World of Warcraft krijgt MMO concurrent
Zowel Electronic Arts als LucasArts hebben tegenover de website Videogaming247 bevestigd dat de nieuwe Star Wars: The Old Republic MMO gemaakt zal worden voor een grotere fanbase dan World of Warcraft.
We have very high expectations for this, said EA Games president Frank Gibeau, speaking this week at LucasArts' HQ in San Francisco. Just look at the base of Star Wars fans, plus what BioWare can do. Trust me: we want to win. EA's reputation is for wanting to win.
This is going to be a powerful category and there's lots of ways to compete in this category. (Blizzard) created a much larger opportunity for everybody else, but that doesn't mean it's going to stay that way
Men wil dit mede gaan bereiken met de grote Star Wars fanbase. De online baas van LucasArts Tom Nichols meldt nog dat ze de nadruk willen leggen op het verhaal rondom The Old Republic. Hiermee willen ze het World of Warcraft record van 11 miljoen gebruikers proberen te doorbreken.
"When World of Warcraft came out, everybody thought, 'No, the market is only this big, because that's as big as EverQuest was.' Blizzard showed that it could be much larger, he said. Our goal is to show that by bringing storytelling to the genre that we can attract an even wider audience. Plus, we have the benefit of this huge brand, which has done very, very well for nearly 30 years.
Wanneer hem gevraagd wordt of hij echt gelooft dat de game groter zal worden dan World of Warcraft vertelt Nichols, dat alle ingrediënten er zijn om het te doen.
I think this game has that potential, with a premiere developer behind it; with a clear differentiating feature being story and something that's very compelling, and being a feature that's true to BioWare's expertise as well as the Star Wars brand; plus the power of the Star Wars brand, which is still doing very, very well 30 years after it started, he said.
The opportunity is there for us to do that.
De game zal alleen voor PC verschijnen. Vooralsnog heeft de game nog geen release datum gekregen.