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Star Wars: The Old Republic: EA Scores Multi-Game Publishing Rights to Star Wars Titles

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  • simpliussimplius nakskovPosts: 1,043Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Chrisbox
    Originally posted by MikeB
    Originally posted by JeroKane

    WHAHAHA! I just don't know if I can't stop laughing........... or crying really.

    I guess this marks the end of Star Wars for gamers at least. /sad

    Bit melodramatic, I think. Who else could you have realistically seen this license going to?

    Personally, I'd love to see Battlefront 3 finally get made as a Frostbite-powered game. As for future Star Wars MMOs, I'm not going to touch that one (today ;)).

    Not a bit melodramatic..At this point I dont want to touch an EA game after all the letdowns.  I do want to play a star wars game though.

    same here

    but after this announcement,, i guess it will take more than a decade, before we get one

    and who knows, if im still alive by then,,a sad day indeed

  • birdycephonbirdycephon Salt Lake City, UTPosts: 1,314Member
    Originally posted by SBFord

    Kotaku is reporting that EA has scored licensing privileges to publish and develop games based on the Star Wars intellectual property. According to Kotaku, both EA and BioWare will work on games based on the IP.

    “Every developer dreams of creating games for the Star Wars universe,” said EA Labels president Frank Gibeau in a statement. “Three of our top studios will fulfill that dream, crafting epic adventures for Star Wars fans. DICE and Visceral will produce new games, joining the BioWare team which continues to develop for the Star Wars franchise. The new experiences we create may borrow from films, but the games will be entirely original with all new stories and gameplay.”

    Read the full report at the link above.

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    Strangly, I'm okay with this.

  • jandrsnjandrsn Minneapolis, MNPosts: 187Member
    Ah well, I guess that's it for me and star wars then. They have consistently abused the liscense for money, but throwing it all to 'day-one download, forced online play so we can dangle microtransactions at you all the time but we'll say it's to prevent piracy cause we both know it isn't but what are ya gonna do, our customers have told us they want 70% complete products' EA just put the last nail in that coffin.
  • firefly2003firefly2003 Los Angeles, CAPosts: 2,555Member
    Originally posted by gwarf

    I almost never post, just lurk.

     

    This is terrible news.

     

    I would say this would be like giving all future Star Wars movies to Michal Bay. (Yup, it's that bad)

     

    Yup, I think that about sums up my feelings:-(

    They already did that with the new SW film coming in 2015 with J.J Abrams (modern Michael Bay)

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  • ignore_meignore_me Apple Valley, CAPosts: 1,987Member
    Originally posted by BadOrb

    So yeah , I even thought about what superniceguy said before I read it , might shut it down but if you think carefully about it  then  well it's making money and it would take 5 years at least to make an MMO then NOPE. Also was good too see Ignore Me trying to find a new hobby as well no more propaganda from me  ( i guessed it right or at least read into the guys quote ) . Tie fighter seems upset too. Really enjoyed reading sevenstar's posts "go for it girl!".

    So all in all it seems like SWTOR with it's 2.3 boxes or digital initial sales nad the Freemium change over has been profitable , read that PROFITABLE. How do I  know ? Well O EA execs "Disney bought LUCAS OUT WTF!! They also shut LUCASARTS OMGBBQWAFFLES!!!!!! SO SWTOR is doing badly , so et's buy the gaming frnchise to make less money ha ha "

    At least it will shut the SWG crowd down , err yeah right............

    Cheers,

    BadOrb.

    I'm big enough to say that I was wrong and you were right. What you were saying was so repugnant to me that I reacted strongly, and without the facts. So I apologize.

    But,

    This genre is in an inexorable slide into stupidity, excused and mitigated by the lack of subscription fees by F2P, and now the Star Wars IP will lead that charge.

    fin

     

    Survivor of the great MMORPG Famine of 2011

  • MerklynnMerklynn FLUSHING, NYPosts: 87Member Uncommon
    I'm a sucker for Star Wars so even if a title ends up just so so I can only blame myself for supporting it. I never got too far in SWTOR but if EA can get a new SW Battlefront out based on the upcoming sequels I'll be happy.
  • orionblackorionblack Wichita Falls, TXPosts: 474Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by DavisFlight
    Originally posted by Precusor
    Originally posted by superniceguy
    Originally posted by Sevenstar61
    At least one happy camper here LOL. That means that SWTOR is here to stay for a long time :) Nothing could make me happier that this announcement :)

    No necessarily, it could mean that they shut down SWTOR so they can focus on other SW games that actually gets them a profit

    Why? SWTOR still has allot of players

    A lot of free to play users != a lot of actual paying players. If the game was doing well it wouldn't have lost most of its dev staff and merged all the servers.

    True this, what i'm thinking is (bear with me please)..maybe,just maybe they shut down the mmo and make a proper Old Republic title for pc and consoles. I really still hold on to my belief that if SWToR was released as a single player game with online options it would have been a TREMENDOUS hit, not the fail mmo it is. And before someone says that they got a million registered accounts, in a free to play title that means nothing really.

  • GhavriggGhavrigg Halifax, NSPosts: 777Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by SuperDonk
    Originally posted by Sevenstar61
    Originally posted by InsaneDalek

    Meh, no big deal. I'll reserve judgment until I actually see what they're going to do. There's at least a little potential here. DICE doing SW Battlefront 3 could be awesome. Also, I think Visceral Games could do very well with a Dead Space style game featuring lightsaber combat...

    Wait and see, I suppose.

    I could not say it better. All this prejudice without even knowing what's ahead of us is... illogical.

    What is illogical is ignoring the past, especially the recent past.

    Exactly what I was gonna say.

  • WizardryWizardry Ontario, CanadaPosts: 8,453Member Uncommon

    Well to be honest ,not many can handle an Epic title such as the Star Wars Ip.However to also be honest EA/Bioware did not do a good enough  job,they did not give this title the love it deserved.So imo they had their chance.IMO they are simply trying to keep other hands off this IP.

    IMO they did and always will make money off the IP alone,weather they put out a good product or not.Also imo i would rather see SOE again.I  know  they can be generic as well ,but i still feel they would do a better job.As a gamer that is all we can ask for right,is to do a little better next time or bonus if they do a LOT better.

    I would be more understanding if SWTOR was done by an Indie develoepr with little cash,but this is a giant who has the money to do itright but chose to go a little on the cheap end and imo rush the product out.


    Samoan Diamond

  • DistopiaDistopia Baltimore, MDPosts: 16,912Member Uncommon

    Meanwhile at EA HQ...

    EA Corporate offices -" All studios hault production of your current projects and begin reskinning them into Star Wars immediately."

    For every minute you are angry , you lose 60 seconds of happiness."-Emerson

    It is a sign of a defeated man, to attack at ones character in the face of logic and reason- Me

  • CaldrinCaldrin CwmbranPosts: 4,533Member Uncommon

    Worse news this year..

     

    Now we will get a bunch of very expensive games with most of the content only available via additional DLC..

     

    Good bye star wars games.. I was really hopnig Disney would do somthing good but sadly they went with EA the company voted the worst in the US two years in a row..

     

    Good work

  • jpnzjpnz SydneyPosts: 3,529Member
    Originally posted by orionblack
     

    True this, what i'm thinking is (bear with me please)..maybe,just maybe they shut down the mmo and make a proper Old Republic title for pc and consoles. I really still hold on to my belief that if SWToR was released as a single player game with online options it would have been a TREMENDOUS hit, not the fail mmo it is. And before someone says that they got a million registered accounts, in a free to play title that means nothing really.

    EA is on public record saying the F2P SWTOR is actually performing beyond what they expected.

    Whether you know enough about financial disclosures to understand why that statement has to be true is another question.

    Gdemami -
    Informing people about your thoughts and impressions is not a review, it's a blog.

  • WalterWhiteWalterWhite CardiffPosts: 394Member Uncommon

    Star Wars is one of, if not the most recognised movie based franchise on this planet that has spawned many other incarnations from games, books, videogames, cartoons, clothing and more and generates billions of dollars per year. But, it seems like the videogames part of that whole cash generating Star Wars behemoth still doesn't have as much straight forward direction as the other parts.

    For years, there have been many mediocre Star Wars games and a few have been excellent but they are few and far between, many years ago and usually end up getting poor sequels.

    What is going on, it's Star Wars ffs, the games shouldn't be that hard to inject with fun, excitement, passion and adventure like the movies they are based on but they are put in the hands of unimaginative developer drones who only see $$$$$ in front of there eyes. 

    The future doesn't look any better now which is a shame as I bet anyone here could come up with a better idea for a game than the people making them.

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  • alakramalakram malagaPosts: 2,223Member Uncommon
    SWToR must be doing it good if they got that deal.

    -=AlaKraM=-
    Don't fight against poverty, fight against greed.
    My Lord of the Rings Gallery

  • DocBrodyDocBrody EldridgePosts: 1,820Member
    WTH. The only real Star Wars type game will be Star Citizen. I´ll stick with that. It will be better than anything EAware is able to come up with.
  • ShakyMoShakyMo BradfordPosts: 7,207Member
    Oh dear

    Close Lucas arts
    Hand all sw games to ea.

    Guess we are in for several years of shite sw games to cash in on the new movies then.
  • DreskestDreskest El Paso, TXPosts: 69Member

    ROFL These news mean we are going to have all the silly bitter people bitching and moaning for years to come on websites like this.

     

    EA must be pretty happy about this. Lots of free advertising since it's obvious that getting voted worst company in America only brings big bucks into their pockets.

     

    Well played EA, and by the way, I have no problems sending more money your way.

  • ThaneThane berlinPosts: 2,232Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by MikeB
    Originally posted by JeroKane

    WHAHAHA! I just don't know if I can't stop laughing........... or crying really.

    I guess this marks the end of Star Wars for gamers at least. /sad

    Bit melodramatic, I think. Who else could you have realistically seen this license going to?

    Personally, I'd love to see Battlefront 3 finally get made as a Frostbite-powered game. As for future Star Wars MMOs, I'm not going to touch that one (today ;)).

    forgelight > frostbite

    "I'll never grow up, never grow up, never grow up! Not me!"

  • AnthurAnthur StolbergPosts: 686Member Uncommon

    So the chances to get a better, different Star Wars MMO anytime soon are 1 million to one or less. Anyway, having said this...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=As0v-tzU-PY

  • Mors.MagneMors.Magne LondonPosts: 1,420Member

    EA Games have had so many failures that I don't know how they are still doing business.

     

    Here is a list of their games - look at all the game that turned out to be really disappointing:

     

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electronic_Arts#Notable_games_published

  • ShakyMoShakyMo BradfordPosts: 7,207Member
    Thane
    Yeah, imagine if Sony had the license, could have an awesome battle of both using lightforge.
  • AbimorAbimor phoenix, AZPosts: 329Member Uncommon
    Well this just makes me sad look at what ea has done with madden with no competition.
  • ShakyMoShakyMo BradfordPosts: 7,207Member
    Great starwars games made by Lucas arts
    X wing
    Tie fighter
    Dark forces
    Jedi knight
    Jedi knight 2
    Jedi academy
    Battlefront 1
    Battlefront 2
    Etc..

    Great statwars games made by ea
    Err...............

    Stupid Disney.
  • sumo0sumo0 odensePosts: 115Member
    No more Star Wars for me i guess. Star Trek is far superior anyways.
  • superniceguysuperniceguy AnchorheadPosts: 2,278Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by BadOrb

    So yeah , I even thought about what superniceguy said before I read it , might shut it down but if you think carefully about it  then  well it's making money and it would take 5 years at least to make an MMO then NOPE. Also was good too see Ignore Me trying to find a new hobby as well no more propaganda from me  ( i guessed it right or at least read into the guys quote ) . Tie fighter seems upset too. Really enjoyed reading sevenstar's posts "go for it girl!".

    So all in all it seems like SWTOR with it's 2.3 boxes or digital initial sales nad the Freemium change over has been profitable , read that PROFITABLE. How do I  know ? Well O EA execs "Disney bought LUCAS OUT WTF!! They also shut LUCASARTS OMGBBQWAFFLES!!!!!! SO SWTOR is doing badly , so et's buy the gaming frnchise to make less money ha ha "

    At least it will shut the SWG crowd down , err yeah right............

    Cheers,

    BadOrb.

    Star Wars is always profitable but as SWTOR, I doubt it is profitable. It cost loads to make, and takes 500k subs or the equivalent of $7.5 million per month to break even, as what Frank of EA said.

    They will get more money releasing a single player SW game each year for $60 or more, and then milking it with tonnes of DLC, Dead Space 3 style, than trying to keep SWTOR running.

    eg 2014 -KOTOR 3, 2015 KOTOR 4, 2016 KOTOR 5 etc etc

    At least if SWTOR does get shut down, the devs will not lose their jobs.

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