Nov 2, 2010

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Ray Muzyka talks TOR – Business models and consoles

Late last week, IGN’s Game Scoop! podcast had the opportunity to ask BioWare’s Ray Muzyka a few questions. While the interview covered a broad scope of what’s happening at BioWare, there were a few that may be of particular interest to fans of The Old Republic.

One item of note, near the beginning of his segment, he indicated he says that he doesn’t think they’ve talked about a release window for TOR yet… which of course we know that BioWare has maintained Spring of 2011 as the release window for quite some time. I wouldn’t read too much into that though, he’s a busy guy.

We’ve transcribed some of the snippets below, but you can listen to the audio here. The Dr. Ray segment begins at around 0:53:00, and the TOR-sepecific starts at about 1:04:40.

Ray Muzyka

Ray Muzyka

IGN: What will the subscription fee be for Star Wars™: The Old Republic™?

Ray Muzyka: We’re looking for the kind of business model that the fans are very comfortable with and that they’re going to find most appealing and comfortable. And we’re pretty comfortable based on our testing that we’ve got a really good system… a really good plan there.

IGN: The Old Republic is coming to PC – could it work on consoles?

Ray Muzyka: We’ve only announced a PC version so you know, I think there is always challenges with MMOs getting to other platforms. Things like the interface and memory constraints and even first party restrictions around connectivity and downloads and patching is a big one for a lot of first parties as well. So provided you could solve all those challenges, I think bringing an MMO to a console would be feasible. But those are pretty big challenges to solve.

IGN: Are you guys sort of watching the free-to-play trends as you develop The Old Republic?

Ray Muzyka: One thing that would be interesting to know is how much money are they actually making? Versus subscription based games or games driven by other business models. Just because you’re making more money than when you weren’t making any money doesn’t mean you’re making a lot of money or that you’re really a profitable service that can continue to invest in content for your fans.

It’s worth a listen to hear how Dr. Ray answers the questions, often more telling (or at least, good for speculation) than a mere transcription!

  1. He sounds evasive as always about TOR. I would think we might have a concrete DATE of release around Christmas at any rate. As far as the payment model goes, I think the standard monthly fee at least out of the box and for the first 2 years, unless they go the way of other mmo subs and are forced to a MT type model to survive.

  2. Lethality says:

    Jack Emmert made an interesting comment over on Eurogamer in an interview about the free-to-play business model:

    http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2010-11-02-wow-sucked-oxygen-from-mmo-subs

    “You’re skating up hill if you don’t offer a free-to-play option,” Cryptic Studios head Jack Emmert told Eurogamer. “You’re skating up against World of Warcraft and theoretically SWTOR. That’s your competition.”

    Since he’s an industry insider, makes you wonder if he might not have some inside info. It wouldn’t really be a surprise for TOR to be a subscription game of course, but since no announcement has been made it’s always interesting to speculate.

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