So, what’s the best thing you’ve ever had? Sliced bread you say? Bah. Sliced bread is overrated.
Behold the new epitome of sheer awesomeness.
Star Wars: The Old Republic, Bioware’s upcoming MMORPG based on the Star Wars universe, which is said to have taken many cues from the KoToR series, has ‘huge story arcs,’ and ‘double digit hours’ worth of multiplayer and sidequests,’ says BioWare’s Daniel Erickson.
When playing the single player portions, you can have a friend join you, but that will not affect your story arc.
Speaking about the sidequests, he said:
“That’s the part that people really haven’t seen much of yet,” he said. “They’ve only gotten to see the origin worlds. The origin worlds are very story-focused, so a lot of the content – although your friends can come with you and play with you – is still really like ‘You’re Luke and you’re dealing with Yoda.’ And yeah, you guys can team up together and you can go and help him out, but about half the content there is solidly single-player.
“That proportion goes way down as the game goes forward. Again, it’s not single-player, per se. Your friend can go with you, but he can’t mess with the story.
“Later we get into the multiplayer stuff, and that’s what people haven’t gotten to see. The world arcs are huge. They are double-digit hours of quests – giant chains, all built for multiplayer, all built for your whole group to do this great story together. And that’s where you get the actual story of the war. That’s where you get the conflict between the Republic and the Empire. That’s where you’re trying to take over worlds.
“That’s where you’re changing history.”
Okay, so he goes on to tell us a lot of things, while still revealing nothing at all. Way to go.
Star Wars: The Old Republic is supposed to release Spring 2011. Watch this space for more.