Star Wars: The Old Republic Saw 1 Million Beta Testers Last Weekend, BioWare Says

BioWare handed out a whole bunch of beta keys for Star Wars: The Old Republic for a beta test weekend last week, and it seems the attempt to stress the game’s servers ahead of launch has paid off — the company is reporting more than 1 million players logged in during the weekend.

According to an interview with Eurogamer, the team over at Bioware Austin is on-pace, but subdued. There’s still a lot of work to be done, it sounds like, ahead of the December launch of the game, however.

The studio also intends to do a lot more in the way of testing for the game, as well. BioWare says it’ll have an open beta weekend sometime in the future (that hasn’t been determined yet) to really tax the servers, and studio founders Greg Zeschuk and Ray Muzyka said the most important thing right now is to make sure SWTOR is very stable at launch. That’s also why EA and BioWare intend to limit the launch of the game — they’re afraid too many logged in accounts could kill it, so they’re being cautious from the outset.

But things are where BioWare wants them to be, Zeschuk and Muzyka said. Nobody’s panicking (supposedly), but they’re also not ready to relax yet. I guess that’s positive as the SWTOR release looms large just ahead of Christmas.

Via VG247.

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4 Comments on Star Wars: The Old Republic Saw 1 Million Beta Testers Last Weekend, BioWare Says

Heru

On November 17, 2011 at 3:36 am

Yep, i was one of em. And i promptly canceled my pre-order after checkin’ it out too. WoW w/ lightsabers and voice-overs? No thanks, call back with an original idea.

Austin

On November 17, 2011 at 7:18 am

I was in the beta test last month and its rounding out to be a great game. The majority of these people going around claiming its a “WoW-clone” have only played WoW. They think its a remake because you quest, level, and do dungeons.. I hate to break it to you but those are core component of any MMORPGs. The game has a great dialogue system that actually makes you feel more in tune with the game and your character, the combat is more involved and is much more visually appealing as you see lightsabers clash and deflect blaster fire, and the questing system feels more like a story that doesn’t constantly send you out to kill 15 things over and over again. If you are truely debating over getting this game pickup a beta key from a third-party website, alot of different websites have them right now and are giving them out for the last beta weekend Nov 25-28, curse.com (the addon site) is one example.

CHoedy

On November 17, 2011 at 7:31 pm

@Heru

Your a total got.You seen what? maybe lvl 14 if your not a complete tool.You so mad cause you couldn’t figure out how to tank or pewpew? Keep playing WOW then you asshat.I hope you love ing your panda monk.You need to eat and die.Take it from someone who played the beta for a few months now,its not a wow clone.SO Heru you don’t know about !

Graham

On November 20, 2011 at 6:57 am

Simply put. While I was using a wireless connection (game lags, what a surprise), I do know that some mmos can support 1mil + (hell, I was playing Eve-online on and off for years, same with mir2 amongst others [only game that was lag free was Wish but that was a threat to the coders of swg [I was a closed beta test of swg] and was bought out, shame, it was a good game, huge world erm what lag and on 1 server coded by someone as a first year or 2nd year university pass-time project [ i.e a student with nothing much else to do not a huge corporation]. . Eve Online still is going and its graphics are improving with every update (they listen to their members and subscribers). time will tell if bioware/EA will do the same, they have the potential to be a sucess, they have the star wars fans, they have the gaming fans, now its time for them to step up and show us all what they can do. Just cus the stress test that recently happened was plagued with lag doesnt mean the next beta test weekend or the game itself will suck.

Those out there who are complaining about the fight parts of it have not played star wars combine, its been going 12+ years with no combat and has over a thousand players active every day (though the build wars are fun)

I’m just saying, dont compare to 1 game, if you are going to compare, compare to multiple games of same and different genres [I was invited to play WoW beta but turned it down cus I was never into WoW, always been a star trek/star wars person].

I am sure there will be folks out there that will flame this, but I am past the point of giving a damn. Not all games are for everyone, dont like it, dont play. pure and simple.