TOR Early Access Starts December 13, Pre-Load Now

If you somehow didn’t get into The Old Republic‘s beta-test — which was one of the largest betas in MMO history — and have been dying to play the game, here’s some good news: if you pre-order TOR, you’ll be able to start playing on December 13, a full week before the game hits shelves.

Of course, you’ll have to download a digital copy of the game, which weighs in at over 20 gigs. Depending on your internet connection, that could means hours of waiting. Fortunately, if you’ve pre-ordered, you can pre-load the game as of now, so that when Dec 13 hits, you can start playing the very minute they open the floodgates.

The Old Republic reaches stores on December 20, 2011 in North America and on December 15th in Europe.

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2 Comments on TOR Early Access Starts December 13, Pre-Load Now

PeepsMcJuggs

On December 9, 2011 at 6:07 am

CJ,
I’m trying to make sure preorder customers are aware of a critical change in the SWTOR launch: this week EA/BioWare have backed out on the promise they made when people were preordering that there would be a grace period, but they have made no efforts to notify their customers at large.

At the time they started preorders this summer, Stephen Reid explicitly stated that there would be a grace period for hardcopy owners so they’d have no interruption in service between EGA and registration of their hardcopy code. So people preordered hard copies (notably the $120 Collector’s Edition) with the understanding they’d get EGA and be able to keep playing through launch until their retailer delivered the hard copy.

This week, they changed this policy and didn’t tell anyone. Now there is no grace period. Furthermore, they’ve stated that the game will be delivered to retail stores on launch day (Dec 20), and this includes online retailers: Amazon.com and others are now telling people that preordered that it may be over a week after launch before they receive their copy.

So now anyone who preordered a hard copy stands a good chance of experiencing an interruption in service. As a result, many people are already returning their CE copies in favor of the Origin digital download (which, as an aside, means more money to EA and less to the retailers).

But the bottom line is EA and BioWare still haven’t given their customers any sort of formal notification. The only official statement was in a forum thread on the SWTOR.com website, which is currently down for maintenance (and soon to be wiped this weekend). I’d provide links to you for the original quotes backing up this information, but they’re currently inaccessible via the same site.

Like I said, I’m trying to get the word out to those that preordered because anyone that doesn’t visit SWTOR.com will be completely unaware that this change has occured. This is going to burn a lot of customers, as basically those that pick up their copies in-store will be on better launch footing than those that preordered.

If you would like more information, here’s a link to a post I created with quotes from Stephen Reid (yeah, it’s on another gaming website…I’ve been all over the place tonight): http://www.gamesradar.com/forums/thread.jspa?threadID=92105&tstart=0

(P.S. I’m really excited about SWTOR. I must make that clear: I loved playing the beta, but this lack of communication with their customers concerns me, as it sets a bad precedent for future interactions between EA/BioWare and their SWTOR customers.)

sandy

On December 12, 2011 at 8:59 am

Well I just checked my Amazon order and it still says I will be getting my copy on Dec 20th release date. So I think people are overreacting…