LucasArts and RPG mavericks BioWare confirmed a formidable entry into the MMORPG genre with Star Wars: The Old Republic, during a press event on Tuesday.
The MMORPG was presumably a major factor in EA’s decision to buy BioWare for $860 million back in 2007.
Rumors have been swirling for years regarding a BioWare Star Wars MMO, with EA CEO John Riccitiello confirming as much at E3 in July.
BioWare Austin is developing the title. It has only been announced for PC.
It will be BioWare’s first MMORPG. No release date has been announced.
There are 12 full-time writers committed to The Old Republic’s story, and in typical BioWare fashion, story will play a key role in the MMORPG, according to IGN.
The creative director on the project is James Ohlen, who’s credited on titles including Jade Empire, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Neverwinter Nights and Baldur’s Gate.
BioWare co-founder Ray Muzyka said that the company has been wanting to make an MMO for a decade, but was waiting for the right partners and the right IP. And Star Wars is about as strong as an IP can get.
Thanks to IGN for the pic.