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Posted: Jan 13th 2011 2:44PM SFGamer69 said

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@Thasri

And if they dont, then what? Will there be a mass exodus of potential customers? nope. I have done the PR thing, and I can tell you, for a product like this, the consequences of not revealing enough (in the consumers eyes) is not going to cost them customers. A crappy game will, but not the supposed "lack" of info.
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Posted: Jan 13th 2011 5:14PM Thasri said

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@SFGamer69

I never said there was going to be a mass exodus, I didn't even hint to it. I'm just making an observation, they have been saying the last few interviews that it will be soon that we well know some thing or at lest answers to some of the big questions so I'm just guessing that it'll be very soon.
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Posted: Jan 14th 2011 1:24PM Myopic Aardvark said

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@SiML Hey Mum!
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Posted: Jan 14th 2011 1:30PM (Unverified) said

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@SiML

Damn, you really ARE a suckup..............lol.......
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Posted: Jan 17th 2011 7:46AM Dar Edan said

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@Thasri

Know someone in the closed beta, and they are saying 2012 is most likely. Bioware is still open to major changes in systems at this point. That's why there is not so much crunch out there.
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Posted: Jan 13th 2011 2:58PM (Unverified) said

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Why would they open the official forums THREE YEARS PRIOR TO LAUNCH?

And yes, after its released, it will have been at least three years, if not longer.....

Can you say OVERKILL/OVERHYPE boys and girls?

Good!

Theres no way BIO can live up to its own PREMADE OVERYPED launch....

Posted: Jan 13th 2011 3:37PM SiML said

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@(Unverified)

I'm sorry you feel so angry about the build-up in background lore, bio-information, dev-videos, timeline videos and conribution of fan's ideas via the forums (some of which will make it in-game) - personally I have thoroughly enjoyed contributing to the forums and the steady flow of information the Sw:ToR forums have treated us to.
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Posted: Jan 14th 2011 1:29PM (Unverified) said

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@SiML

Fanboi Alert...Quit sucking up to BIO ffs......
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Posted: Jan 13th 2011 3:42PM deadborder said

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What bothers me the most is that, for all the massive hype, we still have a dire shortage of info on the "crunchy bits" of TOR. Things like stats, how combat works, resources in combat (ie Mana, Stamina, Energy or whatever you want to call it), class mechanics - those sorts of things. They're waving aorund to show off "look at this cool thing we did", which is nice, but yet we're still short on anything of genuine substance.

Posted: Jan 13th 2011 5:20PM darthinfamous said

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@deadborder I'm not sure if you've checked other sites besides the official one but there have been dissections from conventions and videos that tell us exactly what the stats are, what each one does, how combat works, what resource each class uses, and lots of debate about class mechanics.
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Posted: Jan 13th 2011 5:00PM pcgneurotic said

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If this isn't the most heavily over-egged pudding in the history of everything ever, I'll eat my hat.

Posted: Jan 13th 2011 5:26PM real65rcncom said

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I don't blame them one bit.

I'd keep it out as long as I could before the bean counters at EA said "Get this ^*(&&^ out the mother !&*^*&^* door right now!"

Screw people who are whining about "when is it coming out, waaaaaaah?"

Those same people who are crying now about that will later be the ones who say "Hey, this is broken and stuff.. derp! Why did you release a buggy game?"

EA.. take your damn sweet time. If you do it right, people will come play it no matter when you release it. But if you do it wrong.. well, look at WAR and FFXIV.

Posted: Jan 13th 2011 7:13PM Graill440 said

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A concern with any business is evolving tech and the tastes of what was at the time was the snapshot of a said demographic, when it was done, that changes. Companies find that the length of the project costs them potential customers due to changing tastes or different mindsets as "people" grow up, move around, or use different products. What was valid 3 years ago wont be valid today and peoples wants or needs will have changed.

As for tech, what was a great idea is old news and people are tired of it and once a longtime developed product is finally released people look around confused as to why a company uses "something old" in a new product, a nasty fact that MMO developers deal with.

A certain developer told me one time that giving updates daily or even weekly was unneeded, that the majority of people on the forums wouldnt understand what they would put out and they simply didnt need to know. I countered that the content isnt the point, the simple act of communication is what potential customers want, they disagreed.

The mindset of developers is such that they will do what they want, how they want and release what they want. Your concerns are at the very bottom of a huge list and when they feel like it they feed bits of info to a CM to quiet down the folks on the boards when the protests become to great. A constant stream of information is not in their budget or their concerns.

Posted: Jan 17th 2011 7:58AM Dar Edan said

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@Graill440 Your developer friend is right, especially if you look at the way a typical project plan works. Once you start communicating on a topic, you have to be able to sustain that conversation. It's not that the fanbase's concerns are at the bottom of the list, but that some of those conversations require the systems to be nearing final state. Marketing cannot jump ahead of developers.

Now you could argue that they started the rest of the hype machine too early, and they shouldn't have even announced the game until later in the process. But who knows what happened during their development cycle, they could have intended to be releasing much sooner, and are now stuck with an overanxious community.
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Posted: Jan 13th 2011 7:39PM Jade Effect said

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Bioware had been making games that are consistently well-received since the mid-late 90s. I think they know what they are doing.

Posted: Jan 13th 2011 11:59PM stamps79 said

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Bioware you take your sweet time with this baby. This is a huge step for them stepping out into the MMO world. Take as much time as you need, and if EA or LucasArts pushes you at all, you can tell them to shove it.

I would like a HD remake of Jade Empire though (big ole wish) =)


P.S. If George L. comes by the studio to see how the game is, tell him no!

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