Absurd SWTOR WoW killer clams, Self-importance vs. fan base

By Posted 31 Jul 2011, 13:35

Star Wars: The Old Republic or SWTOR as it is most commonly known has been getting a lot of media attention of late, one because it has set record pre-order levels, and two because of recent WoW killer claims. Now we elaborated on the whole pre-order topic in a recent article, so now thought that this World of Warcraft claim needed a closer look.

Most gamers will agree that the notion of any such game being able to topple the might of Blizzard’s WoW will be like saying; the Mega Drive can compete with the PS3’s graphics. However, SWTOR has so much more to give gamers, more in fact than Wow, but there is still much more to consider. Gamerzitch has now weighed in on the argument saying that BioWare has developed a game that makes you feel important, but is that really enough to topple the fan base of Blizzard’s MMO?

The reason we say this is because World of Warcraft currently has a user base of 13 million, this cult following will be tough to follow and even if those on the side of SWTOR must agree that it is a battle that will not be won. This is a shame; because The Old Republic has a lot more to give its users, the 1,000 hours of story is proof of this. No one will be able to say that BioWare has a pointless game here, as it is far from it.

It does not matter how much Star Wars: The Old Republic has to offer in way of gameplay, storyline or how differently it reacts when playing as a smuggler or Jedi, it will always come down to reach. But let’s think about this for one moment, as there is room for both. It does not matter if you want SWTOR because it is more for a single player or WoW because it excels in multiplayer, there will be times when you want the option for the two.

Take social media, there are so many people who prefer Facebook, but it does not stop them using Twitter for its different features. The two can coexist in harmony, its just you have to be willing to accept it. Chances are most WoW users love the Star Wars movies, which would mean that they might give SWTOR a chance just to see what all the fuss is about.

Do you believe that there is room in the market for both to do well?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1089544107 Darren Hill

    With enough variety, two MMORPGs can survive just fine. However with the limited choices and current struggle with the economy, current game makers must fight for the almighty dollar or go broke/get bought out. If The Old Republic doesn’t play their cards just right, the game may bomb even being a great game. Graphics and story line aren’t all that is needed to make a great game. Personally, I think Wow graphics suck compared to other current games and just can’t bring myself to play it after several attempts. That, and I don’t feel like putting out money every month for a game I may only play an hour or two every once in a while.

  • Melissa

    Rift was also supposed to he a WoW killer but that didn’t happen either, however there are still people playing rift. People will play what they enjoy, I myself play WoW and AC and they coexist on my pc in harmony :-) Blizzard will still have the monopoly on MMO until people just stop playing, and with 11 million people still playing, I don’t see it happening any time soon

  • Melissa

    Rift was also supposed to he a WoW killer but that didn’t happen either, however there are still people playing rift. People will play what they enjoy, I myself play WoW and AC and they coexist on my pc in harmony :-) Blizzard will still have the monopoly on MMO until people just stop playing, and with 11 million people still playing, I don’t see it happening any time soon

  • Melissa

    Rift was also supposed to he a WoW killer but that didn’t happen either, however there are still people playing rift. People will play what they enjoy, I myself play WoW and AC and they coexist on my pc in harmony :-) Blizzard will still have the monopoly on MMO until people just stop playing, and with 11 million people still playing, I don’t see it happening any time soon

  • Comtrap01

    WoW has fewer than 11 million players now and has trouble retaining players despite two major expansions. The game is entering its twilight as players grow up and out of it, for newer, better, games. SWTOR has the attention not only of existing MMO players but many who haven’t played the genre. If any game will exceed WoWs success, it is SWTOR. Besides, only 3 to 5 million of the 11 in WoW are in north america/europe. That group is far more vulnerable than many think.

  • Jax

    Killer Clams? I missed that Quest…

  • gh0st

    I Think swtor will excel in both the single player and multiplayer environment. It’s unfair to say that WoWs multiplayer is far greater when we haven’t played swtor yet.
    WoW is clearly an outdated breed of MMO (Rift is no different) it’s still a grind fest for self worth as it was in Vanilla.
    WoWs subscription has dropped to below 11 million and will most likely continue to drop over the next few years.
    The question most gamers, including myself have started to ask themselves is “does WoW deserve my money each month?”
    The reality is that WoW will kill itself – obviously the ball has already started to roll. with regard to how fast I couldn’t say

  • Concerned Citizen

    I am going to make the assumption that once SWTOR is released, saying that WoW has the monopoly on MMOs will be a thing of the past. I don’t know why this site (or reviewer) has the audacity to shrug any notion of a well developed MMO by Bioware and EA ever coming within reach of WoW’s subscription numbers. Warcraft is teetering as it is. Its old and uninspired. Sure it would be farfetched to ever assume that a game such as RIFT would be a “WoW killer” as it simply does not have the fanbase to support such a claim, however SWTOR has this factor which many MMOs do not. In addition, SWTOR brings many new things to the table which is a refreshing injection into a stagnant market. The last article I read by Chubb mentioned that once MW3 and BF3 come out, the market will be a 2-horse race regardless of SWTOR. I have no idea what planet you’re living on but the majority of gamers realize just how large SWTOR is and will surely be able to pull its own weight when it comes to sales, possibly out shining BF3 and MW3 on release. I can only assume Chubb is some WoW fan boy as I can see no reason to brush aside SWTOR in terms of the market sales it will eventually obtain. On one last note, where the hell were the Killer Clams, I read the whole article and I see naught one reference to a single clam. I am very disappointed.

  • Do Doodily

    My guess is the writer plays WoW and is still in denial about a game he wants to play more, but cant get over the feelings of infidelity…and your compairson between FB and twitter is just rediculous…im not paying 15 dollars a month each to use FB and Twitter.

  • Hh

    Written with gon swtor experience, a review like this have to be done after played 1000 hs game, clear for one mile writer is a wow fan/player so is no a neutral review, in other words this is bullshit.