As a high-profile MMO, Star Wars: The Old Republic
is proving itself to be a big target for attack
, the German game developer that's working on Battlestar Galactica Online
, stepped up to take a swing at the as-of-yet-unreleased title.
At the London Games Conference
, Bigpoint CEO Heiko Hubertz
made the bold prediction that The Old Republic
will never see a profit: "If you look at
Star Wars from EA and BioWare, they estimated a development budget of over $100 million. This is an online game for many million of subscribers, so the publisher does not understand that a subscription model is not the future. With microtransactions maybe I see the game having a chance but I don't think that EA or BioWare will ever be profitable with this game."
has yet to release a definite pricing plan for TOR
, although it is widely believed it will be subscription-based. Earlier this year
, Dr. Ray Muzyka
said that there will be "more of the traditional business model with maybe some twists as well."