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Catching Up With SW: The Old Republic

Posted By Mike on May 7, 2011

On the heels of news of another possible delayed release for Star Wars: The Old Republic, we have a few items for you to look over/ponder while you try to reign in your anticipation.

SWTOR.com provides us with a new developer blog this week which features Principal Lead Systems Designer Damion Schubert talking design and the codex system. Check out the intro below but then make sure to click here for the full read.

"There are clearly many games that have deep, engaging back stories that designers and writers have worked tirelessly to develop, but in the game, the player only sees what their character sees. Often times, the rich back story is used only for the context of quests, and players never really get the bird?s eye view of the narrative. The ?big picture? can become even more confusing and incomplete if the player misses a quest or discovers key plot points out of order. A lot of times, what ends up happening, is that the player just gives up on understanding the overarching storyline, and just focuses on enjoying other parts of the gameplay experience.

Obviously, this was a matter of some concern to us. Star Wars? is one of the richest, most engaging fictional settings in all of pop culture. We have an exceptional team of writers working hard to build and expand the Star Wars universe in the Old Republic era. As you may have heard, story is kind of a big deal to BioWare and to The Old Republic?, and that story is a lot better if you understand the context for what?s going on around you and how your actions fit in."



In addition to the SWTOR.com update, Gamasutra reports that according to analyst Michael Pachter, EA has invested over $80 million into the upcoming MMO so far. While the amount might seem rather high, the game has been in development for a couple years now and the same analyst seems to confirm EA projections of needing 500,000 subscribers to break even.
(Thanks Justin!)

And last but not least, RockPaperShotgun.com got hands-on with The Old Republic and you can check out their thoughts via the two links below.

Hands On: Star Wars: The Old Republic
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