With pre-orders of Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic outperforming any previous record held by an EA title, it’s a positive conclusion that fans and gamers anticipating and research resolve the experience to be a successful one with what has been provided for promotion to date. However, the gaming community does not forget the intense epic fail of Star Wars Galaxies, as well as the stand alone SWTOR title causing a subconscious negative assertions to the unreleased product.
Even when we heard of the project it’d be dishonest to say we didn’t have at least a little bit of apprehension ourselves here at GGD. When Warhammer’s MMO was unable to drag away any of World of Warcraft‘s audience despite the huge budget, it’s difficult to imagine that Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic has pumped over $100 Million into the game with an expected return on investment to come out 2 million ahead. That’s a huge gamble and the free to play arena has soaked up most of that audience, along with casual games and Facebook apps. This may be the first of the last huge MMO’s to be published, if indeed it fail it does.
Case with objective point, via VideoGamer
“In the persistent race of chasing market trends, traditional subscription MMO projects are a hard sell, even when statistical rarities like World of Warcraft offer the illusion of a genre gold mine. Still, if The Old Republic succeeds it will prove that shovelling huge resources from the back pockets of major publishers into the traditional development model is still the most lucrative way to make your money back on an MMO. But if it fails expect a hell of a sea change.
Expect firms to run, not walk, to join the surging queue of Facebook and app developers when funding traditional large-scale MMO projects looks like a no-go. If The Old Republic fails to keep the number of subscribers it needs to perform as a viable business you can bet new projects will fizzle as stories of EA and The Old Republic will be remembered by even the most clueless of financial backers.
Why is it important whether or not The Old Republic succeeds? Because it’s likely to instigate a radical re-thinking in whether developing traditional MMO blockbusters is even worth the effort anymore.”
- EA Makes Star Wars: The Old Republic Special (pinkbananaworld.com)
- Star Wars: The Old Republic story explored in full mission video (digitaltrends.com)
- Old Republic Pre-Orders go Live, Three Versions Available [Star Wars: The Old Republic] (kotaku.com)
- Let’s Try Not To Fall Asleep During The Old Republic’s Jedi Consular Video [Video] (kotaku.com)
- Star Wars: The Old Republic trailer asks you to Join the Fight (joystiq.com)
- The More They Keep Telling Me Star Wars: The Old Republic Isn’t Like World of Warcraft, the Less I Want to Play [I Know] (kotaku.com)
- Star Wars MMO Pricing Plan May Have “Some Twists” [Money] (kotaku.com)