Kevin Ballentine has revealed to Warcry that the MMO title Stargate Worlds currently in development by CME will be set before the introduction of the last bad guys to feature in the Stargate: SG1 story line, the Ori.
The Ori, a god-like race of ascended beings, were designed to be the ultimate bad guys rivalling the famed Ancients, who played a major part in the story lines running through all 10 seasons of Stargate: SG1 and the 4 seasons of Stargate: Atlantis that have been aired. The story arc later reveals that the Ori and the Ancients were of the same race but had different philosophical views. The Ori believe that lesser races are meant to serve them and much like the Goa'uld of earlier series, the Ori enslaved entire planets and forced them to worship them as Gods. The difference between the Ori and the Goa'uld is that the Ori are far closer to gods than the Goa'uld ever were (excluding the rogue Ancient/Goa'uld, Anubis) and as such, posses powers that were often mistaken for evidence of Divine Intervention by populations. The Ori for example, would spread plaques and then offer to cure them if the people would worship them as gods. If the people refused, the Ori would destroy the planet in question.
When asked by Warcry about the Ori, Ballentine was very clear about why they would not be featured, at least initially, stating that the game would start pre-Atlantis and as such, there was no room for the super-race in the initial time line.
When we launch the game we are focusing on the earlier episodes, and as such the Ori would not be part of that context. Most of what the player will be part of is a pre-Atlantis setting. There has been a lot of talk about making Atlantis our first expansion pack. The Ori don't appear in the time period we have chosen, but that does not mean they won't appear down the road. We want to be clear that we are not retelling the story of Stargate; we are giving the player a chance to make a new story.
This isn't surprising, as the fan base of Stargate did not receive the Ori well with many finding them to be an implausible opponent for the SG1 team.
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