Frank Gibeau who is the Head of EA games has been talking alot about how the story will develop in The Old Republic and how it will be different when compared to likes of World of Warcraft. He also believes that WoW’s story is more like a shopping list than a proper story.
He says, “When I play World of Warcraft, you go and get your quests, and you go and do your quests, but it feels more like doing a shopping list at times. [Our game] is more about talking to characters, learning what’s going on, investing in it, getting emotionally attached to it. You can still go in accessible ways and grind out quests if you want, but at the same time there’s a higher-level story that’s carrying you through The Old Republic. It operates across multiple classes from Sith Warrior, Sith Inquisitors, bounty hunters, spies, troopers, to Jedis… it’s a really fantastic world.”
He also admits that he is a fan of the Blizzard MMO, stating: “It’s very different than orcs and humans and night elves and the rest. On the first level, the IPs are highly different, the gameplay highly differentiated, and the stories highly differentiated. I love Blizzard products, but they’re not the entire market. There is an opportunity to come in with a new IP.”
Let the big talks begin!
Bioware will be releasing The Old Republic sometime later this year.
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