LucasArts, BioWare Confirm MMO ‘Star Wars: The Old Republic’

Just a few moments ago, LucasArts president Darrell Rodriguez confirmed their rumored collaboration with BioWare for a “Star Wars” PC MMO.

It’s called “Star Wars: The Old Republic.”

“There’s been some rumors recently in the past few months,” joked BioWare co-founder Dr. Ray Muzyka. “We thought about ’Howard the Duck’ MMO, but maybe that’s a little too crazy, a little too far out there.”

Muzyka described “The Old Republic” as a story-based MMO, and they’ve wanted to make a game like this for over a decade now. He describes “The Old Republic” as the fan-requested “’Knights of the Old Republic’ 3, 4, 5, 6 and beyond.”

The game is now playable, though we won’t be playing the game at LucasArts’ event today. Right now, they’re focusing on tweaking gameplay at LucasArts, BioWare and Electronic Arts and said we’ll be seeing more of the gameplay “soon.”

The graphics look stylized. But while not realistic, they’re not as extreme as say, the animated “Clone Wars” movie.

BioWare’s emphasis is on story. They described story as the “fourth pillar” that has yet to be explored in online games. “The Old Republic” will tell a “powerful” story set thousands of years before the “Star Wars” movies. It’s the same setting as the popular “Knights of the Old Republic” games.

But they did show a trailer to set the stage for the game. The video was completely story-centric, but gave away few details and showed no in-game footage from “The Old Republic.” The emphasis of the trailer was on the fight between good vs. evil. “Who will you choose?” the teaser asked.

A rep for the game said the developers are only talking about a PC release today, declining to address whether there will be console versions.

We’ll be interviewing LucasArts and BioWare today about “The Old Republic.” Stay tuned for more details.