So, yes, the much anticipated Knights of the Old Republic Online has been announce, though the name will actually be:
Fears that it would be a spin-off of the Clone Wars animated series have proven false.
And, to paraphrase an episode of the Flintstone’s, “What’s their angle?”
From the FAQ:
How does Star Wars: The Old Republic differ from other MMO titles?
Star Wars: The Old Republic will be similar to other MMOs but with several key innovations. Traditionally MMOs are built on three pillars; Exploration, Combat, and Progression. We at BioWare and LucasArts believe there is a fourth pillar: Story. Our mission is to create the best story-driven games in the world. We believe that the compelling, interactive storylines in Star Wars: The Old Republic are a significant innovation to MMOs and will offer an entertainment experience unlike any other.
Raph, how could you have missed that angle the first time around, Jedi-poet-designer that you are?
Certainly BioWare is good with story.
LucasArts… well, it isn’t like they personally directed Star Wars episodes I-III.
(And, as an aside, those of you who decry the betrayal that was episodes I-III, how can you sleep at night giving episode VI a pass? Episodes I-III don’t grate on me because I’ve felt betrayed for 25 years by Star Wars: The Muppet Movie. Jar-Jar and midi-chlorians were nothing when I knew the Ewok army was going to defeat the Empire in the end.)
So, interesting times are coming. When they are coming… well, no release date has been announced.
But we have a title now!