I have to admit, in general I'm not that much into the story aspect of an MMO. I've tried in the past to get into it more with recent titles like WoW and Rift. I know a lot of talented people spend a lot of time writing and rewriting stuff for our enjoyment but aside from the use of a little in-game cut scene or some good voiceover work, I'm really not that interested it blocks of text. I tend to want to get right to the next thing that continues to advance me XP wise.
So I just prefaced all that so you know my stance and also to let the community know that for some reason I'm much more excited about story for SWTOR. I think its because of the active dialog system we are used to with Bioware, taken to another level with party members being able to participate and "direct" the path of the conversation. To me, I will be living the story now and not just needing to click a series of sentences if/when its my turn because the story will be told through me.
How well done will it be? Who knows? And if I find that general paths will take you to the same place over and over again, maybe I won't care as much anymore. But from what I've seen and read so far it looks like it will be important and intriguing... keeping my fingers crossed.
How about you... How excited are you for story elements and the voiced over conversational story telling?
I'll see if I can start a poll.
Later all and welcome!