BioWare Says SWTOR Could Have Been Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings Instead
There’s a lot of money that got sunk in Star Wars: The Old Republic to make it the gaming event it has become in the last few days. It has millions of players on it, so I suppose that paid off. But if the Star Wars route wasn’t going to work out, BioWare had some other ideas — like basing the game on The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion, or Game of Thrones.
Originally, a three-man team drew up the 10-page design document that was the start of SWTOR, PC Gamer reports. The publication spoke with Director James Ohlen, who said that in the early stages of developing the MMO, a compelling narrative was the most important aspect. Ohlen said his vision for the game from the beginning was a story-driven MMO, “…because hey, it hadn’t been done before.”
While BioWare was in its lengthy negotiations with LucasArts over the rights to use Star Wars, the developer considered other possible settings, like George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire novels and Stephen King’s Dark Tower series.