BioWare delays SWTOR 5.2 for a week, might be working on KOTOR 3 and a ‘semi-MMO’

Let’s rip off this band-aid quickly: There will be no SWTOR Update 5.2 today. BioWare announced on the forums that it is delaying the patch, which contains the MMO’s first new raid in two years, to next week. In the meantime, SWTOR will be extending its XP/CXP event through the 18th as compensation.

The studio said that the delay was due to a quality issue with the update: “At this point in time, we are not satisfied with the quality of the Iokath update. For that reason, we are delaying the release of 5.2 by one week, to release on April 18th. This allows the team more time to make improvements to address some of the issues still pending.”

And as one Old Republic game sees a delay, another might be forthcoming. Scuttlebutt this week is that BioWare Edmonton is working on a Knights of the Old Republic game. The rumor’s source said that it is unclear whether this is a remake of the original, a revival of the franchise, or something else entirely, but that BioWare is currently working on Star Wars games exclusively.

The new Star Wars game appears to be different from another co-op game with a new IP discussed as part of the same leak, which one of the sources “described […] as a ‘semi-MMO’,” according to the journalist who broke the story, Liam Robertson. Expect more details at E3.

Update: The KOTOR 3 rumor has been partially retracted by the journalist who broke it. He told Kotaku that he likely misheard and didn’t expect to be quoted on the front page of damn near everything. “Let me clarify that I don’t think KOTOR’s a current project. From the same people I learned about Dylan from, I did hear that they prototyped a KOTOR revival at Austin a while back. I believe it may have evolved into something else since then or fizzled out since then. I’m still confident Austin is doing something Star Wars related though and I’m confident in that. I actually did know that they were contributing towards Dylan since I originally found out about it when I was researching Austin’s Shadow Realms, so if I said exclusively, then that was admittedly a mistake.”
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Jokerchyld

MMO lite means online play to me, which is the future as it is a strong detractor to piracy. Since you can’t pirate an online game, and it supports residual income for each IP. Make a base game. Extend with cheaper/smaller DLC online. The evolution will be how to make going between single-player content and multi-player content seamless and economical.

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amkosh

I wouldn’t be surprised if this KOTOR game is just SWTOR, but they make it a 2-4 person coop game and remove all the larger multiplayer. Something like Funcom is doing for TSW….

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Crowe

Isn’t SWTOR itself a semi-mmo?

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Alien Legion

The bonus XP event on SWTOR cracks me up.

They introduced level scaling game wide. Levels are irrelevant, there is no progression. Experience is pointless, what difference does it matter if you collect pointless XP 100% faster? Is it 100% more pointless?

If you are level 7 or 70, what difference does it matter? The most powerful Sith in generations and you still need to fight swamp bats which are mysteriously at the same level as you.

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Arktouros

I’m so burned on the words that people use and the context that they use them I don’t know what any of this means anymore. They say something like “MMO Lite” and really it’s some 4v4 MOBA title that hundreds or thousands play so clearly it’s massively multiplayer!

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amkosh

By the old definition, a MMO was 64 or more players in the same place doing the same content, either via PvE or PvP. most 4v4 MOBAs have thousands of people grouped in 6-10 players per place which is not the same. If you want to know the difference look up some of the old UO content which had a few hundred players raiding a dungeon at once, or Everquest 70 man raids. I’m sure there are probably videos of this, and you’ll see its not the same as a MOBA or really any modern multiplayer game which is called an MMO.

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wayshuba

Semi-MMO is something EA does in almost any game now. That means a game with a 4 or 5 hour mediocre campaign with a multi-player online Call of Duty style battlefield game with RNG gambling boxes out the wazoo. It is the same for every game they do today.

BioWare (as a company) no longer exists. It is wholly EA now and BW is just a brand. As such, all they are doing is pumping out the EA game formula for every game they do. Which is why ME3, ME:A and the last couple years of SWTOR have all been a bunch of micro-transaction rip-off garbage.

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Rottenrotny

Oh boy! A ‘semi-MMO’! Just what I wanted!

Said no one ever.

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Fenryr Grey

except every solo- MMORPG- player ever :(

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Crowe

I don’t think I’ve ever heard a solo MMORPG player say that either. You could be the first, if you say it! :)

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Rottenrotny

Yeah I suppose. I’m just being facetious.
But I do hate this trend of taking the MM out of MMORPG.

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BDJ

Face it. People don’t want to interact in MMOs anymore. If they did, there would be more focus on the MM. A game like vanilla FFXI would probably die pretty fast today.

I do wonder though. SWTOR is already a semi-mmo. Why make another. It has to be a survival game. I dont know what else it could be. Survival or CCG.

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Rottenrotny

fair points. Though I do feel there are still some people who want to do the classic MMO thing, but I suspect you are correct about a lot of newer games to the genre.

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BDJ

Honestly, a semi-MMO is probably a Star Wars survival game just like H1Z1, Conan Exiles, Ark, etc.

And honestly, Id play the holy hell out of it. Build blasters, T-21s. Fight rancors. PvP against other players. Star Wars type land with star wars architecture.

Id throw my money at it in a heartbeat.

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Sarigar

Make each server group a different world with its own challenges: Tatooine, Dathomir, Belsavis, Onderon, Hoth, etc. Players could make a character on each world, and do their best to survive!

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Crow

Dathomir survival with force witches…

Sounds grand.

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BDJ

Oh man. Yea. The possibilities….

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Bree Royce

We have updated our post with the statement from the journalist who broke the KOTOR story; he has partially retracted the original claim and clarified the situation.

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Crow

Too good to be true is always too good to be true :/

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Cypher

Bet its a frickin mobile game.

/angrysigh