LucasArts Announces Star Wars MMO
Article by George Norman
On 23 Oct 2008
The MMO (short for massively multiplayer online) game in question will be named “Star Wars: The Old Republic” and it is the result of a joint venture between Lucas Arts and BioWare. The two companies failed to provide an exact date for the launch of the game.

At the press event held early this week in San Francisco, LucasArts CEO Darrell Rodriguez said that the company he leads has for a long time urging to return to the Star Wars franchise, but up until now it did not have the occasion to do so in a grand manner. A MMO Star Wars game would allow millions of gamers to play the game in a shared virtual environment, and if “Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic” can be taken as a point of reference, then we can expect the new game to be an instant hit. Rodriguez added that LucasArts decided to collaborate with BioWare on this project because it has the capability to deliver an “engrossing story with a fully-realized online world”.

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Dr. Ray Muzyka, co-founder of BioWare says that he is pretty hipped about this project and that he wanted to sink his teeth into something like this for quite some time now. The game is based on the traditional three gameplay pillars (character evolution, exploration, and combat), but adds a forth pillar to the equation – storyline.

At this point in time “Star Wars: The Old Republic” is playable, but there are still a few bit and pieces to fix before it can be released to the eager hordes of fans. Muzyka said it will be launched in the near future, but since no exact date was mentioned, we can only speculate. The only thing we know for sure is that the action takes place some 3,600 years before the “Star Wars” movies and 350 years after “Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic”.



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