BioWare is working on an online action-adventure game

    
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SWTOR studio BioWare is working on yet another new game, and it’s at least partly an online one, Electronic Arts confirmed in its 3FQ 2017 investor call yesterday.

“And at the end of the fiscal year, our BioWare studio will be delivering an all-new IP – a clean-sheet design with new concepts, new gameplay mechanics, and new stories set in a unique new universe. This game has the potential to fundamentally disrupt the way people think about an action title, bringing friends together to play in exhilarating new ways. We’re very excited about the future of this new franchise and its ability to attract a large global audience.”

EA clarified that it’s an action-adventure game, not an RPG, though it will have the “great RPG character development and story progression that BioWare is known for.”

Electronic Arts’ net revenue was up quarter over quarter and year over year, chiefly thanks to strong holiday sales, Fifa, Battlefield, Titanfall, and mobile titles like Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes. Star Wars: The Old Republic was not directly referenced on the call but was included in its list of top console/PC live services.

Source: EA. Cheers, Sally!
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Johnathen Roberts

With how disappointing SWTOR was (granted still played it a bit because star wars), I’m not very hyped at all for any of their future mmo products. Maybe if they picked up the Matrix IP.

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wayshuba

Forbes just did an article yesterday where it is rumored this is going to be a “loot shooter” in the vein of Destiny or The Division, since EA does not have a title to compete in this space.

What is disconcerting, however, is that BWA was put to work on this title in 2012, the first full year of SWTORs existence. That would explain why SWTOR has had such small content updates compared to almost every other AAA MMO on the market.

Additionally, this “secret project” is getting close to launch as indicated by the CEO of EA. Which means we should be hearing more about it soon. That said, it would seem once launched BWA will need to put all resources on this title as content updates are paramount to success. So what does that mean for SWTOR?

Also, just a clarification on the article, since I also happen to be a shareholder. SWTOR was NOT included in a list of TOP sub service games, it was simply included in the list of titles that make up their sub services. Notably, however, it the logo was listed at the top in the previous quarter and now has been moved down to the bottom.

The simple fact that SWTOR got no mention at all in this quarterly update considering it had just launched and “expansion” is rather telling though.

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Malcolm Swoboda

My prediction so far:

2017 – MEA (and DLC), New IP, SWTOR ‘Throne’ status (endgame, features)
2018 – MEA DLC, New IP support, SWTOR ‘final act’ (where 1.0 and 2.0-3.0 was the ‘ME1’, the Eternal Empire arc is the ‘ME2’, this may be at least the heading towards the ‘ME3’), maybe DA4
2019 – maybe New IP support, dunno where SWTOR will be, maybe DA4 (and DLC)

I won’t say SWTOR is on its last legs, but I will say that its heading there. Its been active 5 years and we’re dealing with EA – a slow drawdown while milking the game more and more for cosmetics and random boxes is in its future; that’s not to say it won’t get content or major expansions, but I think putting us on the Throne is part of drawing things ‘down’, not up. Doesn’t mean there won’t be interesting story or new single player or group content.

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Hirku

BioWare is working on an action-adventure game??!!
So in other words, the same thing they’ve been doing for almost a decade? Ba dum tss!

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Nate Woodard

Meh. Also… why did we change to this new system? What is it even? Ugh.. I’m not a fan.

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Hirku

See the last article for 1/31 for the FAQ. The transition is still in progress.

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Malcolm Swoboda

The more they distance from RPG, the less excited I’ve ever been for a Bioware game.

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Schmidt.Capela

In the old, pre-EA Bioware I had faith.

In the current Bioware? Sorry, I will only believe the game is good when the game is done and with a bunch of reviews showing that it’s indeed a good game. And even then I’m very unlikely to purchase it unless EA stops selling PC games exclusively through Origin.

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Paragon Lost

So a Bioware version of Overwatch, Diablo or Hearthstone?

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Nerevar

Wouldn’t call it propaganda as much as them just being inclusive, but other than that I agree. Miss the old Bioware.

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Malcolm Swoboda

‘Propaganda’ is such a loaded (and indeed, ‘propagandic’) term, but it is sorta there by definition, and I’m gay if that matters.

Unless the bare presence of LGBT sexualities counts as propaganda, KOTOR didn’t have it, nor JE. If DAO or ME1 had it, it was basic (Zevran’s written perspective, Asari explanations of sex). ME2 didn’t really do stuff. DA2 was a little forward and ‘gayified’ Anders but that’s more clumsy writing than political.

But ME3 with Bioware made it a *point* that LGBT were there and an equal choice and it mattered to have it, in defiance of the bigots. That’s a little propagandic even if its marketing with a result that I enjoy.

And then DAI I have to say was outright propagandic. A particular example is Krem, where the barrier from writer/company and player/audience is super thin, as we’re being near lectured to that Krem IS a man, PERIOD. Krem isn’t just there and we can passively enjoy or pass over him, nor is there a greater choice where we can accept or reject his transness, but instead we get a bunch of mostly rude choices in conversation and then we get Iron Bull all but rebuking us for saying such thing and here’s the lesson about who Krem is you bigot. At least that’s how these sorts of scenes come off as. That we’ve lost the fiction of the world, and now we’re just into the social politics of the writer. Of course the fiction will be informed by whatever bias the author has – this is humanity since ever – but there’s a difference between being shown something through a story, and being told the truth of the author and insisted to accept it. Gay content through these games might have approached this level, but Krem material in DAI and maybe the gay material in it may have *arguably* reached it.

All this said, I see constant overreaction. I just did it myself, to some extent. That overreaction to LGBT content what annoys or sometimes disturbs me more than anything Bioware has done. And frankly, if they even outright want to throw up their hands and go “Yeah! Fine! We want equality for LGBT and we’re totally happy to actively push it through our media!” I go ‘great’ and people can just not buy the game if they don’t like it. But I do have to say, that at least technically, Bioware game come off as more and more LGBT propagandic with nearly every title (not so much ME2).

Keep in mind that I’m defining it not by it being ‘inclusive’, but by it ‘making a point to the player about being inclusive for this particular divisive thing’. Even positive messages to you or I can be propaganda, if its expressed with a sense of bias and with an intent to push forth particular changes outside of the media. When it got to the Krem stuff, it finally reached the point of arguably trying to *shame* players who didn’t accept trans identity, and when it got to the Dorian stuff, it finally reached the point of arguably trying to *shame* players who would ever have any issues with their children having gay identity. If your response to this is ‘good, that should happen and they should be shamed through this media’, then that’s just it – you’re implicitly (though maybe not consciously) endorsing propaganda. Its going to keep being of propaganda until its no longer an overtly political issue. Its still an overtly political issue, even in the West (though parts of it may finally be post this, but only parts).

Its just I don’t really have any particularly bad feelings about propaganda in itself. I think the term has gained a really bad reputation by now, but we’re always going to have propaganda and it always has use, so, whatever man. I just advice people to not take propaganda as the necessarily objective truth, that’s all.

Sorry, long rant.

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Witches

So much info!
I mean, i get hyped for anything BW but this is a bit thin.
As long as its more ME than DA i’ll be happy.

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MrNastyButler

Meh really. I mean…I guess it might be interesting. But right now, I could care less.