"If we had a keen vision and feeling of all ordinary human life, it would be like hearing the grass grow and the squirrel's heart beat, and we should die of that roar which lies on the other side of silence." - from George Eliot’s Middlemarch
It has come to my attention that there will be no Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic III. Never mind that I have lived eagerly waiting for that moment for 4 years now. Never mind that I have often felt I don't really care what happens in my own love life, so long as Carth Onasi and Revan end up together. (I'm serious about this.) I am deeply involved with the characters from the games. They were surprisingly fully developed with interesting dynamic stories of their own. And their stories were left unfinished at the end of KotOR II. I have keep hoping in vain that Revan will return to Carth and we will finally know the mysteries behind the ancient Sith.
But no. Instead Bioware (read now a subsidary of Electronic Arts) is releasing an MMO or massive multi-player online game. This is being done for exactly 3 reasons.
1) Bioware lost control of KotOR II and the company that made it Obsidian f**ked up the storyline.
2) EA/Bioware are greedy to have that incredibly lucretive subscription model on their games.
3) The original Star Wars MMO is dead in the water due to difficulty and then pissing of its players. A new SW MMO gives George Lucas the money necessary to remake another Indiana Jones movey and rape Indiana Jones again (see South Park joke.)
And sadly, people will probably play the knew MMO. But it won't be the people you think. Fans of the original two games aren't MMO players. They liked the one thing Bioware was known for: well-developed storylines, characters, and dialogue. All of which go away in an MMO and become a user chosesn storyline, user created charatcers, and user2user dialogue.
But the MMO will unfortunalty collect a crowd of Star Wars fan that are so greatly tured off by galaxies as to play whatever else comes out.