Also in that trailer I was put off by the Jedi throwing around energy bolts like characters from Street Fighter (I kept expecting her to yell "Hadouken!"). I always thought Jedi (and to some degree Sith) were more about finesse and not over the top theatrical power-spells. It smells like pandering to the lowest common denominator.
Then you have Bioware coming out and acting all arrogant saying current MMOs have no point and that The Old Republic will fix all that:
Bioware designer and writing director Daniel Erickson told CVG that the Mass Effect studio had been disappointed by the "lack of fun" in other MMO titles on the market.While he's not entirely wrong that a lot of MMOs have artificial barriers to "fun" its worth noting that he's just slagged every current player of MMOs as idiots that don't know that what they are doing is not fun. He's also dismissing all of the massive amounts of fun players do have in the current generation of games, be it WoW, Everquest, Eve, etc. It seems like he missed the point.
He said: "In the early days when they first announced that there were MMOs, like the existence of them, I knew in my head what that meant - because I played Role Playing Games. It was just giant Role Playing Games.
"And then MMO [games] showed up, and it wasn't that. It was the ruleset to an RPG: There was combat, and there were areas, but that was all. Someone had left out the module. There was no story, there was no point. You just kind of wandered around. And that hasn't really changed all that much over the years.
"We've always had that thought in the back of our heads: That Old Republic should be all the things we thought an MMO would be in the first place - which is all the parts of an RPG. Which means - and this is the most radical idea - it should just be fun. Like, just fun to play. You shouldn't be trying to ignore all of the content to get to the end as fast as possible."
Which makes me wonder what is he making? How can TOR be so much fun as to obsolete all current MMOs? The mind boggles at the possibilities... no wait, it doesn't. They're going to make the same type of game as has been successful, add in lots of voice acting and story that most players don't give to craps about, and still miss the boat on the true fun in MMOs: other players are the ultimate endgame.
Don't give us another grind to raidfest Bioware, no matter how pretty it is. Star Trek Online already demonstrated that pretty only gets you so far.
Bah, its already too late.