It's a big day for Bioware. First, Dragon Age scrubs up very nice indeed, and now EA have only bleedin' gone and revealed they're planning Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic: The MMO. Yes, with Bioware at the till. [Pauses for internet-wide cheer]. "As if millions of voices suddenly cried out in rapture and were suddenly fanboys..."
It's been rumoured for ages, but E3 saw EA's John Riccitiello drop a conclusive bombshell. Quote'n'that under the jump.
I've said it before and I'll say it again - I'd better be able to play as a Jawa.
"We've got two of the most compelling MMOs in the industry in development," said Riccitiello. The first title, based on the Warhammer property, will launch soon. "And the one that people are dying for us to talk to them about -- in partnership with Lucas, coming out of BioWare, which is, I think, quite possibly the most anticipated game, full stop, for the industry at the point when we get closer to telling you about it."
Does Riccitiello mean the oft rumored Knights of the Old Republic Online? "Yes," he said.
"Yes" can be such a magical word.
In a way, the Bioware involvement is in many ways the least important element of this. It's a certain seal of quality, sure - and crucially it's the first time they've done Massively Multi - but what's really big here is that it's a Star Wars MMO. From EA. In a post-WoW climate (which puts it on an entirely different footing to poor Galaxies right from the off). In other words, perhaps the most serious rival World of Warcraft could possibly have.
We'll be needing to hear your name suggestions now, please.