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LucasArts and BioWare are now accepting applications for the Star Wars: The Old Republic beta test.

Gamers wanting to get a taste of BioWare's latest foray into the Star Wars universe can now slap on a bib and pull out the fork and spoon. After reports that BioWare and LucasArts might open up the gates to Star Wars: The Old Republic, both companies officially announced earlier today that they are now accepting sign-ups for the MMORPG's upcoming beta test. However, according to this FAQ, there's no set date of when the beta will actually begin.

To sign up, fans need to head here. However, at the time of this writing, the site was overloaded and required a bit of tender loving care from the server administrators. "We are making adjustments to the site due to the overwhelming response to the testing announcement," the page reads. "Please be patient and check back later. We estimate that the site will be back up in the next few hours."

The press release distributed earlier today said that there are limited slots, and beta testers will be chosen from members of The Old Republic community; interested gamers will need to set up an account to quality. BioWare and LucasArts said that they will begin the selection process "once we feel we are ready for testers," and will contact the selected applicants via email. "Testing will be an ongoing process, and spots are limited, so people need to sign up early to give them the best possible chance of getting selected," BioWare said.

Developed for the PC using BioWare Austin's HeroEngine, the upcoming MMORPG doesn't have an estimated street date. The Old Republic storyline will take place more than 3,500 years before the six Star Wars movies.

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    jellico , September 30, 2009 5:51 PM
    Oh sweet! I have high hopes for this MMO. If they do just to KOTOR 1 and 2, I think it'll be a pretty good offering.
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    jellico , September 30, 2009 5:52 PM
    Should have been, "If they do justice to KOTOR 1 and 2..."

    Tom's, give us an edit button PLEASE!
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    doomtomb , September 30, 2009 5:57 PM
    Doin it right now
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    skykaptain , September 30, 2009 6:07 PM
    I hope this ends up being better than Galaxies. Tried the 14-day trail, stopped after 6. I am excited for this!
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    wheelon , September 30, 2009 6:08 PM
    Crap!!! I'm at work and that site is blocked! I may be leaving early today. :) 
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    alvine , September 30, 2009 6:22 PM
    I signed up! KOTR was so good :]
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    agentjon , September 30, 2009 6:45 PM
    skykaptainI hope this ends up being better than Galaxies. Tried the 14-day trail, stopped after 6. I am excited for this!

    Before or after the NEG?
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    cknobman , September 30, 2009 8:56 PM
    cant sign up anymore radio button to say yes for beta is disabled. FUCKERS!!!!!!!!
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    Shadow703793 , September 30, 2009 9:09 PM
    ; interested gamers will need to set up an account to quality.

    ???? Quality>>>qualify?

    Proof read!
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    lancelot123 , September 30, 2009 9:42 PM
    Yay! We brought down the site!
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    burnley14 , September 30, 2009 10:17 PM
    Ah man, there goes my life.
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    Maxor127 , September 30, 2009 10:35 PM
    I'd rather see KOTOR3. MMOs blow and this isn't going to be anything like KOTOR.
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    bustapr , October 1, 2009 1:32 AM
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    lifelesspoet , October 1, 2009 6:59 AM
    agentjonBefore or after the NEG?

    I believe they started the trials after the NEG introduction. SWG was my favorite mmorpg ever. The game system and design were incredible, that is if you could get over the bugs, the lag and unbalanced combat. We complained and they changed the game system twice but they never really fixed the problem, Just removed the fun creative system they built to clone world of warcraft(poorly).
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    Manos , October 1, 2009 9:08 AM
    Id love for this to work out but I know it will only survive according to the fans of the Star Wars series and only. Classes etc wont match and wont be able to even PvP properly except groupwise in the best case. Not great PvP and too unbalanced = dead MMO specially in my book.. I do wish it works out for them ofc and I wish it would for me too cause i just cant find a damn MMO to play thats worth no more. Im tired of going back to WoW and that wont happen again.