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Here’s Why Star Wars: The Old Republic Isn’t Coming to PS4 and Xbox One; New Expansion to Be Announced Soon

by on August 16, 2014 4:57 AM 37

During an interview with Shadow Realms Creative Director James Ohlen, who also serves in the same capacity in Star Wars: The Old Republic, we got some quite interesting insight about the reasons why BioWare Austin’s Star Wars-themed MMORPG  isn’t being ported to consoles.

Ohlen mentioned that he brought that possibility up quite a few times, and every time he’s told that he’s crazy by the technical staff.

First of all the game would be extremely challenging on the tech side to port over to consoles, and the problem is mostly the engine used.

In addition to that, SWTOR has also been designed from the ground up for keyboard and mouse, even if this would be a solvable problem.

Ohlen explained that he’d love to port to consoles, as everyone in the team. It would be a “big win,” but for the moment they haven’t figured out how that could make sense.

There are also good news for those that love Star Wars: The Old Republic, as a new and yet unannounced expansion is coming, and is going to be announced soon.

Ohlen promised that even thanks to the renewed interest in the franchise, BioWare has big plans for the game in 2015. Time to dust off our lightsabers.

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  • Nihelus Aurenis

    Gah, the system deleted my comment when I logged in… so going to summarize.

    Imo, the engine killed this game faster than anything else did. Imagine if FFXIV 2.0 had relaunched with the same engine from 1.0. Even with everything it does right (which is a lot) it still would have failed hard.

    Honestly, I hope they learn from their mistakes and make SWTOR 2. I’d love to play another one of these on a better engine someday. Unfortunately SWTOR still has enough problems (especially with dungeons) that I’m just not real interested in playing it again. If I ever do, it will be for the story and little else.

    • Todd Alexander

      “killed the game” ..you are an idiot. It is 4th highest grossing MMo of 2013. SWTOR is a success, despite how bad you idiots wanted it to fail

      • Nihelus Aurenis

        Name calling is uncalled for, especially when you have such a poor ability to comprehend what I said. I didn’t say the game didn’t make money. However, if you think the game is in a healthy state right now, you’re fooling only yourself. The last few times I’ve logged in (to the most populated server) it’s been mostly a ghost town with really long queue times.

        Also, I didn’t want it to fail. This should be extremely clear from my post, but again, you seem to have the reading comprehension skills of a third grader.

  • Orichalon Hades

    does anyone even want this *thing* to be on consoles?

    • Rickowned
      • guest

        ironically the game you showed is an pc exclusive

        • Orichalon Hades

          sounds like someone never heard of the Orange Box

      • Vulcan Spectre

        Nice lol

    • Anders

      Yes, I always want more games for my console, but I probably wouldn’t play it.

    • guest

      shut it bitch

    • Kingdom17

      I do! *waves hand in the air*

    • rodney

      I know I do been waiting on bioware to put it on consoles

  • Sumyung

    This is EA trying to convince people their 600 million dollar flop is relevant and wanted. It isn’t. Move along people, there’s literally nothing to see here.

    • theodor70941

      EA has 4 billion dollar in net worth, why would they spent (600 million) more then one 8th of their company on one project? That doesn’t make any sense at all… They’ve already said that it cost them 250 million dollars to make, witch at the time was one of the most expensive games ever developed (still is). Just to put this in terms, Watch_Dogs had a 80 million dollar budget.

    • Mithan

      It isn’t a 600 million flop actually.
      The game has become quite profitable.

      • demfax

        Making a quarterly profit doesn’t mean SWTOR paid itself off (net profit). $250 million + ongoing maintenance, server, and new content costs aren’t cheap.

  • NoNeedToArgue

    bioware we want KotOR III not this

    • Orichalon Hades

      too bad EA want this

    • Curt Mason

      But, but we can give you new missions because we charge you a monthly subscription fee… and you get to play with other players!….. It’s too bad we want to play offline and enjoy the storyline without tea baggers ruining it and new missions can be added via expansion packs.. oh wait..

    • Clint Pickens

      We want it on consoles too.

      • rodney

        Yea what Clint said put it on consoles put it on consoles

  • Michael Norris

    Played it didn’t care for it so idc.

  • http://people.ign.com/thetrooper1998 thetrooper1998

    I played it on PC, didn’t really care for it too much.

    • http://www.joshontech.com/ JoshOnTech

      Sup, troops?

  • ipot_04

    I still remember those days when I was addicted to DCUO on PC and I’m looking for a better MMO, TOR was announced that it’ll go Free to Play then when I played it for less than an hour, I just uninstalled it immediately.

  • Nordu

    Forget TOR, would really like to see the glory of KOTOR remastered for next gen consoles and pc or a new one. Any Star Wars fan that hasn’t played KOTOR is really missing out.

  • Kingdom17

    So its not coming, but there is possibility. Good. Really had fun playing it, and loved the fact that it was voiced.

  • Agent HUNK

    Id buy it in a heart beat for ps4.. too bad they wont port it! I had it on pc and felt like an ass when they went free to play

  • Agent HUNK

    Theyre too lazy to port it… they meant to say. this game is not that big graphics wise or gameplay for it to be a problem, i played it on my 2008 laptop. plus the new ps4 control would work great on this!

  • Rob Nevico

    I’d be excited for the expansion if the game was worth my attention. Character creation is bland (pick or buy a race, add the same identifying marks, facial features and hairstyles available to every other race, or again, buy them, and then pick a class), it tried too hard to look like WoW, the questing is repetitive and uninspired and it has far too many voiced cutscenes. I mean seriously, every quest needs a ten minute backstory with moral options? Let’s not forget, a very linear storyline that forces you to go back and play as other classes to get a complete picture and the fact that you can literally pay to win was a big adios for me. Let’s not forget the fact that they pretty much annoy you into buying a sub right off the bat by making sure your walking speed is that of a dead cat. It’s sad, really, because I was so excited for this game when it was announced.

  • Spoonyrogdrumps

    Excuses Excuses!!
    Lazy ass people!!

  • Nicholas Perry

    Interesting they are continuing it even though it’s technically part of the old canon.

    Money speaks I guess.

  • Rob

    the real reason is that the game has so many skills, even on keyboard its difficult to manage all those 30 or 40 skills character gets. FF XIV has lots of them as well, but not as many. when you make THAT many skills, it becomes challenging to make it viable on controller.

  • Ilithieline Valeidithann

    I just love Star Wars so much I don’t care!

  • Ilithieline Valeidithann

    Having it on consoles would be fun it would be like dc universe online

  • Clint Pickens

    I just saw the trailer for the new Star Wars Old Republic expansion, and was a little angry after seeing it. Why? Because it looks like an awesome game, and I can’t play it because I’m a console gamer. Destiny has made great strides in showing that a MMO is not only possible on consoles, it THRIVES on consoles! The whole excuse that MMOs can’t work on consoles because it requires a mouse and keyboard is complete BS too! Just look at the control scheme in a game like Fable. You could quickly snap between using a lot of different abilities for your character, and completely customize how you access it too. If someone had half a brain in this industry they would simply copy that control scheme, (which is over a decade old by the way) and it would work just fine. I want to play star wars on my console! Seriously how much money is being left on the table because of this? Don’t they remember how popular Knights of the Old Republic was? Most gamers are CONSOLE gamers. Ignoring that is a stupid mistake that is losing companies like bioware serious potential profit.

  • Mark Joseph Williams

    I want it on Console. Please consider this. Xbox one needs this game.

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