MMO KOTOR Confirmed?

EA to Play in Knights of the Old Republic Portfolio.com's Technology Blog seems to offer confirmations of a BioWare-developed Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic MMOG straight from EA boss John Riccitiello (thanks DenonSix), in what seems like an oddly low-key approach to such a highly anticipated announcement:
N. Evan Van Zelfden in Los Angeles warns, watch out World of Warcraft. In an interview at E3 this week, Electronic Arts chief executive John Riccitiello said that EA is working on the next version of Star Wars game Knights of the Old Republic, and it will most certainly have a massively multiplayer online component to it.

"We've got two of the most compelling MMOs in the industry in development," said Riccitiello. The first title, based on the Warhammer property, will launch soon. "And the one that people are dying for us to talk to them about -- in partnership with Lucas, coming out of BioWare, which is, I think, quite possibly the most anticipated game, full stop, for the industry at the point when we get closer to telling you about it."

Does Riccitiello mean the oft rumored Knights of the Old Republic Online? "Yes," he said.

Moving into MMOs is an essential component for any gaming company, and it's a big part of the reason Vivendi merged with Activision, for that company's World of Warcraft MMO.

Riccitiello told Portfolio.com that he was interested in owning World of Warcraft, and that he did discuss it, but it wasn't in the cards. "Because [Vivendi] couldn't afford control of EA, and I wasn't giving it up."

But EA is firmly on that path now, with a KOTOR MMO, which would sidestep the consoles owned by Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo. "Increasingly, people are going to be talking about direct-to-customer in our business," said Riccitiello. "I think we'll be talking about it louder than most."
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Re: KOTOR MMO...
Jul 21, 2008, 00:44
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Re: KOTOR MMO... Jul 21, 2008, 00:44
Jul 21, 2008, 00:44
 
yeah... there's no way this kotor mmo is going to have the *same* appeal. but i don't believe they want it to. since they're going for a new market then they must realize the things that new market craves - stats, community, bragging rights etc...

so basically... we'll end up with wow but it will look and feel like sw.

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Re: KOTOR MMO...
Jul 19, 2008, 02:43
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Re: KOTOR MMO... Jul 19, 2008, 02:43
Jul 19, 2008, 02:43
 
Yet another MMO that is in development forever, that people talk about for years, that has 5,000 "previews" on various gaming websites and magazines, creates 5,000,000 online debates and arguments...

Good summary, John.

I liked KOTOR and lived through it's consolish interface as the game was enough to keep me going. I have to admit I finally burned out on the last planet and never finished going into orbit or whatever it was to see the final ending. I still have my save game.

I'm not sure how it would work as an MMPOG as to me the primary driving force of the game was the story and getting to new worlds and settings and situations. Perhaps the battle mechanics might be worth salvaging but other than that, I'm not sure what the connection between a the single player game and a big grind fest would be.

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Re: KOTOR MMO...
Jul 18, 2008, 07:13
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Re: KOTOR MMO... Jul 18, 2008, 07:13
Jul 18, 2008, 07:13
 
John Riccitiello is Satan Himself, and he wants your soul.

Read the fine print of your EULA when buying your next EA game. It clearly states:

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KOTOR MMO...
Jul 18, 2008, 03:56
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Jul 18, 2008, 03:56
 
Yet another MMO that is in development forever, that people talk about for years, that has 5,000 "previews" on various gaming websites and magazines, creates 5,000,000 online debates and arguments, promises far more than it can ever deliver, has press releases stating it will be "the end of MMO X"....and then ultimately fails to deliver at launch. Then the cycle repeats itself when the next "great" MMO is announced a week later. Ad infinity.

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Re: Woo.
Jul 17, 2008, 23:12
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Re: Woo. Jul 17, 2008, 23:12
Jul 17, 2008, 23:12
 
Bioware hasn't proven they can make MMOs.

Oh wait, neither did Blizzard...

Go go KOTORO!

QFT!

Some of the comments of you folks. 'KotORs engine is a little old. They should make a Mass Effect MMOG.' Hello they won't use the same engine. WHy would they. They are actually using a licensed engine, the one used to make Oblivion (and also WAR. SO clearly it's graphical possibilities vary wildly.)

This is Bioware were talking about. If ANYONE could make an MMOG to rival WoW, it's them.

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Re: Assumptions
Jul 17, 2008, 22:55
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Re: Assumptions Jul 17, 2008, 22:55
Jul 17, 2008, 22:55
 
Ray hopefully Cryptic can do 'something' with Star Trek Online, so just a few more days and we'll find out.

KOTOR MMO was confirmed on X-Play this evening.

Alot of people didn't think that Blizzard could pull off a MMO and look where they are. I personally wouldn't mind letting Bioware have a shot at a Star Wars MMO.

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Assumptions
Jul 17, 2008, 22:30
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Jul 17, 2008, 22:30
 
Lots of assumptions going around, but part of me still has faith that BioWare can pull it off and make an amazing KOTOR MMORPG. We can all speculate without having any info to support it, but it's too early for any meaningful predictions.

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Re: This is definitely
Jul 17, 2008, 22:19
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Re: This is definitely Jul 17, 2008, 22:19
Jul 17, 2008, 22:19
 
seeing as their last SW game was pretty damn awesome.
The elements that worked so well in KOTOR 1/2 just don't fit into the MMO-frame. Character-development (not stats) and story will feel completely shallow because the world around you never changes. Heck, even the end-baddie will be back 15 minute or a week after you slay him.

So, in my view, the only thing this unholy offspring will have in common with the original(s) is the name and possibly bits of lore. There's no reason why existing KOTOR-fans should look forward to this game based on the predecessors.

Though at least, unlike FO3 (which I'm sure will be a great game btw, but not really a "true" sequel as such), this doesn't look like it's going to be branded KOTOR 3.

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This is definitely
Jul 17, 2008, 21:50
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This is definitely Jul 17, 2008, 21:50
Jul 17, 2008, 21:50
 
Haha, well this thread developed just like every other thread on bluesnews Personally I'm looking forward to seeing what BioWare can do with the Star Wars (old republic) universe in a MMO, seeing as their last SW game was pretty damn awesome.

I'm not a SW "geek", so I'm not sure, but didn't they pretty much invent a lot of the (now official) SW lore for that time period while making KOTOR? Feel free to bludgeon me to death if I'm wrong.

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Jul 17, 2008, 20:00
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Jul 17, 2008, 20:00
 
"which is, I think, quite possibly the most anticipated game, full stop, for the industry"
I don't see how they can make that claim. I loved KOTOR but I really don't care for a MMO version of it.

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Re: Watch out WoW
Jul 17, 2008, 19:57
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Re: Watch out WoW Jul 17, 2008, 19:57
Jul 17, 2008, 19:57
 
I like Star Trek, but I don't think it has as wide appeal, especially not with what they've done to and are doing with the franchise.

Also, hasn't that game been in a bit of a development hell? That's not good for any game, but even less so for a MMOG...
Damn, I should have mentioned Hellgate earlier so I could get in one more jab!
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Ofcourse
Jul 17, 2008, 19:57
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Jul 17, 2008, 19:57
 
When Ricieieitiellaoso talks about "Direct-to-customer" he is referring to EA's customer service rape bots. And bigger DRM.

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Attack of The Grind
Jul 17, 2008, 19:52
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Attack of The Grind Jul 17, 2008, 19:52
Jul 17, 2008, 19:52
 
Another day, another MMO. How anyone - having seen SWG - would think another MMO set in the SW-universe is a good idea is beyond me. What a waste of developer-hours.

Bring on the real KOTOR 3, and let MMO as a genre die a painful death, damnit.

Until then, bring me 15 Bantha hides. The galaxy depends on it.
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Re: Woo.
Jul 17, 2008, 19:39
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Re: Woo. Jul 17, 2008, 19:39
Jul 17, 2008, 19:39
 
Lets see, WoW, Anarchy Online, Sony's line up, and a few dozen more. Yes the market can only sustain one or two.

Whine more Trainwreck.

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Re: Watch out WoW
Jul 17, 2008, 19:19
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As I see it, at least currently, it would take something with the potential of Star Wars or just Blizzard's next MMOG to dethrone WoW.

Star Trek Online. Yeah, that other geeky franchise.

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Re: No subject
Jul 17, 2008, 19:16
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"And the one that people are dying for us to talk to them about -- in partnership with Lucas, coming out of BioWare, which is, I think, quite possibly the most anticipated game, full stop, for the industry at the point when we get closer to telling you about it."

o.O wha?

I think he's suggesting it'll be the most anticipated, but his sentence is, kinda, I dunno, weird, like that, and with commas. Lots of, commas, in the future.

He's talking Shatner.

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Jul 17, 2008, 19:15
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Jul 17, 2008, 19:15
 
Blue, shame on you for being surprised at a low-key approach. Would you rather them have teased on some webpage like kotoro.com with some retarded countdown and what looks like a lightsaber and the letters M, M, O?

No, but a real announcement of it at E3 would have been nice, just to have one big PC game reveal come out of the show.
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Re: Woohoo!
Jul 17, 2008, 19:13
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Jul 17, 2008, 19:13
 Kxmode
 
Is that supposed to be a joke? Why the hell do you think Bioware would use their old KOTOR engine for a new game? Ignoring the fact that an MMORPG requires a much different foundation than a single-player game, which I would think is pretty obvious.

Really? Someone probably should have told Funcom that. Age of Conan's requirements is about even with Mass Effect, and higher if you include required drive space. All I'm saying is that BioWare has two engine technologies: one is older than the other. Regardless I'm interested in KOTORO.

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No subject
Jul 17, 2008, 19:11
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Jul 17, 2008, 19:11
 
Blue, shame on you for being surprised at a low-key approach. Would you rather them have teased on some webpage like kotoro.com with some retarded countdown and what looks like a lightsaber and the letters M, M, O?

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Re: change direction... now
Jul 17, 2008, 19:07
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Jul 17, 2008, 19:07
 Kxmode
 
Try again kxmode. Technology has never proven to be a development barrier for Bioware.

How about this barrier? EA

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