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EA investors 'wary' of Star Wars: The Old Republic?
Posted: 24.01.2011 22:12 by Comments: 9
Mike Hickey, and analyst for Janco Partners states that the investors are fearful of the MMO space and the competition for attention.

The past perceived failure of Mythic Entertainment's Warhammer Online has made them nervous about an MMO that reportedly has a budget of over $100M. Their fears are not allayed by Realtime Worlds' All Points Bulletin's quick collapse earlier in 2010.

According to Hickey, "We believe many investors are betting against SWTOR achieving market success, provided the company's (Warhammer Online from Mythic) and industry's track record at releasing successful new MMOs," and adds that the fact the MMO industry is chiefly transitioning from a subscription model to a free-to-play model may hurt its chances as well.

What the MMO does have going for it is that the game owns the Star Wars license and is being developed by trusted developer BioWare, who made one of the most popular Star Wars and roleplaying games in recent history, Knights of the Old Republic, on which the MMO is mostly based.

The game is due to be released this coming Summer, 2011.
Source: Gamasutra
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Comments

By djole381 (SI Elite) on Jan 24, 2011
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A $100M budged for a game, even if it's an MMO is insane. Only blockbuster movies have that kind of budget. It's a risky gamble investing that kind of money into a game that people might not want to pay to play.
By djole381 (SI Elite) on Jan 24, 2011
djole381
I hope you're right Chosen_One.
By JustCommunication (SI Core) on Jan 25, 2011
JustCommunication
So do I. I'm honestly just a little bit worried about this game...
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Jan 25, 2011
herodotus
"I have a bad feeling about this..."
Echoing Han on this one, I know the hopes of many SW gamers are riding high on this being successful. However, of late there are just too many MMO's filling the void. "Star Trek Online" is managing to keep going with a very strong membership, but it took some time and the field was not so full when released. "Star Wars Galaxies" is also an unpleasant reminder of just how badly the SW franchise can turn out and EA doesn't need another "Warhammer" hanging around it's neck. With so many F2P MMO's about to burst onto the scene, this had better be a massive hit on release, and so far the signs aren't there. The artwork has been revised several times already due to fan feedback (most of it unkind), so who knows what will happen.
By SwiftFire87 (SI Veteran Member) on Jan 25, 2011
SwiftFire87
I don't doubt the formula for this game whatever it may be will work. TOR will sell pretty fast I believe. No matter if its crap or not.

I personally prefer a lightsaber game to allow me to wield the lightsaber like in Jedi Academy, but I guess under RPG elements its okay for this game.
By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Jan 25, 2011
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The thing is that all the failed MMO's brought up are all kind of run-of-the-mill sort of things. I never expected them to work out at all.
But what I've seen from SWtoR makes me seriously think it will be a succes. It in a different category to things like WoW, not a direct competitior. It does thing differently, story based rather than instance based. While still offering enough "old-skool" stuff to tempt a portion of the WoW players to try it put.

My money is on succesful for this one, and I am rarely mistaken on this sort of thing. (no I can't prove that)
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Jan 27, 2011
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I have no doubt the launch of the game will be successful and exciting. After the dust settles and players start levelling up...that's when the rubber will meet the road. So, the first 12 months will be telling.
By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Jan 27, 2011
SirRoderick
That would be the case, yes.
I myself will be happy to subscribe though!