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Blizzard Wants The Old Republic To Succeed

by Phil Kollar on Mar 19, 2011 at 12:10 PM

Despite facing some light criticism from EA CEO John Riccitiello earlier this week, two of Blizzard's highest-ranking executives shared some well wishes for EA and BioWare's upcoming MMO, Star Wars: The Old Republic.

Speaking to MCV, Blizzard executive vice president Frank Pearce explained that The Old Republic's success or failure could have a farther-reaching impact than you might think:

"This is a game that has an opportunity to grow the MMO market if done right and therefore is very important to the industry as a whole, not just EA."

Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime clarified the company's position further:

"We’ve talked about this internally and from our perspective we hope they make an enjoyable game because they’re going to bring in a lot of new players to the MMO genre, and those players’ idea of whether or not they like this type of game is going to be determined by that experience."

In other words, players who are trying an MMO for the first time with The Old Republic may use that experience to decide whether or not they try other MMOs, such as World of Warcraft or future projects from Blizzard. It makes sense. Now let's hope that BioWare's first MMO is high quality enough to introduce a lot of new players to the genre and keep them interested, for the good of everyone.