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EA confirms 2011 launch for The Old Republic

EA confirms 2011 launch for The Old Republic

EA has confirmed that it will launch Star Wars: The Old Republic, this year.

Electronic Arts has confirmed that it will launch Star Wars: The Old Republic this year, though it hasn't yet committed to a specific release date.

EA and developer Bioware have confirmed, however, that they will commence a series of beta test weekends this September. These beta sessions will be opened only to selected players.

Pre-orders were unveiled for Star Wars: The Old Republic yesterday, with three different versions of the game up for grabs. A £129.99 Collector's Edition copy formed the top-end option, while EA drew ire for the £59.99 pricing of a Origin-exclusive Digital Deluxe Edition.

We had a look at Star Wars: The Old Republic a short while ago and weren't impressed by what we saw, prompting Bit-Gamer columnist Richard Cobbett to write further on the issue in The Trouble With Lightsabers.

Everyone agrees that the trailers are beautiful, however, so check out our favourite one below and let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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GravitySmacked 22nd July 2011, 11:57 Quote
I'm still hoping it will turn out OK.
vdbswong 22nd July 2011, 12:22 Quote
TBH, apart from Bit-tech and a few choice forum members here who say they're beta testers, all i've heard about the game is positive.

Whilst I usually trust Bit-tech's judgement on things, from what i've seen and heard, it sounds exactly like what i'm expecting and/or want.
Nikumba 22nd July 2011, 13:07 Quote
Hopefully there will be an OSX version
desertstalker 22nd July 2011, 14:01 Quote
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Originally Posted by Nikumba
Hopefully there will be an OSX version

Good luck with that... It hardly seems likely, specially since you can just load up windows on your mac.
Jehla 22nd July 2011, 14:20 Quote
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Originally Posted by desertstalker
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Originally Posted by Nikumba
Hopefully there will be an OSX version

Good luck with that... It hardly seems likely, specially since you can just load up windows on your mac.

I'm pretty sure dragon age 2 and mass effect 2 came out at the same time on PC and Mac so I don't see why they would not release this on mac too.
vdbswong 22nd July 2011, 17:32 Quote
They've specifically stated that there isn't a Mac Version for Launch, but it runs fine on bootcamp.

I can find you the link if you want, but i cba atm.
Sonofalich 22nd July 2011, 19:20 Quote
I've played the beta.. I played up to level 25 and decided to stop there rather than spoil the rest of the game. I have to say I didn't enjoy the first 10 levels of play through what so ever... felt so crap and just a total won clone and didn't feel special what so ever.

However I persisted and kept playing and I found once I got to level 12 I actually got immersed in the story, which normally I don't give a rats ass about...

The only bad thing is in certain parts you really just don't care what people are saying... sure I love the voice acting for main story line quests as it makes it feel epic. But when some guy is taking 2-3 mins to explain he wants me to kill a few dinosaurs because of blah blah blah white noise blah blah, i couldn't give a ****. That's the only down side.

The game itself felt good, and I think it has a lot of potential I think you just have to take it for what it is and realise that Rome (wow) was not built in a day. It has a few features missing but I'm sure they will be added later, people always seem to forget that the polished shiny machine that is world of warcraft was certainly a different game in vanilla with a lot of features missing that people just take for granted now.

All in all I think it will be a good game and I've preordered my copy last night... It was very expensive at £60 for a digital collectors edition which would be the only bad part to be honest.
stefan442 22nd July 2011, 19:27 Quote
I may purchase this as im looking for a game to take me up to dark millennium online (warhammer 40k mmorpg) which wont be out for another year and a half. I refuse to play any more WOW, eve i just didn't get in to and forsaken world just seems to lack depth (crafting and slow start, i'm level 28 hunter and only played for 2 days and i haven't read any story of the story line)

50 quid for the standard package and a month free, what are the monthly sub costs?
vdbswong 22nd July 2011, 20:02 Quote
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Originally Posted by stefan442
50 quid for the standard package and a month free, what are the monthly sub costs?

Thought it was £45 for a Standard Package, £40 from Game if you want the boxed edition.

Monthly subs haven't been announced yet... just assume it's the same as most MMOs atm.
DriftCarl 22nd July 2011, 22:58 Quote
Cant wait for this game, everything I have seen has been what I want, except the crafting side of things. Nothing beats SWG crafting, and for some reason, no MMO since SWG has had that level of detail and dynamic feel of crafting.

If there is an MMO coming up that will have a role for people who enjoy the economy side of things, gathering, creating and selling for most of the time then I will definitely get it, until then I will play SWTOR :)
Cyndre 23rd July 2011, 05:01 Quote
Seems Game have taken down the collectors edition pre order, was up yesterday with no price anymore and today the page leads to an error.
vdbswong 23rd July 2011, 07:30 Quote
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Originally Posted by DriftCarl
If there is an MMO coming up that will have a role for people who enjoy the economy side of things, gathering, creating and selling for most of the time then I will definitely get it, until then I will play SWTOR :)

Eve Online :P.

It takes a bit of time to actually get into it, however the economy is completely player driven and involves Mining, Refining, Researching and Mass Producing.
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Originally Posted by Cyndre
Seems Game have taken down the collectors edition pre order, was up yesterday with no price anymore and today the page leads to an error.

Must have sold out :(.

Apparently the USA sold out of both the Collector's Edition and Digital Deluxe in a few hours.
Cyndre 23rd July 2011, 07:39 Quote
Wow obviously their pricing strategy works then! Though they must be missing huge amounts of sales due to the limited quantities, seems a bit like shooting themselves in the foot.
vdbswong 23rd July 2011, 08:18 Quote
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Originally Posted by Cyndre
Wow obviously their pricing strategy works then! Though they must be missing huge amounts of sales due to the limited quantities, seems a bit like shooting themselves in the foot.

Probably, however i've also been on the other side whereby i'm frustrated because "everybody" has a Collector's Edition and it's not really anything special anymore. I mean the price is something to separate people out, but i wasn't surprised when i heard it had sold out.

The limited quantities (in total, over the 3 editions) are because preorders include early game access (by a few days). I'm hoping this will make it so they can effectively stagger the initial influx of players and reduce the amount of Day One hustle/bustle.
Cyndre 23rd July 2011, 09:36 Quote
Flip side is I bet a huge majority of the orders are speculative purchases to be resold for extortionate prices prior to release. Bit of a double edged sword.
Also dissapointing they released to only a single UK retailer with such an narrow opportunity to place an order.

I must admit for me personally the collectors had just enough shinies and physical extra's to make it worth a purchase. But I shan't order the regular version as it simply doesn't justify its high price tag when it comes with nothing special. Likely a lost sale but hey whatever works for them, I'm sure they can afford it.
vdbswong 23rd July 2011, 09:45 Quote
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Originally Posted by Cyndre
Flip side is I bet a huge majority of the orders are speculative purchases to be resold for extortionate prices prior to release. Bit of a double edged sword.
Also dissapointing they released to only a single UK retailer with such an narrow opportunity to place an order.

I must admit for me personally the collectors had just enough shinies and physical extra's to make it worth a purchase. But I shan't order the regular version as it simply doesn't justify its high price tag when it comes with nothing special. Likely a lost sale but hey whatever works for them, I'm sure they can afford it.

I hope not :P.

I'm hoping to buy the Collector's Edition at a later date when it comes down in price for the physical extras :(. I saw all the discounted Cataclysm Collector's Edition on sale in Game and was hoping something similar might happen >.>

I'm just really disappointed they didn't do either mirrors for physical/digital and/or do a more "Halo-esque" Tier system.

I.E.

"Legendary" - Current Collector's Edition
"Limited" - Everything but the statue (or something along those lines).
"Standard" - Speaks for itself.

And then ideally they'd have Digital Versions, for those who don't need it in physical form, similar to Mass Effect 2's Digital Deluxe Edition - Scanned Artbook, Digital Soundtrack etc.

Basically i'm just annoyed that at some point i'll have to fork out to buy a Security Authenticator and the only edition it came with was the £130 version :(.
Star*Dagger 23rd July 2011, 15:09 Quote
This game will be one of the most important milestones in MMO history.

S*D
greypilgers 23rd July 2011, 20:44 Quote
What the smeggin' smeg is wrong with these smeg-'eads? £130??? For a smeggin' game???? Smeg!

What kind of total wally would spend a hundred and thirty notes on a single game that then had a monthyl subscription fee????
vdbswong 24th July 2011, 03:22 Quote
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Originally Posted by greypilgers
What the smeggin' smeg is wrong with these smeg-'eads? £130??? For a smeggin' game???? Smeg!

What kind of total wally would spend a hundred and thirty notes on a single game that then had a monthyl subscription fee????

Monthly subs don't bother me.

Nights out at Uni cost way more than a simple £15 a month (assuming worst case).

As for £130... it's expensive yes, but you could say the same about MW2 NVG, BLOPs RC Car and any of the Halo Legendary Editions... and i'd put more hours into SWTOR than any of those.
rollo 24th July 2011, 18:58 Quote
depends on your funds i guess if your a kid then i guess £130 seems insane amount for 1 game

i personally brought digital deluxe from origin as i cba with the extras even though the shop might of been good.

And the fact game is only uk seller of collecters edition is another issue for me as i refuse to buy from there store
Lsane 25th July 2011, 11:57 Quote
Personally I will be buying the Standard game. And that's probably more than I wish to spend on a new game these days.

I think if the subscription is more than WoW's monthly (or various sub options) then I'll just drift back to WoW.
vdbswong 25th July 2011, 19:03 Quote
Apparently the Collector's Editions weren't sold out in Game.

Also, i made a mistake and it was the Origin Collector's and Digital Deluxe Editions that sold out within a few hours. Amazon and other places apparently still have stock (although Amazon did briefly sell out, before they reallocated stock to them).

Anyhow, it's back up now.
greypilgers 25th July 2011, 19:28 Quote
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Originally Posted by vdbswong
Monthly subs don't bother me.

Nights out at Uni cost way more than a simple £15 a month (assuming worst case).

As for £130... it's expensive yes, but you could say the same about MW2 NVG, BLOPs RC Car and any of the Halo Legendary Editions... and i'd put more hours into SWTOR than any of those.

Ha ha ha! Damn right I'd say the same. And I'd be right too! If you buy the £130 version, the game itself didnt cost more to make, it isnt any better quality with better coding or graphical qualities, all it really has is some cheap taiwanese or chinese made tat that has increased the box price by nearly a hundred pounds, because it's Star Wars, and some people out there will be so busy clutching their private parts in delight they will spend an obscene amount of money on something that simply doesnt justify such a high price tag...

When it comes out, I shall not be holding my private parts and spending £130, but spending £30 and using the rest so someone else can hold my private parts! :)
Fizzban 25th July 2011, 19:34 Quote
I was pretty disappointed with the selection of editions on offer. The CE was lovely, but I can't justify spending that much on a game. Not to mention I just can't afford it right now. The digital deluxe was just right in terms of extras, BUT it is digital. I want a physical copy. So I get the standard edition.Yet even though it is a pre-order I miss out on the extras in the online edition. Seems off to me. Pre-ordering should entitle you to extras like the 2 following examples.

Pre-ordered Dragon Age 2 - Got upgraded to Signature Edition.

Pre-ordered The Witcher 2 - Got upgraded to Premium Edition.



Pre-ordered SW: TOR - Got Standard Edition with a colour crystal..... What the hell is that all about? It must be EA pushing their crappy Origin. I don't believe they would just forget to thank the pre-order crowd. A poxy crystal is waaay stingy. Anyways I needed to moan, I'm good now..
vdbswong 25th July 2011, 20:10 Quote
Well.... preordering does get you early access :P.

Some would call that quite a nice bonus.

I do agree that i'd prefer a boxed edition as well... especially since you can register it with Origin anyways (like Steam... but optional).
Fizzban 25th July 2011, 20:43 Quote
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Originally Posted by vdbswong
Well.... preordering does get you early access :P.

Some would call that quite a nice bonus.

I do agree that i'd prefer a boxed edition as well... especially since you can register it with Origin anyways (like Steam... but optional).

I ain't had my code. I pre-ordered the same day they released info. No early access code so far. So kind of a sore subject.

I don't think it is much of a bonus to be honest anyway. So I can create my character a few days/a week before everyone else? Big woop lol.
Digi 27th July 2011, 23:39 Quote
Lost interest. I won't be a true MMO and it won't be better than SWG. End.
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