Gamers (and game executives) are fond of comparing Star Wars: The Old Republic
to World of Warcraft
. Forums are rife both with discussions on how TOR
will (or will not) dethrone the reigning MMO subscription champ and with arguments regarding similar game mechanics.
One thing I haven't seen mentioned is a prediction on whether or not SWTOR
will succeed in the Asian market. We know, for example, that a huge portion of WoW's
12 million users came from the Far East, and sales suggest that Eastern gaming audiences are very different from their Western counterparts (see the ongoing popularity and profitability of games like Aion
and Lineage II
, which draw contemptuous sneers from American audiences -- if they notice them at all).
When you compare BioWare's
focus on narrative with Blizzard's
focus on progression, it's very possible to see TOR
falling short of WoW's
Asian success. What do you think, Massively readers? Will TOR
conquer the Asian MMO market?
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