There are rumors floating around that Bioware is working on two things right now, first they seem to be working on a new MMO project. Kotaku has an article about some of the MMO rumors and is speculating that the new MMO is not going to be based on KOTOR. However, if you look at the team being put together for Bioware’s new Austin, Texas based MMORPG division, you’ll notice some interesting choices in lead designers and developers. Leading the design team is James Ohlen, who’s previous work includes Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. Also, coming over from Star Wars Galaxies developer Sony Online Entertainment’s MMO team are Richard Vogel and Gordon Walten.
This is all of course speculation on which title will be Bioware’s first MMO as they have several great past games that could be big hits in the MMORPG world. Some of their popular title include Neverwinter Nights, Baldur’s Gate, Mass Effect and of course Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic.
Add to that rumor mill this excerpt from 1Up.com:
“This is a role-playing game set in the historical past of the Star Wars universe. Jedi and Sith battle across the galaxy with the power of the Force and are joined by soldiers, politicians and nobles. Players must choose the destinies of heroes and villains in a thrilling and dangerous universe.”
Historical past? Jedi and Sith battling across the galaxy? To we Star Wars nerds, that sounds quite a bit like the “Old Republic” timeline, which BioWare Senior Writer Drew Karpyshyn helped flesh out with the KOTOR series and by penning the Darth Bane novels.
The script goes on to show an exchange between the player and a character named Fuse, a naive bomb designer. The portions of the script that we received are fairly heavy with dialog, which isn’t typical for an MMORPG, but it does read very much like a script to a KOTOR game. This could mean that the two projects are still separate. On the other hand, the game was described to the tipster as an MMO, and “heavy dialog” is practically BioWare’s calling card.”
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