SWTOR post-mortem: it’s more innovative than an FPS

Labelling Star Wars: The Old Republic competent but not innovative is “unfair”, BioWare told Eurogamer – the MMO does more than today’s FPS and action games to push its respective genre forward.

“It’s been a little bit of an unfair characterisation,” SWTOR game director James Ohlen remarked to Eurogamer. “Because if you look at other game genres, if you look at a Battlefield or a Call of Duty or a Gears of War or even a Half-Life – those games use the same tried and true interface and the same tried and true game mechanics of the first-person shooter genre that’s been around for 20 years.

“If you look at real-time strategy games, they kept the same tried and true interface and the same tried and true mechanics that existed for 20 years. Same with adventure games, same with platformers, same with fighting games, sports games.

“I don’t know why the MMORPG genre is not considered to be a genre,” Ohlen shrugged. “It could be that World of Warcraft has dominated for so long that people just think of it as just a single game genre.

“But it is a genre, and we wanted to appeal to fans of that genre – we don’t want to turn them away by making something that’s radically different. And we wanted to take the lessons that have been developed in that genre over years and years and years and basically refine them, much like other companies do with other genres.
Via www.eurogamer.net

Comments

  1. Budabelly says:

    Amen. One of the things that ruins Part 2 of many game titles is when they try to completely revamp the entire system. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

  2. Budabelly says:

    Amen. One of the things that ruins Part 2 of many game titles is when they try to completely revamp the entire system. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

  3. If anyone is going to be bringing innovation to this genre any time soon, it’s ArenaNet with Guild Wars 2, imo.

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