tl;dr: I believe that much of the hype built up prior to Blizzard's Cataclysm will be negatively affected by the release, and that BioWare needs to keep some big reveals in reserve for the post-Cataclysm period before their launch.
I'd love getting some feedback from the Darth Hater community, as you folks seem to keep an open mind concerning the Old Republic.
It's not cataclysm TOR would need to worry about it's if Blizzard ends up releasing a huge content update around the time TOR comes out. After a month or 2 all hype for Cataclysm will die off and the only thing Bioware would need to do is announce Beta sometime after that when they are ready.
I hope this PlayerVsGames person posts here beyond just an advertisement for his site, because that would seem spammy. I'm skeptical since your name is also the same as your site, but I'll be optimistic here and I hope you'll try to become a regular poster after this thread. Anyways, back on-topic...
I'm sure BioWare still has some big reveals left. We still have a few worlds to go, plus this "Legacy system", plus the crafting system. Not to mention the end-game systems and additional Warzones. Cataclysm will have been out for like 6 months by the time TOR comes out, so I wouldn't worry. People will be bored of the Brand New Expansion Of The Same Old Game by then, letting TOR come in to take those bored players into something genuinely new and exciting.
Sure BioWare doesn't reveal much TOR info, but the little they do is stuff that's confirmed to be in the game. Compare this to a company like Blizzard with nebulous promises of things that are still on the drawing board. A good example? The Dance Studios, promised in the first announcement trailer for the "Wrath of the Lich King" expansion. Here we are, WotLK's done, Cataclysm's about to come out, and still no Dance Studios in sight. Frankly I'd rather have BioWare's "few things announced but always confirmed to be in the game and here's a video of it in action!" than Blizzard's "many things announced, often only on the drawing boards or concept art, so good luck on seeing this in-game, since it may not happen for many years".
I hope this PlayerVsGames person posts here beyond just an advertisement for his site, because that would seem spammy. I'm skeptical since your name is also the same as your site, but I'll be optimistic here and I hope you'll try to become a regular poster after this thread..
Didn't mean to give that impression. I lurk around daily but never took the initiative to post. I'd like to get more involved from here on out.
As for my article, it's my attempt to get a grip on the rampant claims that BioWare doesn't release enough information. Rather, an attempt to answer the question "Why isn't BioWare telling us about raiding and PvP mechanics?" My answer is that the best approach for BioWare now would be to keep the big reveals like raids and additional details on Warzones under wraps until after Cataclysm to better build up hype momentum in the months leading up to launch. Were BioWare to give in to the demands on the forum to provide insight into their end game now, I think the hype it would certainly generate will be dampened when Cataclysm launches in December, leaving them with less ammunition to get people excited again in Spring.
So I'm not worried. I'm [b]hoping[/b] the info doesn't come to light until 2011.
BlizzCon's this weekend, and BioWare's Friday thing for TOR was just a few new biographies and a Fan Friday. That seems like it would've been a time to do an announcement against Blizzard, but they didn't. Maybe BioWare doesn't really feel the need to compete on announcements. I think the Fan Friday thing is always at this time of the month. Others have noticed every month follows a schedule, with a Fan Friday/Comic, a new planet, a developer blog, a video, etc. I don't know what the cycle is, but I have seen it mentioned elsewhere.