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Posted: Mar 11th 2010 10:13AM Barinthos said

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SWTOR is also one of the most anticipated MMOs for me. Still waiting for any hint of beta invites going out.

This plus FF XIV is just driving me nuts.

Posted: Mar 11th 2010 1:19PM (Unverified) said

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In BioWare I Trust

Seriously, BioWare has NEVER made a game that flopped and it won't start with SW:TOR!

I'm not a fanboy but just look at BioWare's last two releases - Dragon Age and Mass Effect 2... HUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGE hits!
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Posted: Mar 11th 2010 10:26AM (Unverified) said

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Yeah i know what you mean Barinthos. I'm waiting for both as well.

Regardless of how much money they spend its not going to live up to all the hype and expectations. It might be the best game ever made but it still wont live up to what a lot of people are hoping it to be. I'm TRYING to keep my expectations low so i can give it a fair shot lol.

Posted: Mar 11th 2010 10:36AM (Unverified) said

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SWTOR hopefully will live up to the hype. As long as Lucas, for good or bad, and Bioware keep EA from meddling with the development and not allow them to force it out the door before it is ready..... we shall see. Fingers crossed.....

Posted: Mar 11th 2010 11:49AM postman said

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Honestly I am more worried about Lucas that I am about EA. Lucas Arts is funny in a way that they get blinded by dollars, hence 3 crappy star wars movies in the last decade, and the NGE in SWG
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Posted: Mar 11th 2010 12:55PM karnisov said

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@postman: very true.
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Posted: Mar 11th 2010 10:42AM TheJackman said

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People that say this will fail and will not live up to the hype forget that this is bioware and that there already 2 single player games playing in the same settings that are still one of the best star wars games ever release.

I think Bioware is one of the only 3 PC game developers in the world that can pull of a mmo that put WoW to shame! Only at the speed Bioware does bring out games now they may be able to beat WoW on content and feed the content hungry speed leveling player. With a ton of endgame content!

And people that say that this game and WoW will not cut in there subs like its a Sci-fi game are wrong check how much people that did play Mass Effect 2 also did play Dragon Age!

Posted: Mar 11th 2010 10:48AM (Unverified) said

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I hope SWTOR is everything it claims it will be and more. I hope it blows other MMOs out of the water with it's scale and depth. That said, the last "big" MMO EA was involved with isn't doing so hot, so I sincerely hope they keep their noses out of Bioware's business and let them work their magic.

Posted: Mar 11th 2010 10:54AM (Unverified) said

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Just be grateful it's not Activision (Bobby 'Satan' Kotik) that Bioware are involved with.. :-o
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Posted: Mar 11th 2010 11:07AM (Unverified) said

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True. EA did royally screw Mythic over on Warhammer, though, which was another game I had high-hopes for.
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Posted: Mar 11th 2010 10:48AM (Unverified) said

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Speaking of maintenance costs..
I saw this on the 'Hungry Beast' show last night:

"The daily cost to run the twenty thousand computer servers used to run the online game, World of Warcraft, with it's eleven and a half million players worldwide: $153,143.00."

Source video: http://hungrybeast.abc.net.au/media/follow-money-epsiode-15

Posted: Mar 11th 2010 11:16AM Randomessa said

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Yeah, that's why I think all the MMO sub supporters' talk about how $15/mo per user is omgnecessary to keep a game running (even a good one with loads of content) is a big load of hooey. Most of that money is pure green paper profit.
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Posted: Mar 11th 2010 10:49AM (Unverified) said

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Should be a good game so long as Lucas stay far, far away and lets Bioware handle it.

Posted: Mar 11th 2010 10:50AM Stormwaltz said

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Didn't Star Wars Galaxies cost SOE over $90 million to ship?

Hey, I think I see a trend here!

Posted: Mar 11th 2010 12:02PM willflynne said

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Will it fail? Probably not. Can it live up to the hype being generated by both BioWare AND BioWare fans? I highly doubt it.

If people were keeping their expectations reasonable, I'd be more inclined to believe they could meet those expectations. But too many people are both buying into and generating hype about the game for me to believe it will live up to what some are expecting, and when those people are disappointed the e-rage is likely to be pretty intense. There's just been too many people seeming to want to declare the game to be the next big thing simply because of BioWare's involvement, conveniently forgetting that both LA and EA are involved (two companies who don't exactly have sparkling development reputations themselves).

BioWare is good at single player games, but they've got a lot to prove before the same can be said about making MMOs. All they seem to want to talk about is story, and anything else MMO-related seems to get the usual throwaway comment of "It'll have all the features of an MMO."

Posted: Mar 11th 2010 12:18PM Seare said

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will, Bioware earned its reputation. Their reputation is what is building so much hype. Mass Effect 2 not only lived up to the hype, it exceeded it IMHO. Mass Effect 2, Mass Effect, KOTOR and Jade Empire (I know not everyone like JE) are my 4 most favorite games of all time.

Now I just got an XBox, so all those were PC versions.

On a funny note, I just bought Halo 3 for the Xbox and I'm having a heck of a time aiming with the Xbox controller. I'm use to a keyboard and mouse.

Oh and before anyone says that TOR is being developed by the Austin studios, keep in mind that everyone in Austin had to go through the same rigerous hiring process that Bioware's other studio went through. The man who wrote KOTOR and many very good SW books is also working on TOR along with others who worked KOTOR. So saying Austin is unproven doesn't hold water. Bioware is Bioware.
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Posted: Mar 11th 2010 1:04PM karnisov said

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i think it depends on what you're looking for. if you are becoming apathetic about "mmo" gameplay due to mechanics being recycled into infinity, then a more story focused experience with less emphasis on mechanics could be great. i know i'm certainly looking forward to the story.
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Posted: Mar 11th 2010 12:09PM (Unverified) said

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Hopefully EA can figure out how to run stable servers by then, because their Battlefield BC 2 server stability is a complete and utter disaster.

With cloud computing technology, there is no excuse for the server performance of EA in BF BC 2...

Posted: Mar 11th 2010 12:17PM MrGutts said

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Well, one thing is for sure.

This game will release in the spring next year because EA made a statement about projected earnings for next year. This being it and if they miss that quarter, guess what happens to EA stock? Wall Street is not forgiving with companies for missing things like that.

Posted: Mar 11th 2010 12:26PM EdmundDante said

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It's good to see a company willing to actually take the risks needed to be a success, instead of releasing early and exploiting the player base.


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