Star Wars: The Old Republic is EA's Most Expensive Project in History

 Pages 1 2 3 4 5 NEXT
 

Star Wars: The Old Republic is EA's Most Expensive Project in History

image

Star Wars: The Old Republic isn't just a huge project, it's EA's most colossal of all time.

Electronic Arts has been around for nearly 20 years, and with revenue in the billions is one of the world's largest videogame developers and publishers. However, the company's biggest game is still in the works, as it's has come to light that BioWare MMORPG Star Wars: The Old Republic is EA's most expensive project of all time.

EA Chief Financial Officer Eric Brown gave an indication that this was the case back around the time of GDC 2010, but reiterated the claim recently to Gamasutra. "It is the largest R&D project EA has ever undertaken in terms of total dollars that we expect to spend bringing the title to market," he said of The Old Republic.

Star Wars: The Old Republic is an MMORPG set thousands of years before the original trilogy of Star Wars movies, but hundreds of years after BioWare and Obsidian's Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic single-player RPGs. EA appears to be aligning it to seriously compete with World of Warcraft, or to at least pull in a similarly successful subscriber base. World of Warcraft currently has 11.5 million subscribers and is expected to grow later this year.

Brown admits that the most popular MMOGs are those based in fantasy universes, but doesn't think The Old Republic has a disadvantage there. "Star Wars is analogous to that -- instead of the swords, you have the lightsabers; instead of the knights you have the Jedi -- we think it's a fiction that does very well, we think it's a fiction that spans the decades," he believes. "We think is has a very broad appeal."

If anyone can pull in 10 million subscribers, EA knows it'd be BioWare, and the likely tens of millions of dollars minimum EA is putting into The Old Republic seem to reflect that. EA wants a World of Warcraft of its own, but thankfully realizes at this point in time that a project has to be funded and developed correctly for that to even become a remote possibility. The Old Republic will be given all the time it needs, with Brown stating: "We're not expecting it to ship in fiscal 2010, nor have we given a specific ship date thereafter. We're intentionally being nonspecific on the ship date."

It'll be done "when it's done?" Where have I heard that before?

Source: Gamasutra

Permalink

Well, at least they have the right attitude and philosophy regarding the development of this game.

-m

Well. In that case, I hope (for their sake) that this game is as lucrative as the previous kotor games and doesn't bomb like previous star wars mmorpgs.

Oooooooh boy, just imagine EA's disappointment when (sorry, "if") it tanks like every other MMORPG that tries to cross WoW's path...

edit: I'm going to be frank, I don't think SW:TOR stands a single chance against the Blizzard monolith... and I think I have a reason to believe so, too:

Think about it this way - EA is trying to directly compete with Blizzard, and that means that they're gona have to try and detract some of the WoW gamers to SW:TOR instead. Yes, some players will also be attracted by the Star Wars universe and all, but EA are still gona have to take a chunk of Blizzard's cake if they stand any chance of competing.

Now, lets think about this for a minute: since WoW has recently stopped growing at 11.5 million subscribers or whatever, we can assume that they're not having a large number of players leaving/joining at any one time, i.e. the consumer base is fairly consistent. This means that a relatively significant portion of those WoW players have already established themselves in the community, joined guilds, levelled up, etc.

Aaaaaand they will leave all of that history, experience, etc, with WoW, and start all over again with SW:TOR, at the beginning level, with no contacts, no experience, and a new control scheme? Bear in mind also that its unlikely that players will subscribe to both at the same time, due to the monthly payment nature of MMO's.

So, lets sum up here: EA really needs to pull some portion of WoW's audience away from the MMO, when many of them will already have levelled up characters, built friendships, etc, within that game.

My guess is a lot of them will be reluctant to leave all that behind...

Yes, EA will be able to get an audience from Star War's fan too, but lets remember that Star Trek: Online had a huge Trekkie fanbase to pool from too... did that really help it?

I'm really hoping this game manages to do well for a long time. I'm a WoW player and I love WoW, but I also love MMORPGs in general, and am always looking for something new, shiny, and fun to play.

I for one am hoping it'll fail just so I can laught at EA, Bioware and all the stupid fanboys.

I'm pretty certain there will be a giant wave of people sunscribing to begin with then after a few weeks to a month it'll slowly wittle down like every other MMO.

Is there jet packs?

I won't leave Global Agenda unless it has jet packs...

And yet the graphics looks like something from 2005? What the hell are they pouring all those money into?

Rainboq:
Is there jet packs?

I won't leave Global Agenda unless it has jet packs...

The bounty hunter has jet packs I believe.

I'm pretty hyped for it.

Hopefully, it'll gain loads of subs from SW fans who noarmally wouldn't play MMOs.

Hmph.

If only they could use all this money for a side project..

Maybe they could call it Knight of the Old Republic 3, huh?

*massive death glare.*

I don't think that Bioware have had anything like a ten million selling game as those are numbers only seen by Maxis, Valve and Blizzard before WoW was launched. If they can get all the people who buy Bioware games to buy it they could get a couple of million sales, that is if most of the people who buy single player RPGs also want an online game. I guess the plan is to suck all of those people in with a story then the MMO grind is revealed. Mwa haha, another single player gamer who is new to MMO grinding, stay a while, stay forever!

Feriluce:
And yet the graphics looks like something from 2005? What the hell are they pouring all those money into?

Rainboq:
Is there jet packs?

I won't leave Global Agenda unless it has jet packs...

The bounty hunter has jet packs I believe.

Then I'm in!

Also, I think the money is going to simply creating a MASSIVE play area.

I hope its good, would love a Sci-fi MMO tired playing Fantasy Games. They are probably spending quite a bit of money on all the voice acting they are putting in the game and making MMO's to graphically intense basically is deny a portion of your wanted costumer base the ability to play a game.

I think if any MMO has a chance at dethroning WoW, it'll be TOR.

From what I've seen so far this looks good, though I am somewhat concerned about of the amount of content so far, and it seems like there aren't all that many playable character types.

Still, while checking things out not too long ago I seem to remember seeing a TBA: Q2 2011. So it seems like it's still got a year or so in development to go. I just hope I have time for MMORPGs then, because as it is I've had some difficulty doing my stuff in WoW of late.

So long as they don't push the game out before it's ready, *cough* Warhammer *cough* I'll be picking this game up. I really want to play a sci-fi MMO that doesn't involve just being a ship...EvE I'm looking at you!...and has a huge area to explore

Rainboq: Love the Cinema Snob avatar, man! :D

OT: If the game comes out on the Mac, and the monthly subscription isn't too steep, this will be a day one purchase for me. Hell, even if it doesn't come out on the mac, I would actually consider buying a PC specifically for this game.

Its about time for another round of good MMOs. I really hope this turns out well because if it doesn't then no one will be trying new settings for MMOs and we will be stuck in fantasy grind-fests for the rest of our lives.

Kmadden2004:
Rainboq: Love the Cinema Snob avatar, man! :D

It's yours if you want it!

Also, note the handy quote button, it PM's whoever you quote so they don't have to search the thread!

As someone once said, what stands in the way of good games is limited time and money. Get rid of those problems, and the only possible problem is in yourself, and that's more easily solvable. I hold high hopes for this game.

If they dont mess up in base gameplay and finally tell us more about the actual MMO part of SW:ToR they have good chance to actuallly not sink with it.

Over last year no mmo managed to grab a decent enough bite off the market share from WoW mostly because of obvious mistakes in the developement, same time there is plenty of people still stuck in WoW and waiting for something new that will let them leave the aging blizzards product. Many dont really want something innovative either, they dont need new features that sounds awesome on paper but in relaity are not functional during first 6 months of the games life.
The simillarity of SW:ToR to WoW, EQ and the clasic type of mmos while still having something different (finally a sci-fi setting, even if Star Wars is really fantasy in space) is a good thing for majority of those looking for a chance to play something new while still having chance for simillar expierience they had when they first started with WoW.

Obviously there is market for player-firendly games while all the niche and 'hardcore' ones struggle with notable expetion of Eve-O which just happens to do things properly.

Either this works, and it successfully carves out a niche of its own or it'll fail so horribly that it'll take down Bioware and a large of chunk of EA along with it.

So if EA is serious about the "done when it's done" stance and let Bioware do their thing, they stand a chance of succeeding, but I'm not sure if aiming this high is a good idea. MMOs grow (or explode in WoWs case) into fruition, they aren't made that way.

At least they are approaching such game correctly. Dozens of MMORPG's are lost because of their shitty generic systems and lacking the appeal to attract gamers.

Now THIS one has my attention and EA has the power of marketing. I bet it will work out, I might give this one a shot. I will keep it in my sights.

I really hope that the investment pays off. I've not been this excited about an MMOG before. I'm not saying that The Old Republic will be a WoW killer, but if any upcoming MMO is going to seriously compete with it, it's going to be TOR.

GonzoGamer:
Well. In that case, I hope (for their sake) that this game is as lucrative as the previous kotor games and doesn't bomb like previous star wars mmorpgs.

Well galaxies was just EQ with a coat of paint over it and wookiee hairdressers. It was doomed to fail.

I just hope this doesn't turn into KOTOR Forever.

Rainboq:
Is there jet packs?

The improper grammar is killing me. "Are there jet packs?" would have been the proper way to phrase that question.

OT: I'm thinking of getting the Old Republic, so with the awesome might of this one guy, maybe they will be able to compete with WoW.

Simalacrum:
Oooooooh boy, just imagine EA's disappointment when (sorry, "if") it tanks like every other MMORPG that tries to cross WoW's path...

edit: I'm going to be frank, I don't think SW:TOR stands a single chance against the Blizzard monolith... and I think I have a reason to believe so, too:

Think about it this way - EA is trying to directly compete with Blizzard, and that means that they're gona have to try and detract some of the WoW gamers to SW:TOR instead. Yes, some players will also be attracted by the Star Wars universe and all, but EA are still gona have to take a chunk of Blizzard's cake if they stand any chance of competing.

Now, lets think about this for a minute: since WoW has recently stopped growing at 11.5 million subscribers or whatever, we can assume that they're not having a large number of players leaving/joining at any one time, i.e. the consumer base is fairly consistent. This means that a relatively significant portion of those WoW players have already established themselves in the community, joined guilds, levelled up, etc.

Aaaaaand they will leave all of that history, experience, etc, with WoW, and start all over again with SW:TOR, at the beginning level, with no contacts, no experience, and a new control scheme? Bear in mind also that its unlikely that players will subscribe to both at the same time, due to the monthly payment nature of MMO's.

So, lets sum up here: EA really needs to pull some portion of WoW's audience away from the MMO, when many of them will already have levelled up characters, built friendships, etc, within that game.

My guess is a lot of them will be reluctant to leave all that behind...

Yes, EA will be able to get an audience from Star War's fan too, but lets remember that Star Trek: Online had a huge Trekkie fanbase to pool from too... did that really help it?

I agree with you! ^.^

The point in MMO cases, there some bad luck going on when someone save it's a'X-killer"

"Oh this will be an WOW killer!"

Everytime those words are muttered, it's get worse.

zenoaugustus:

Rainboq:
Is there jet packs?

The improper grammar is killing me. "Are there jet packs?" would have been the proper way to phrase that question.

*Claps hands*

Bravo! Your initiation to the hall of Grammar Nazis is beginning!

Rainboq:

zenoaugustus:

Rainboq:
Is there jet packs?

The improper grammar is killing me. "Are there jet packs?" would have been the proper way to phrase that question.

*Claps hands*

Bravo! Your initiation to the hall of Grammar Nazis is beginning!

No dude, it happened long ago. I'm sorry, but it just gets to me. My mom is an english major, so I was honed to write as perfectly as I can.

And I'm assuming there are jet packs, because the trailer portrayed a bounty hunter with one.

zenoaugustus:

Rainboq:
Is there jet packs?

The improper grammar is killing me. "Are there jet packs?" would have been the proper way to phrase that question.

OT: I'm thinking of getting the Old Republic, so with the awesome might of this one guy, maybe they will be able to compete with WoW.

So?

Allow him to type the way he wants, the internet is not like a novel.

Besides, there already a thread for that nerd rage.

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/forums/read/18.197615-U-instead-of-You

I wonder if eventually they will drop it just like Mechwarrior 3025 and Earth & Beyond...

zenoaugustus:

Rainboq:

zenoaugustus:

Rainboq:
Is there jet packs?

The improper grammar is killing me. "Are there jet packs?" would have been the proper way to phrase that question.

*Claps hands*

Bravo! Your initiation to the hall of Grammar Nazis is beginning!

No dude, it happened long ago. I'm sorry, but it just gets to me. My mom is an english major, so I was honed to write as perfect as I can.

And I'm assuming there are jet packs, because the trailer portrayed a bounty hunter with one.

No, I mean the Escapist's!

Dr. wonderful:
Snippeties

Haha, thats possibly true, actually :P

I think that (yeah, thats right, I have even more rant in my guns XD) a lot of analysts who predict "WoW killers" on the basis of their superior tech, gameplay, etc, are ignoring the social aspect of the whole thing, which is arguably the biggest aspect of an MMO...

The reason why WoW is so popular is because it got ahead of the pack - sure, other MMO's were around before WoW but Blizzard's game was the first to solidify the genre. WoW has time on its side - the player base is loyal to the point of addiction because they've established friends and connections on the game.

And, lets be honest, friends will ALWAYS pwn superior technology.

USSR:
Hmph.

If only they could use all this money for a side project..

Maybe they could call it Knight of the Old Republic 3, huh?

*massive death glare.*

Give it up. KotOR 3 (or even 2.5, for that matter) aint happening. There's not even a plausible story that could justify a third KotOR now (though they could do a prequel for the MMO that took place during the actual war, it would probably loose much of what was loved about the previous two games).

On topic, I think this potentially says two things about EA:

1) That they truly value the project and have completely turned around the way the company works to produce really good games (albiet at much higher production costs), or

2) They were real cheapos before this project.

Simalacrum:
Oooooooh boy, just imagine EA's disappointment when (sorry, "if") it tanks like every other MMORPG that tries to cross WoW's path...

edit: I'm going to be frank, I don't think SW:TOR stands a single chance against the Blizzard monolith... and I think I have a reason to believe so, too:

[reasoned argument supporting his thesis]

As the point was made earlier, SW:TOR is the only game that even has a chance of competing with WoW in terms of both scale and success. For this reason alone, I think that it's worth looking at as a possible success.

Even better, it is acutally following the very formula that WoW used to build it's initial user-base: making a game off a loyal following using a franchise that players are already familiar with and hungering for more of.

At the same time, the point should be made that TOR is not ment to be a WoW killer, but rather an alternative to those who don't really want to play WoW, were scorned by WoW and now want something else in a MMORPG, or have grown tired of WoW (not the same group as the previous one). The more Sci-Fi-oriented asethetic of the game is a direct contrast to the "orcs and elves" concept of the WoW fanchise (yes it's a over-simplification, but that's also why people went nuts over the rumor of a Starcraft MMO to complete with WoW).

And kudos to the Working! avatar, xavierxenon.

Dr. wonderful:

zenoaugustus:

Rainboq:
Is there jet packs?

The improper grammar is killing me. "Are there jet packs?" would have been the proper way to phrase that question.

OT: I'm thinking of getting the Old Republic, so with the awesome might of this one guy, maybe they will be able to compete with WoW.

So?

Allow him to type the way he wants, the internet is not like a novel.

Besides, there already a thread for that nerd rage.

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/forums/read/18.197615-U-instead-of-You

You shush, I need my grammar corrected, it helps for English classes, XD!

 Pages 1 2 3 4 5 NEXT

Reply to Thread

Log in or Register to Comment
Have an account? Login below:
With Facebook:Login With Facebook
or
Username:  
Password:  
  
Not registered? To sign up for an account with The Escapist:
Register With Facebook
Register With Facebook
or
Register for a free account here