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1. Star Wars Galaxies was released at least 6 months too early. This was 100% Lucas Art's decision as the publisher of SWG. This is not speculation as most things NGE are, this is fact.
2. Lucas Arts did a terrible job of marketing SWG. This looks to be a non issue as less advertisibng is even needed these days, but they are getting SWTOR out there. will they continue to do it after launch?
3. Lucas Arts handcuffs SoE's development. Every last thing SoE wants to do they need to get approval from SWG. Even for bug fixes and such.
4. This goes big with #3. We dont know for sure how much of the NGE LA demanded. As much as the signs point tot hem at the very least beign responsible for the 'iconic classes', we dont know for sure. We do know this: LUCAS ARTS APPROVED THE NGE. They let it go in immediately after an expansion. they did not inform the customers it was coming. All the petty things that LA denied SoE over the years but this they allow?
Now its doubtful that SWTOR would need to be NGE'd, but Lucas Arts was very impatient last time. If this game doesnt have good retention will they panic again? I think the game will do well so a lot of this will be moot, but anyone who isnt at least a bit skeptical is nuts.