Author: Justin Taylor
So many times the entertainment industry has leaned on each other for new development. In the case of movies and video games, there are new examples of releases in both sectors every year that can either disappoint or leave fans hanging. With a franchise as loved as the Star Wars movies have been, the video game counterparts have come under some scrutiny over time. This winter the franchise is taking a strong turn with the release of The Old Republic in December. Thanks to a strong response in early testing weekends and positive initial reviews, there seems to be great interest from people looking to buy SWTOR during the holiday season.
A large part of the strong response thus far is tied to the developers BioWare and LucasArts, who have released the game for multiple testing sessions throughout the month of November. Not only have these video game releases allowed players to get a first look at the release, but it has also benefited the developers’ ability to work out any final problems ahead of the holiday release. During the initial SWTOR testing weekends in November, there were over one million hours logged in each session, including use from hundreds of thousands of people. As a result of the testing sessions in November, there have already been some overly positive reviews, especially in comparisons with the last Star Wars release.
Early reviews of Star Wars the Old Republic have been rather telling, primarily because there’s seemingly a great upgrade over the “Galaxies” release. Much of the attention is on the storyline of the Old Republic. Of course, the Star Wars franchises have a strong background with the movie titles adding to a solid back story. Old Republic will have great cut scenes that strengthen the story of the game. These cut scenes will include the ability to create dialogue, adding heavy personality and creativity to game play.
This release for BioWare and LucasArts will certainly be held to a high standard, especially with the early toast of positive reviews that are coming in. The big proving point for the release will be the success of the game in comparison to some of the older and proven PC online multiplayer games that have enjoyed good numbers for years, such as World of Warcraft. The developers see this release not only as a good title for long time fans of the Star Wars franchise, but also for casual gamers who are simply interested in playing a game with a solid story line.
A number of other improvements will drive holiday sales for SWTOR, including improved crafting, grouping and user interface. Testing sessions are continuing up until the December 20 release date to spread some more hype, as well as weed out any other problems in the process. With a huge response to the testing sessions in November, as well as a variety of initial positive reviews, expect Star Wars the Old Republic to be an exciting release for gamers and the Star Wars faithful this holiday season.
Take a look at this trailer to tide you over until Star Wars The Old Republic lands: