I’ve been trying to not pay too much attention to Bioware’s Star Wars: The Old Republic, so as to not get caught up in the incredible amount of hype surrounding it, but I have to admit it, this video makes me really excited.
What excites me most in this video is the way that lightsabers appear to be synchronised with everything else that is going on around them. They seem to really clash, and block incoming fire. If that is truly how it will work ingame then I think it is a massive step in making MMO combat feel genuinely immersive.
My main worry is that they may have made lightsabers so awesome-looking that nobody wants to play any of the other classes. Flamethrowers and bombs have their own coolness factor, of course, but I didn’t spend my childhood making their sound effects while whirling sticks around at great risk to all nearby eyeballs. It was lightsabers all the way.
We’ll almost all want to play a Jedi or Sith. Such is our birthright. But we’ll still probably be annoyed by how many Jedi there are everywhere.