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BioWare Reveals SW:TOR Early Game Access Details

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Gamers who pre-order Star Wars: The Old Republic will have a chance to play the MMOG for up to 5 days prior to the official launch next month.

Monday BioWare explained how Early Game Access for Star Wars: The Old Republic will work. As reported earlier, EA and the developer said that the Jedi-themed MMOG would initially have a limited release so that the servers wouldn't be bogged down by a huge wave of heavy traffic. But as an incentive for pre-purchasing the upcoming game, EA promised consumers a chance to experience the Star Wars saga before the gates officially open to the public on December 20.

"Many of you have been wondering how long Early Game Access will last, and we are now happy to announce that depending on when you redeem your Pre-Order Code, you will gain Early Game Access up to five days before the official game launch date," BioWare said Monday.

"Early Game Access is staggered over five days to ensure a quality experience for players at launch," the studio added. "Staggering access aids server stability and a gradual increase in player population through the game. Early Game Access will be granted according to when your Pre-Order Code is redeemed at the Code Redemption Center."

BioWare points out that there's still time to pre-order the game by heading to the company's Pre-Order page. Consumers can also watch the Collector’s Edition Unboxing video for "a peek inside this highly coveted edition of the game."

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    xAlex79 , November 8, 2011 4:16 AM
    About four weeks to go! I'm pumped!
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    Yargnit , November 8, 2011 4:25 AM
    So how confident can we be if we redeemed our boxed set CE preorder early the morning of July 21 (the day preorders opened) of making it it into the 1st group getting in on the 15th? Now is when I have to put in for time off those days, and working retail, requesting off the week right before Christmas isn't going to exactly make my manager jump for joy. :/ 
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    pwnorbpwnd , November 8, 2011 4:25 AM
    I want it. Huge star wars fan here..
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    amk-aka-Phantom , November 8, 2011 5:07 AM
    BioWare accidentally leaks ME3 beta and plot: where's THAT piece of news, Tom's? :D 
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    Anonymous , November 8, 2011 5:43 AM
    I will never buy another EA game until they change the eula
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    proxy711 , November 8, 2011 5:51 AM
    ddkstriderrI will never buy another EA game until they change the eula

    There's still people who think steam is too invasive, origin must seem like a cavity search to them (which honestly as far as your HDD is concerned pretty much is). At least steam is op-in as far as sending them data is origin doesn't even ask.

    I wonder how many people are going to skip this game because of origin. which is sad because its a good game.
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    gilcongane , November 8, 2011 9:09 AM
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    I wonder how many people are going to skip this game because of origin. which is sad because its a good game.


    This game isn't run or downloaded on origin, all you get if you buy the digital version from origin is an email on release day with your serial key that you input on SWTOR's website and you download the game from there.
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    makaveli316 , November 8, 2011 9:56 AM
    I never had the courage to play a Star Wars game....
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    crewton , November 8, 2011 11:39 AM
    You don't need origin to play SWTOR. That may change in a few years but for now you don't have to use it.
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    dark_knight33 , November 8, 2011 12:31 PM
    YargnitSo how confident can we be if we redeemed our boxed set CE preorder early the morning of July 21 (the day preorders opened) of making it it into the 1st group getting in on the 15th? Now is when I have to put in for time off those days, and working retail, requesting off the week right before Christmas isn't going to exactly make my manager jump for joy.


    Working retail you'll probably need that week of work to pay for the game. :( 

    I worked retail for too long, and it never paid enough.
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    jellico , November 8, 2011 12:55 PM
    YargnitSo how confident can we be if we redeemed our boxed set CE preorder early the morning of July 21 (the day preorders opened) of making it it into the 1st group getting in on the 15th? Now is when I have to put in for time off those days, and working retail, requesting off the week right before Christmas isn't going to exactly make my manager jump for joy.


    I'd say it's a damn near certainty. Just an educated guess, but since the desire is to stage entry into the game, I think they will basically take the entire pre-order count and divide it by 5. I would further speculate that the number of pre-orders was relatively small until the release date was announced, then it scaled up and will continue scaling up as we approach launch date. So what we would expect to see, then, is day 1 would cover probably several weeks (possibly a couple of months) from July 21st forward; then by the time you get to day 5 (1 day before the official launch date), that will probably be those who pre-ordered only a couple of weeks before.

    I know I'm excited for the release. I got my pre-order code in back in August and have already requested my PTO. :) 
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    marthisdil , November 8, 2011 12:59 PM
    Y'all enjoy your World of Warcraft with a Star Wars skin. I stopped playing the beta a month and a half ago...
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    Anonymous , November 8, 2011 1:03 PM
    So basically, unless you were a fanatic and pre-ordered instantly, you're bum out of luck. Honestly? I don't care.
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    zak_mckraken , November 8, 2011 1:16 PM
    MarthisdilY'all enjoy your World of Warcraft with a Star Wars skin. I stopped playing the beta a month and a half ago...

    Don't be so pretentious; the beta was for a limited time. I'll give it to you that ToR is WoW with a Star Wars skin. However, I see this as a good thing. Plus, they added a lot of stuff WoW didn,t have, like interactive conversations in quests that can influence your light/dark side standing.

    I've played the beta for 3 days, and I can say it will be worthwhile. As with many online games, it will be probably plagued with bugs at launch, but give it a couple of months and you'll have a solid online gaming experience. I'll most likely jump in somewhere in january.
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    jl0329 , November 8, 2011 1:35 PM
    I love star wars, but MMO scares the shit out of me. I don't have the courage to play another MMO since I quit WOW 4 years ago. They consume life.

    I will probably just watch some game play video on Youtube from time to time. Sounds like an amazing game.

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    thegh0st , November 8, 2011 1:43 PM
    ugh! I should put this in my Win7 post. tho I dont know if it is tom's or win7 or ie or what. but this posting then being asked to login or post as anonymous (so I login of course) and then losing my post altogether is some real CRAP!

    anyways, as I said before I lost another comment to the void...

    man am I behind! I pre-ordered a while ago from gamestop but I don't remember even getting a code! I need to check on this. I didn't even know there was a release date finally! Yay!

    at the same time tho, why so close to x-mas? ugh! family time & last minutes x-mas shopping are going to get in the way of game time! not to mention I do like to check out x-mas on the other games I play to. bioware wth are you thinking? decisions, decisions...
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    guruofchem , November 8, 2011 2:59 PM
    Not looking forward to dealing with Origin on this one, but I'm going to give it a try. Sounds like a lot of fun to me - I like WoW and have been a Star Wars fan for almost my entire life...
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    SirGCal , November 8, 2011 3:11 PM
    I quit WoW and sold my highly epic lock for $700... YEARS ago... But I'm still gong to give this a try. I pre-ordered opening day... Still, I'm NOT going to be the time-sink I used to. I'm keeping myself more scheduled and limiting my own time. Supposedly this one doesn't require nearly the time-sink to progress as other MMOs or I'll have just wasted the $. I have a life again now, not 80+ hours of game time plus 80+ work hours a week... If it's good for casual gaming, I'll stick around, but if not... then I won't. The beta seemed to go both ways depending so... I won't know for sure until release...
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    jl0329 , November 8, 2011 4:26 PM
    SirGCalI quit WoW and sold my highly epic lock for $700... YEARS ago... But I'm still gong to give this a try. I pre-ordered opening day... Still, I'm NOT going to be the time-sink I used to. I'm keeping myself more scheduled and limiting my own time. Supposedly this one doesn't require nearly the time-sink to progress as other MMOs or I'll have just wasted the $. I have a life again now, not 80+ hours of game time plus 80+ work hours a week... If it's good for casual gaming, I'll stick around, but if not... then I won't. The beta seemed to go both ways depending so... I won't know for sure until release...


    If you've played WOW, then I am sure you know there is no such thing as "moderation" in MMORPGs. You are either in or not.

    That's why I am not even going to touch this game. MMORPGs are truly scary.
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    gm0n3y , November 8, 2011 5:19 PM
    If there was ever an MMORPG that was going to get me to take the plunge (and more than likely ruin my life) its this game. I'll wait till its out for a couple of months before deciding. I've personally known many people that had their lives at least partially ruined by WoW (some of them really badly), but I love SW and the KOTOR series. I'm still pretty afraid, the only MMORPG I've played was the WoW beta and it sure tanked my grades at the time (university).
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