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Obsidian looking to return to making Star Wars games .. could this be Star Wars MMORPG #3?

KarteliKarteli Providence, PAPosts: 2,646Member

I got wind of this recently, and thought I'd share it with other Star Wars fans.

 

New Republic: Obsidian Actively Pitching More Star Wars

February 8, 2013

http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2013/02/08/new-republic-obsidian-actively-pitching-more-star-wars/

 

Speaking in an interview with Rock Paper Shotgun, Urquhart described in passion his interest in the Star Wars Universe and how Obsidian can easily fit into one of the many eras the overarching plot takes place during. In fact, Obsidian already approached LucasArts back in the day to follow it up.

“We pitched a between-Episode III and Episode IV game. Because we think that timeframe is super interesting. It’s the fall of the Republic, the extermination of the Jedi, it’s Obi-Wan going off and making sure Luke is OK.”

“You have the Sith, but you have the extermination of all Force users except for very, very few. So it was an interesting time to set a game, and you know, Chris Avellone came up with a really cool story.”

 

“We haven’t [talked with Disney yet]. We’re kind of waiting for the smoke to clear. But that’s one of my next big things to do. To kind of go over there and [get the ball rolling again].”

 

Single player, or MMORPG?  No word yet, but they want to approach Disney with their ideas first before revealing too much, so it seems.  Hopefully they will improve upon customization, based on feedback, this time around.

 

edit: updated link to reflect proper original source.

Want a nice understanding of life? Try Spirit Science: "The Human History"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8NNHmV3QPw&feature=plcp
Recognize the voice? Yep sounds like Penny Arcade's Extra Credits.

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  • Sevenstar61Sevenstar61 Centreville, VAPosts: 1,690Member Uncommon

    If Obsidian Entertaintment does not have any experience with MMOs they better stick with single player games or they will get the same hate that BioWare got :)

    Considering that they made KOTOR 2, I would say it would be another single player game. Maybe continuation of KOTOR... I am sure they read posts on this forum and they saw how many people would like to have KOTOR 3.

    No matter, I will be really happy about another SW game, if it would be MMO... great, I would love to play both, if it's a single player, great :).

     

    Good news no matter what. I hope they can get a deal.

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  • kanezfankanezfan margate, FLPosts: 482Member

    It'll probably be single player. I mean maybe Disney lets them do a MMORPG running alongside SWTOR, who knows, but I can't imagine they'd do it as it cannibalizes on one game.

  • erictlewiserictlewis Cottondale, ALPosts: 3,026Member Uncommon

    I think it would be more of a kotor3 or something like that they really dont have any mmorpg experaince.  however I would welcome a single player rpg star wars game as long as there was no cash shop added to it, and it was not online. 

     

  • doodphacedoodphace Vancouver, BCPosts: 1,815Member
    Originally posted by Sevenstar61
    I am sure they read posts on this forum and they saw how many people would like to have KOTOR 3.

    I think you give this forum too much credit.

    If these forums had any real life representation of the MMO community at large, WoW would be a ghost town....

  • tawesstawess LkpgPosts: 2,535Member Uncommon
    My money are on a SP or Co-Op RPG. BW proved that the market for thart type of story-driven MMO's is not really here yet. Also as the game will not contain any jedi wroth mentioning it would have a hard time making it as a non-storydriven MMO.
  • grimalgrimal Stamford, CTPosts: 2,873Member Uncommon

    If anything, single-player is most likely.

    Star Wars and MMO don't mix well profit-wise.

  • Sevenstar61Sevenstar61 Centreville, VAPosts: 1,690Member Uncommon
    Hmm it won't be KOTOR 3 as it seems they want to make game 3500 years later.  It has a story.  Definitely single player.

    image
    Sith Warrior - Story of Hate and Love http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxKrlwXt7Ao
    Imperial Agent - Rise of Cipher Nine http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBBj3eJWBvU&feature=youtu.be
    Imperial Agent - Hunt for the Eagle Part 1http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQqjYYU128E

  • Sevenstar61Sevenstar61 Centreville, VAPosts: 1,690Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by doodphace
    Originally posted by Sevenstar61
    I am sure they read posts on this forum and they saw how many people would like to have KOTOR 3.

    I think you give this forum too much credit.

    If this forums had any real life representation of the MMO community at large, WoW would be a ghost town....

    LOl you are right... maybe SWTOR forums then /grin

    image
    Sith Warrior - Story of Hate and Love http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxKrlwXt7Ao
    Imperial Agent - Rise of Cipher Nine http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBBj3eJWBvU&feature=youtu.be
    Imperial Agent - Hunt for the Eagle Part 1http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQqjYYU128E

  • KarteliKarteli Providence, PAPosts: 2,646Member
    Originally posted by Sevenstar61
    Hmm it won't be KOTOR 3 as it seems they want to make game 3500 years later.  It has a story.  Definitely single player.

    Well, a factionless MMORPG might be interesting .. Everyone is empire, killing off Jedi leaders in raids (hehe) ... internal striffe, open PVP against each other as the empire tries to maintain order in a lawless galaxy .. :=D

    Want a nice understanding of life? Try Spirit Science: "The Human History"
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8NNHmV3QPw&feature=plcp
    Recognize the voice? Yep sounds like Penny Arcade's Extra Credits.

  • Sevenstar61Sevenstar61 Centreville, VAPosts: 1,690Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Karteli
    Originally posted by Sevenstar61
    Hmm it won't be KOTOR 3 as it seems they want to make game 3500 years later.  It has a story.  Definitely single player.

    Well, a factionless MMORPG might be interesting .. Everyone is empire, killing off Jedi leaders in raids (hehe) ... internal striffe, open PVP against each other as the empire tries to maintain order in a lawless galaxy .. :=D

    LOL they could call it Jedi Hunt..... I wonder if Obsidian is going to ditch Project Eternity if they get the deal, or they will work on both games at the same time....

    image
    Sith Warrior - Story of Hate and Love http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxKrlwXt7Ao
    Imperial Agent - Rise of Cipher Nine http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBBj3eJWBvU&feature=youtu.be
    Imperial Agent - Hunt for the Eagle Part 1http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQqjYYU128E

  • DistopiaDistopia Baltimore, MDPosts: 16,905Member Uncommon
    With Obsidian's background I'd put my money on a SP RPG.  To be honest I'd be more excited about them creating such a game than most other studios, only exception being Bethesda. Their take on SW was much better in an RPG sense than Bioware's was IMO, even considering their ending was cut short due to pressure from LA.

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  • gaeanprayergaeanprayer Somewhere Out There, PAPosts: 2,320Member Uncommon

    If Obsidian does Star Wars, it'll be single player.

     

     

    And EPIC.

    "Forums aren't for intelligent discussion; they're for blow-hards with unwavering opinions."

  • KarteliKarteli Providence, PAPosts: 2,646Member
    Originally posted by Sevenstar61
    Originally posted by Karteli
    Originally posted by Sevenstar61
    Hmm it won't be KOTOR 3 as it seems they want to make game 3500 years later.  It has a story.  Definitely single player.

    Well, a factionless MMORPG might be interesting .. Everyone is empire, killing off Jedi leaders in raids (hehe) ... internal striffe, open PVP against each other as the empire tries to maintain order in a lawless galaxy .. :=D

    LOL they could call it Jedi Hunt..... I wonder if Obsidian is going to ditch Project Eternity if they get the deal, or they will work on both games at the same time....

    Probably not .. people who contributed those millions to Kickstarter would burn Obsidian to ashes.

     

    Both games development will co-exist, most likely.

    Want a nice understanding of life? Try Spirit Science: "The Human History"
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8NNHmV3QPw&feature=plcp
    Recognize the voice? Yep sounds like Penny Arcade's Extra Credits.

  • SovrathSovrath Boston Area, MAPosts: 18,455Member Uncommon

    It will be single player.

    "you know what? There have already been two star wars mmo's created and neither a huge money maker; these games taking years to make and costing millions upon millions of dollars we might not see for quite a while... hmmmm , let's do it again!"

    Or they can look at the successes in the single player/(co-op?) arena and realize that this might be where to go.

  • KarteliKarteli Providence, PAPosts: 2,646Member
    Originally posted by Sovrath

    It will be single player.

    "you know what? There have already been two star wars mmo's created and neither a huge money maker; these games taking years to make and costing millions upon millions of dollars we might not see for quite a while... hmmmm , let's do it again!"

    Or they can look at the successes in the single player/(co-op?) arena and realize that this might be where to go.

    They generated more money than single player games ... SWTOR took the spotlight though because somehow EA squandered 300 million in development costs, plus another $800 or so million to acquire Bioware.  EA is trying to make a pitcher of lemonade with just 1 lemon wedge .. takes a whole lot of squeezing.

     

    A really good SW MMORPG has huge potential.  A subscription cost for a quality MMO was never an issue, so if they build it, fans will come.

    Want a nice understanding of life? Try Spirit Science: "The Human History"
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8NNHmV3QPw&feature=plcp
    Recognize the voice? Yep sounds like Penny Arcade's Extra Credits.

  • superniceguysuperniceguy AnchorheadPosts: 2,278Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by grimal

    If anything, single-player is most likely.

    Star Wars and MMO don't mix well profit-wise.

    SWG was profitable otherwise SOE would not have renewed the licence several times. It did not cost much to make/run, and did not need mass loads of subscribers. When it was up for renewal in 2012, either LA cranked up the licence fee or SOE predicted people leaving for SWTOR and did not think it was worth it or both. If they could have seen the future and the massive decline of SWTOR, SWG may not have shut down.

    SWTOR could have been profitable if they were not so ambitious to compete with WOW numbers, and kept the costs right down like SWG.

    After SWTOR I doubt another SW MMO will launch so greatly, but if it is good, it will progessively get better

    3rd time lucky? Make a MMO that is polished and not expensive, but has various features to keep people playing and then expand, but whilst expanding, there are devs / staff to do weekly fun events or a feature to allow players to run awesome events

  • KraylorKraylor Chandler, AZPosts: 94Member

    oops, wrong thread, nm.

    Waiting on: The Repopulation

  • H0urg1assH0urg1ass Austin, TXPosts: 510Member Uncommon

    It's like the first half dozen people posting to this thread didn't bother reading past the title.  It obviously can't be KOTOR 3 if it's set between episodes III and IV!

    I'm totally in favor of Obsidian making another SW game as long as it's single player.  Star Wars is one of those gaming franchises that has been all over the place in terms of good and crappy games.  From the highest heights such as KOTOR and SWG, to the lowest lows like SWTOR and The Force Unleashed series.  I, personally, would love to go back to the single player storytelling of the KOTOR series since we're gonna be stuck with this abomination of an MMO for the next half decade.

    I hope Disney gives them a chance.

  • ignore_meignore_me Apple Valley, CAPosts: 1,987Member
    Yess!! There's no way that it could be worse than SUCKTOR. Bring it.

    Survivor of the great MMORPG Famine of 2011

  • SwaneaSwanea Vegas, NVPosts: 2,368Member Uncommon
    Make it COOP, GO!
  • ktanner3ktanner3 lakeland, FLPosts: 4,074Member Common
    Originally posted by Sovrath

    It will be single player.

    "you know what? There have already been two star wars mmo's created and neither a huge money maker; these games taking years to make and costing millions upon millions of dollars we might not see for quite a while... hmmmm , let's do it again!"

    Or they can look at the successes in the single player/(co-op?) arena and realize that this might be where to go.

    That's where I see it going as well. They ought to rethink the time frame they want to set the game in because the era between episodes 3 and 4 has been done enough. So has the time frame of the movies. Enough of that already. It's been done to death.

    A game set between Episodes 6 and 7 would be interesting because it's all new territory that hasn't been covered yet. It also makes a lot of sense since we have the next movie coming in two years and it's Episode 7.

    This is likely all moot anyways since disney has already stated that they are more interested in mobile and social games. Can't really blame them since MMOs are expensive to make and maintain.

    Currently Playing: Star Wars The Old Republic

  • DraronDraron A town in, KYPosts: 993Member
    It'll be single player (maybe co-op thrown in like NWN). No way they'll make 2 Star Wars MMO's this close together.
  • superniceguysuperniceguy AnchorheadPosts: 2,278Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Draron
    It'll be single player (maybe co-op thrown in like NWN). No way they'll make 2 Star Wars MMO's this close together.

    They have not even pitched the idea to Disney yet, and so doubt it will be released until at least 2015. If it takes as long as SWTOR did, then it will not be released until 2018. Think SWTOR will have run its course by then, if not by the end of this year!  So it will be the only SW MMO when it releases! If it is not a MMO then there will be no SW MMO to play.

  • DamonVileDamonVile Vancouver, BCPosts: 4,818Member

    They wouldn't be able to get the rights to an mmo as long as swtor is runninng anyway.

    and kotor2 may have been a great story when it worked...it was a buggy unfinished nightmare of a game. I wouldn't have much faith in them pulling off an mmo.

  • DraronDraron A town in, KYPosts: 993Member
    Originally posted by superniceguy
    Originally posted by Draron
    It'll be single player (maybe co-op thrown in like NWN). No way they'll make 2 Star Wars MMO's this close together.

    They have not even pitched the idea to Disney yet, and so doubt it will be released until at least 2015. If it takes as long as SWTOR did, then it will not be released until 2018. Think SWTOR will have run its course by then, if not by the end of this year!  So it will be the only SW MMO when it releases! If it is not a MMO then there will be no SW MMO to play.

    Even if it'll be 2018 when it launches, that's still too close together IMO for another Star Wars MMO. Thanks for the laugh of SWTOR running it's course by the end of 2013 though.

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