Star Wars: The Old Republic is shaping up to be one of the biggest potential rivals to World of Warcraft, which has monopolized the subscription MMORPG space over the past few years. While one might think the team at Blizzard is secretly hoping the BioWare effort falls on its face, on the contrary executive vice president Frank Pearce wishes them well.

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, said Pearce.

It s certainly a strong franchise and BioWare s a great developer, added Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime. 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.

Source: MCV