I hope it does well and proves to be a big mmo. This has all the right things going for it to be just that. Lets hope it proves to be what we all want from it.
On Topic: I'd be worried that they spend too much money on it and it doesn't become popular enough to justify continued expense. I'd be worried that something will happen later down the line with licensing of the Star Wars IP which could cause the game to be shut down. How strong are the agreements with LucasArts to prevent a non-renewal of license after X years?
I'm somewhat stoked, and a little nervous that there'll be lots of hype, but it could get ruined by bad business or bad player base.
Think how long it would take Bioware to write and produce another KOTOR game, even if they could just re-use the existing engine. Now realize that they will probably need to release 2-3 of these annually to keep up with user demand for content, unless they are willing to simply cycle new users in to replace users who complete the content and leave instead of retaiing customers.
I suggest the title of this thread be changed to ''When SWTOR is succesful....''
SWTOR and WoW will share the market and GW2 will get some of the cake too. Till Titan is released. With Titan Blizzard will once again own the market.
I dont think they will Titan is rumoured to be a FPS mmo....unless its mindblowingly good i dont think it will reach the sub lvls of WoW
Even if it is successful due to the foolish blizzard fanbase, if it takes too long to come out people will get settled in other games.
People not liking change is probably the biggest reason WoW is still on top despite far superior companies and some superior games.
If Titan is a shooter MMO I don't think there is as much crossover in the MMORPG community and the FPS community as some people think.
I think we can probably look at what Bioware has done with DLC for Dragon Age 1/2, and Mass Effect 1/2 to see where things might go as far as speed. All of those games had fully voiced content added to them after launch, albeit with a fee. (You can see some figures on release dates here http://masseffect.wikia.com/wiki/Downloadable_Content)
I think swtor is the next big mmo. Wow is already on its last legs imo. If they do just another 5 level increase with the next expansion pretty much kiss it goodbye imo. Players won't be able to stay interested in the game but it would be odd going from 85-95. Then Metzen was saying wow ends at level 100 so guessing 2-3 expansions maybe? SWTOR has alot of possiblities I think. You don't have people like Metzen there placing jaina proudmoore and other npcs at every advantage point from open war starting out . They took the war out of wow and added more politics to the game. It's sad , no war for warcraft =( . All raids are mainly about both sides joining forces to take on some villain instead of them facing each other. Not to mention every patch just caters to pve players. No new pvp stuff added only when a new expansion is released. Pvpers I feel are being given the short end of the stick, with blizz devs being to lazy to give them some lovin to.
I'm sure it will be successful, and the competition will cause other MMOs to step up their game. Sounds like a win/win situation to me.
I hope Star Wars The Old Republic and Guild Wars 2 are successful along with with Warcraft.Competition breeds excellence along with new ideas.
"Chaos boils in my veins."
TOR doesn't need to pull from WoW to be a success, although I'm sure there will be a good percentage that at least try it out. Bioware is banking more on getting those people that loved KOTOR, Dragon Age, Mass Effect, and their other games, that have never played MMO's to come and try it out. They are going to work hard into showing those single player gamers that MMO's aren't all evil and playing with other people, even if you don't know them, can be an enjoyable experience.