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BioWare Developing New Star Wars: KOTOR Title? Unannounced MMO Not Star Wars-related?

Update: Electronic Arts has clarified has that a new KOTOR title is not necessarily in development at this time, with the slide merely describing "past portfolio releases and the pedigree of the studio."

Original Story: A new Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic game may be in development at BioWare, and it may have nothing to do with the studio's still-unnamed MMO.

During an analyst meeting, a slide presented by EA CEO John Riccitiello credited BioWare with the following projects: Mass Effect, Dragon Age, KOTOR, New MMO. Though Riccitiello did not specifically mention KOTOR in the audio portion of his presentation, it was suggested that all properties on that slide denoted new or upcoming releases.

The separate listings of KOTOR and the unnamed MMO indicate that they are not one and the same, as rumors had previously suggested. However, it is still quite possible that the MMO could be related to Star Wars.

In addition to the recently unveiled PC version of Mass Effect, BioWare is known to be working on the second title in the Mass Effect trilogy. The company's long-awaited return to PC role-playing, Dragon Age, is slated to arrive within studio owner EA's coming fiscal year, which runs April 1, 2008 to March 31, 2009.

BioWare developed the LucasArts-published Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic on Xbox and PC, which was released in 2003 to critical and commercial success. An Obsidian-developed sequel followed, though it did not quite receive its predecessor's unanimous acclaim.

Chris Faylor was previously a games journalist creating content at Shacknews.

From The Chatty
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    February 13, 2008 7:41 AM

    It would be funny if this was actually the announcement of a second Bioware MMO... of course it's not but I was really looking forward to a KotOR MMO :(

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      February 13, 2008 7:47 AM

      nah, there is still a starwars mmo in the works, I dont think this tidbit changes that.

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      February 13, 2008 7:50 AM

      I would prefer a single player KOTOR myself, the Star Wars universe sucks for mmos, everybody wants to be a Jedi.

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        February 13, 2008 8:02 AM

        That's the beauty of the KotOR era, everyone could be variants of Jedi. Guardian is mostly combat with some force, sentinel is a mix and counselor is pretty much pure force. Inside the sentinel and counselor classes you could have choices between buff/debuff abilities, nuking abilities and crowd control. Outside of the Jedi other classes are still viable but the Jedi don't have to be so overpowering compared to everyone else otherwise no one would ever be a non-magic user in other MMOs.

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        February 13, 2008 8:05 AM

        I was thinking the same, unless they design the game with that in mind. Several jedi classes for players (melee, healers, casters, etc) and then non-Jedi are npcs. Not sure if this would work though.

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          February 13, 2008 8:07 AM

          Nothing makes me feel like a jedi more than killing 12 womp rats for random npc #7383

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            February 13, 2008 11:30 AM


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              February 13, 2008 12:15 PM

              You say that but City of Heroes doesn't have that issue...

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            February 13, 2008 2:22 PM

            What if they call you 'padawan' or apprentice or some shit like that until you hit a certain level?

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        February 13, 2008 8:09 AM

        i too would prefer a single player KOTOR sequel, but i still think it's possible for a star wars MMO to be great. honestly, i'd love to be something other than a jedi which is why i liked the idea of galaxies. they gave you the option of having cool professions like bounty hunter and smuggler and made (initially) the task of becoming a jedi difficult. sadly, the actual game sucked hard.

        i think MOST people would want to be a jedi, i don't doubt that... but there's a lot of us who prefer something a little less eccentric. there's a lot more to the star wars universe than jedi.

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        February 13, 2008 1:39 PM

        I don't know why everyone is fixated on being a Jedi. I mean yeah they have the force and a lightsaber, but there's plenty of other professions they could pull from the Star Wars universe that could be implemented in pretty cool ways.

        I personally think being an assassin droid in the style of HK-47 would be pretty kickass.

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      February 13, 2008 2:36 PM

      I played a doctor in SWG and loved every minute of it. =(

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