Doug Creutz of analyst firm Cowen & Company has delivered a pretty damning hands-on impression of Star Wars: The Old Republic.
He described the BioWare MMO as "highly derivative" of World of Warcraft in the company's E3 report (via GamesIndustry.biz).
"We got hands-on time with the game, and were largely unimpressed," he wrote.
"Despite promises from EA/Bioware that the title represents a major step forward in MMO design, what we saw was essentially a World of Warcraft clone with Star Wars character skins and the Bioware RPG nice/nasty dialogue tree mechanism bolted on for non-player character conversations."
Creutz also said the game's visuals were "competent but hardly breathtaking", but added: "Granted, we were playing in a desert area, so other areas may be more impressive-looking... on the other hand we question why EA chose a desert level to showcase the title."
EA said last week it has yet to announce a release date for the game as it doesn't want to tip off the competition. Creutz believes the title will launch in 2012.