Blizzard Likes Star Wars MMO, Continues Describing Next-Gen MMO

Blizzard sees it as "a fact" that BioWare's Star Wars: The Old Republic (PC) will be a great game. From the house of the world's largest game, that's quite a compliment, but COO Paul Sams was quick to offer some advice to the Austin, TX, studio looking to become Blizzard's rival.

Sams warned that BioWare may not be expecting "players smacking them around"--no doubt in reference to an unforgiving Internet public--according to The Blizzard executive also reminded BioWare of the online issues that plague MMO launches.

Star Wars: The Old Republic was finally announced in October

Thanks to the company's service, "we had a level of experience that candidly no other game company had and so a lot of the bumps and bruises that we got would have been substantially, monumentally worse," said Sams of the experience of launching World of Warcraft.

Even for the accomplished BioWare, Sams implied that launching an MMO could still be an uphill battle. "You can have a great developer and you can have a great license but that's not it. Those are two of the key components to give you a shot, and so they [BioWare] have that for sure."

Speaking on Blizzard's next MMO, Sams reiterated Blizzard's intention not to make the new game a sequel to World of Warcraft. "There's no details about it at this point, but while we're doing it that does not suggest that it has to be a sequel," he said.

Instead, the 11-million-strong MMO will continue receiving expansions "for so long as there's a meaningful number of players that are interested in playing it."

Little is known about Blizzard's still-under-wraps "next-gen MMO" other than it is "cool, and new, and different," and potentially headed to consoles.

From The Chatty
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    November 14, 2008 10:12 AM

    i don't recall blizzard's enormous online experience really making the WoW launch particularly smooth. instead i remember my server being down more than it was up. i remember getting a free month of service because it sucked so bad.

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      November 14, 2008 10:26 AM

      I don't know why they keep mentioning how smooth there launch was... I honestly don't think anyone there remembers how much it totally sucked.

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        November 14, 2008 10:35 AM

        Not as badly as Anarchy Online or WW2 Online I suppose. After playing the beta I bought the game and played my first "free" month then dropped it. I remember MalGanis being down but I also remember when groups of Horde players would raid the human city just to make the server crash. It was almost as if trying to break the system was more fun than it running smoothly.

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        November 14, 2008 10:37 AM

        The launch was plauged by too many people trying to play at the same time on to few servers, other than that the game was solid.

        There was free time compensation, but not a month.

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        November 14, 2008 10:44 AM

        Relative to other MMOs it was an very smooth launch. Especially when you consider that not only were there insane amounts of people subbing, but that they didn't expect a number that large.

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      November 14, 2008 10:49 AM

      Blizzard was forecasting a max of 1 million subs for WoW, considering the previously largest sub base in a western MMO was Everquest which maxed at around 500k subs. They were not prepared for the 3 million or so people that flooded their servers at launch.


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        November 14, 2008 11:13 AM

        They had about 450k users at the start, not 3 million. They planned for 200k with a gradual expansion to 400k.

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      November 14, 2008 11:13 AM

      WoW was my 4th MMOG and until that point it had the smoothes launch. The first day there were poeple and that was fine but the trouble didn't start several days later when the servers were slammed. There were a few bugs here and there, but I think it was the sheer amount of players trying to play that really raped the launch.

      Best launch that I've had so far was WAR and AoC was a little buggy too but not too bad. Both games are great BTW, wish I had time to play all 3, let alone 1.

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        November 14, 2008 11:27 AM

        Daoc had a good launch from my recollection as well.

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        November 15, 2008 9:06 PM

        Secretly, I like a bad launch, but only when it's because there are much more players then expected.
        I'd hate to be in a smooth MMO launch just because there is a 1:1 players:servers ratio.
        Instantly feels like you're part of something, and you've got something to whine about in the channels :)

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      November 15, 2008 3:08 AM

      Yeah there was a lot of down time and free days handed out back then. Oh and the loot lag. Fun times.

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