Gibeau: The Old Republic is the first MMO with a story

Tuesday, 15th March 2011 23:08 GMT By Brenna Hillier

EA Games head Frank Gibeau has said Star Wars: The Old Republic will be the first MMO to have a story, and dismissed World of Warcraft’s quest lines as “shopping list”-like.

“It’s the first time an MMO has actually had a story,” Gibeau told Industry Gamers.

“When I play World of Warcraft, you go and get your quests, and you go and do your quests, but it feels more like doing a shopping list at times,” he continued.

“[Our game] is more about talking to characters, learning what’s going on, investing in it, getting emotionally attached to it. You can still go in accessible ways and grind out quests if you want, but at the same time there’s a higher-level story that’s carrying you through The Old Republic.”

Gibeau also commented on The Old Republic’s differentiation from World of Warcraft.

“On multiple levels we’re highly differentiated and different from World of Warcraft. We’re not being slavish or imitating them at all,” he said.

“We’re doing our own thing. We’re doing our own unique way.

“… It’s very different than orcs and humans and night elves and the rest. On the first level, the IPs are highly different, the gameplay highly differentiated, and the stories highly differentiated.”

Gibeau is a big fan of World of Warcraft himself, but is backing The Old Republic all the way.

“I love Blizzard products, but they’re not the entire market. There is an opportunity to come in with a new IP,” he said.

Thanks, 1UP.



  1. Erthazus


    Someone never played FFXI i see.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Ireland Michael

    Most RPGs have a story.

    This should more accurately say “This is the first MMO where you character is directly involved.”

    But isn’t everyone technically going to have the same experience? Isn’t every player going to be the “hero” or the “villian”? They’re elevating the player above the importance of their character, and I don’t think it’ll work personally.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. DeathJynx

    That is a whole lot of “different” root words inside that qoute hahaha.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Hybridpsycho

    ““When I play World of Warcraft, you go and get your quests, and you go and do your quests, but it feels more like doing a shopping list at times,” he continued.”

    ^ Clearly hasn’t played Cataclysm even.

    Anyways, there’s alot of diffrent MMO’s that have a story. Age of Conan for example, there’s alot of story going on. Unfortunatley not through the whole game ’cause they had to release early :(

    WoW also have ALOT of story, especially in Cataclysm. Normally the “story” of an MMO is decided how much you know about the lore. If you know alot, the story is interesting and intriguing. If you don’t, probably not as much.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. hitnrun

    Yeah, and there’s a reason for that Frank EA. It’s that nobody cares.

    An MMO with a good story is a bad MMO. The two concepts are inimical. A collective story is a boring waste of time – at the very best, you get some filler crap like the Ahn Qiraj Gate quest. To have a good story, you need special or at least highlighted characters. And as the last Star Wars MMO infamously demonstrated (wait, there was another Star Wars MMO? There were MMOs before WoW? Huh?) with its Jedi, exceptionalism and MMOs don’t mix.

    What he really means is that his is the first MMO that pretends to have a story – you know, you play a story, and everyone else plays their own version with “Skullxassassin” substituted for “Chiefjuggalo”. Which is of course wrong: this kind of “story” has been a regular device for at least a decade. Bioware’s version of this old saw just has more voice acting.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. thesamy

    this guys live in a lie

    #6 4 years ago
  7. sebbie16

    @1 I agree.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. RockTwist

    I wish they’d just shut up and get on with releasing the damn thing. They had a good PAX information wise, then throw it down the drain pissing fans off with this big headed bullshit and stealth moving the release date again.

    I’m excited by it and want it, same for Guild Wars 2.

    #8 4 years ago

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