At least personally, the news that The Old Republic wasn’t going to come out until 2011 took a lot of wind out of the sails of my boat, the S.S. Hypester. Hype and anticipation and excitement are terrific in some ways, but they need a lot of attention, care and energy to maintain. Personally, once I know that something I’m looking forward to is over six months away, I carefully put it out of my mind until then. Apparently, EA’s even narrowed down the date a bit more, saying that TOR isn’t coming out before April 2011, so those who were hoping for a January 1 release might well just put that right out of their mind.
It’s weird to think that by the time TOR releases, my daughter — who has a couple months yet until she’s born — will be turning 1, and my son (who’s 9 months) will be 2. They will be my padawans and I will teach them the ways of the gaming geek, oh yes I will.
So in the meanwhile, I keep TOR in the periphery of my vision, wondering how some of the more dedicated websites and podcasts are going to fill up the next year of their projects. I mean, BioWare only has so much new info to release, and I guess there’s beta to discuss (whenever that happens), but a year… man. A year’s a long time for a gamer.
Fighting the general malaise concerning this title is BioWare with a developer blog about, more or less, why they felt it necessary to shove in a second Sith force-using class:
When we set out to build our game, we knew we needed more than one Sith class. The original trilogy only has two Sith in it, but they couldn’t be more different: the heavily armored brutal physicality of Darth Vader compared to the frail but immensely powerful Emperor Palpatine.
Color me weird, but I’m not buying it. You *needed* more than one Sith class? You couldn’t go, “Hey Bob, let’s create a few different skill trees and let players customize what type of Sith they want to be!” and free up one more class slot for someone who’s not a lightsaber jockey?
It’s much more probable that BioWare knows which side of the nerd bread its butter is on, and they’re going to give players all the Jedi fanservice their hearts could desire. Why have one when you have two? Heck, let’s just nudge away all those pesky non-Force using classes and make it all Force choke, all the time!