I complained a lot last year about SWTOR looking like it lacks the open-world feel or being really instanced. I’ve quickly reached the point of not caring. Seeing more of SWTOR from PAX East and realizing more and more every day that I am done with the WoW model of MMO’s, I’ve realized I don’t care what it is as long as it’s not more of the same.
Even if SWTOR were to be a completely instanced encounter, experienced by 5 people at a time, I’m not sure I would be bothered. Am I defeated? A little. More than anything though, I crave something that presents the multiplayer experience as more of a RPG. SWTOR could drop the MMO tag entirely and just be an online RPG and I would be happy. Luckily it looks like a hybrid between a Bioware RPG and a MMO which is a far newer than we’ve had in years.
I watched the following video and really enjoyed it. The 16 minutes flew by.
Maybe it’s a combination of the Star Wars craving I have or the story-driven aspect. Maybe it’s just being burned out completely on theme-parked WoW models. Whatever it is, I’m now too anxious for SWTOR and feeling that urge to get all giddy and excited about a game. It clicked for me tonight that we have to wait a very long time to see it, possibly even until next year if they’re slow, and that it actually gave me that knot-in-the-stomach feeling. I’ll try to keep my enthusiasm in check… but it’ll be hard. SWTOR’s looking pretty darn good now.