BioWare doctors ring NASDAQ opening bell

Muzyka and Zeschuk mark the launch of Star Wars: The Old Republic with ceremonial kickoff to the day's stock market trading.

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A short time ago in a state several days' drive away from the GameSpot offices, BioWare cofounders Dr. Ray Muzyka and Dr. Greg Zeschuk celebrated the launch of their company's long-awaited massively multiplayer online role-playing game by getting all dressed up to go to the market. To mark the official release of Star Wars: The Old Republic, the pair donned Jedi robes and brought a retinue consisting of stormtroopers, an Imperial officer, a Wookie, and EA Labels president Frank Gibeau into the NASDAQ stock exchange to ring the opening bell.

Would you trust these men with a lightsaber? Or ringing a bell, for that matter?

While The Old Republic officially launched today, the game has been playable in an early access program to those who preordered it. That was apparently a considerable number of people, as one analyst projected yesterday that the game's user base had already hit 1.5 million members, and players have been forced to endure at-times lengthy waits to get into crowded servers.

Although The Old Republic is BioWare's first MMORPG, it is not the developer's first experience working with George Lucas' sci-fi franchise. It helped establish The Old Republic setting--several thousand years before the events in the original Star Wars film trilogy--with the 2003 Xbox and PC role-playing game Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic.

For more on the developer's return to the realm of lightsabers and midichlorians, check out GameSpot's ongoing coverage of Star Wars: The Old Republic.

Discussion

49 comments
fustahman24
fustahman24

more proof that nerds rule the world.

shooters125
shooters125

Make KOTOR 3 and don't kill all the lore set up by KOTOR like WoW did with Warcraft Lore.

CavemanLawyer
CavemanLawyer

@voldalin Yup yup. Lost about 500k in a month, another 300 the month after. Kept dropping and hovered around 300k for a bit. Finally plunged to about 100, then to where its at now.

Brokenhope69
Brokenhope69

@b-boy I'm with you. EA is a damn fine publisher. Bulletstorm, Portal 2, The Orange Box, Dragon Age II, Mass Effect 2 / 3, Dead Space 1 / 2, Battlefield: Bad Company 1 / 2, Medal of Honor, Shadows of the Damned, Mirror's Edge, Battlefield 3, Crysis 1 / 2, Dante's Inferno, Shank, Army of Two and Syndicate.

voldalin
voldalin

1 million? didn't warhammer online have 2 million right out of the gate and fail?

Banefire76
Banefire76

If you look at those suits on the right you cant help but see the dark side of the force at work. It seems there are a few agents of the dark side at work with some off the posts below as well.

ZoTrAcK
ZoTrAcK

Look! The fascist side of gaming!

thrice00
thrice00

B-boy Posted Dec 20, 2011 11:24 pm PT EA make so many kick ass game like need for speed, road rash, ssx, battlefield, command and conquer and many more haters Man ...... stop smoking crack

Scorpion2929
Scorpion2929

Such a dumb and misleading title for an article like this...

Albaficas
Albaficas

RockySquirrel card driver say hello

Albaficas
Albaficas

haedrianz another messiah wannabe.... keep ur trash comment for yourself I love this game,it does what other mmo's do but better U dont like it dont play it and keep these types of trashy comments for yourself... Dont listen that nap ppl this game owns and its here to stay for many years to come If u love mmo and sci fi with the signature of bioware this mmo is the deal. Best mmo to date and yes i was in wow for 3.5 years.

haedrianz
haedrianz

ahah i agree, any real gamer around would clearly see that this game is good but wont last...just aint enough... A mmorpg need to be revolutionary to last , why ? because a mmorpg means hours and hours , years of game ... and with what SWTOR has , i doubt it will last more than a year.. now i wish them the best too , cause i love starwars and a lot of people worked hard for it .. yet "not enough FORCE in it the game has" ( yoda would say)

chandlerr_360
chandlerr_360

They should enjoy it while it lasts, SWTOR will be F2P in a few months.

N1njaSol1d
N1njaSol1d

If only I could force choke those two suits on the right...

Icehearted
Icehearted

Well, it's good to see they take the market so seriously what with the economy tanking and all.

holtrocks
holtrocks

@SDSkarface u fail in every way possible.

holtrocks
holtrocks

I understand why at one point everyone hated EA but now i don't get it. What are they milking BF3 was on DICE's timeline they were making that for 3-4 years. The only thing you could argue that they are milking is the NFS series but its not like they are making much money off of it. Right now EA is trying to find a dev who can do good with the series these games are just like internships for devs.

Elem3nt
Elem3nt

"Keep smiling, we just need to keep the charade going long enough to break even"

jazilla
jazilla

jedi ringing the bell? seems legit.

Kickable
Kickable

@abcdefgabcdefgz you sound like those crazies who say we're all going to have hovering cars 20 years from now. sounds cool, but it won't be. if all games end up being multiplayer only and rely on gimmicks like motion control imagine all the other aspects that'll fall to the wayside like an absence of an actual interesting story. you can't have it all production quality on much of all MMO's out now are over simplified or just barely average and the developers will have suckered all of us into thinking it's worth it just because we get to experience it with thousands of fellow loudmouth douches. no thanks I like single player games too.

Ghost-11-
Ghost-11-

If it wasn't for EA a substantial amount of great games wouldn't have been created. I think you kids don't even realize what you're complaining about. Grow up and stop blaming corporations for problems that don't even exist.

B-boy
B-boy

EA make so many kick ass game like need for speed, road rash, ssx, battlefield, command and conquer and many more haters

RadView
RadView

@SDSkarface I aggree it sucks that you cant play at least coop with someone but whether you spend 5 hrs or 300 hrs to finish the game is up to you.

CommandoAgent
CommandoAgent

Bioware Will End Up like Westwood Studio did if you dont Believe me just wait and see How EA Games mlik once great PC Games titles. As For Generals II meh they better not ruin it.

B-boy
B-boy

I been a EA gamer since 1990 EA rules

Jbul
Jbul

This shouldn't bother me... but it does. A lot.

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

Pretty cool thing to do for a game. As for the people calling ioware sellouts......... So what if they were sellouts? The thing about being a sell out is in the title; that means that they took money for whatever act they did to make you call them that. Considering that it's Bioware, they "sold out" for more money than most of us will ever make, let alone see.

daub11
daub11

if i saw some one carrying a light saber dressed as luke sky walker i would def be worried and then run away scared.especialy when they work for E.A.

SDSkarface
SDSkarface

lol Skyrim sucks its not even an MMO and thats the single and only reason i didnt buy it..who wants to spend 100's of hours in a game and its not even online? Bethesda needs to start making them rpgs shorter like bioware does 40-60 hours is fine for an RPG anything over 100+ hours and it needs to have some online component.

toddx77
toddx77

@abcdefgabcdefgz That sounds more like an apocalypse for video games to me lol.

RockySquirrel
RockySquirrel

OK, they rang the bell... now go back and put some AA in SWTOR...

Aeriscloud99
Aeriscloud99

Quick someone ask them what its like to be EA sell outs.

Hatemachine25
Hatemachine25

Couldn't care if these jokers did a song and dance on the white house lawn to promote their game (though I have to say I WOULD pay to see THAT) I just want them to finally get cracking on Jade Empire's sequel damn it lol.

janweinreich
janweinreich

Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk, you greedy pimped biatches, should be ashamed of yourselves, look at this picture, it's pathetic. Dressed as jedis next to EA blacksuit pimps.

Gen-Gawl
Gen-Gawl

Notice in that photo there are no bioware emblems but two EA logos... :-( makes me sad

XeonForce
XeonForce

@Cruisemissile -- Sarcasm, that is all...

dreman999
dreman999

@fatee You must of forgotten the game that made them, Bulder's gate, is multiplayer. Also, BG2 and NWN are also multiplayer.

Triton
Triton

Maybe this is why the Dow jumped today. And we all thought it had something to do Europe and US housing market...

ToTs_00
ToTs_00

@fatee They still do.

abcdefgabcdefgz
abcdefgabcdefgz

No single player games are outdated now. Do not live in the past all future games are going to be in the cloud and massively multiplayer and probably controlled by motion like the kinect or use just touchscreens and it will all be in 3d.

nickery123
nickery123

finally picked up my collectors edition sooooo sweet

fatee
fatee

I miss the time when Bioware made the best single-player games on the scene. seems so far away now...