Activision doesn’t think Star Wars: The Old Republic will work
The dissing game starts again.
Now that Battlefield 3 and Modern Warfare 3 are over-and-out with, Activision has shifted their ‘no- i-am-better-than-you’ argument to a new game, EA’s Star Wars: The Old Republic, with the publisher believing it won’t really hold a candle to its World of Warcraft.
Speaking to Reuters, Bobby Kotick said he finds the economics of BioWare’s MMORPG difficult to understand, especially with the Star Wars license fee fitted in.
“Lucas is going to be the principal beneficiary of the success of Star Wars,” he said. “We’ve been in business with Lucas for a long time and the economics will always accrue to the benefit of Lucas, so I don’t really understand how the economics work for Electronic Arts.
“If you look at the history of the people investing in an MMO and achieving success, it’s a small number.”
EA had previously admitted that it would need at least 500,000 users to break-even and become profitable over time. The game has, reportedly, costed $100 million to develop.
Star Wars: The Old Republic releases on December 20 for the PC.