting for a good Sci-fi MMO since i first played PSO. PSU and RF Online failed miserably. Hope this one is good.
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Old 10-24-2007, 02:53 PM   #15
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I've had my heart broken by a star wars mmo before but I'll keep looking for that special one.
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