I created this thread because I wanted to see the number who enjoy their games like I have (mass effect 1/2, dragon age, kotor, baldur's gate) but mostly to see what people think about their new mmo coming up. Also if anyone is involved in the Bioware bazaar as well people could post links and give some referal clicks. Mine is http://social.bioware.com/brc/457891 (these just redirect to a random Bioware page, visiting them is just for some community giveaway they're doing)
Anyways if you don't know Bioware, they are known for their good rpgs. While the combat may not always be fleshed out they always have a great story in each of their games. Bioware is currently teaming up with Lucas Arts and working on a new mmo based in the star wars universe. If you're a star wars fan you probably already would like it, but I think Bioware teaming up with them makes it even more worthwhile. One thing Bioware promises about the new mmo swtor (star wars: the old republic) is a game experience with a rich "story" element. This is a really interesting idea for an mmo. One thing that is hard to implement is a changing world when you have thousands of players running around in the same universe. Obviously we even saw this in wow how blizzard aimed to improve that this expansion, using tricks like phasing, and of course the traditional instanced zones or "dungeons".
This sounds like it could make or break the mmo. I think creating an evolving world with a unique story line to your character would be amazing for an mmo, if it is done right. But it will take a lot of work on Bioware's part to perfect something like that. While the "story" is their major hype they seem to at least be trying something other than traditional mmo characteristics for the game. Most predominantly is not using the "holy trinity" of mmo gaming (aka you're either a tank, dps, or healer) and are doing an interesting combat system which currently looks like it will add cover mechanics and and other things into the mix.
Speaking of hype, Electronics Arts, the company who owns Bioware, has said that Swtor will the largest video game project in history. I can believe it too. They have nearly a year left in development and they have stated things such as the amount of voice actors (over 1 thousand) and the lines of script involved (equal to 7 kotor rpgs or something) a number of times. I'm pretty excited for this game, but I just wanted to hear some other peoples opinions. Do you think it will be possible for them to incorporate a personal story and character experience in an mmo? Do you think they'll be able to create a mmo play-style that doesn't use the "holy trinity", but also works well? Will this mmo be the wow killer? Actually just kidding about that last question, let's not start that bullshit. If anyone wants to know more the site is http://www.swtor.com