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Catching Up With SW: The Old Republic

Posted By Mike on April 28, 2012

UPDATE: Instead of waiting for next weekend's round-up, here are a few more TOR-related links to add into the mix.

AZCentral.com provides a review of Update 1.2.

CinemaBlend.com breaks down some of the key points coming out of the latest Friday Community Q&A session.

And MMORPG.com reports on Daniel Erickson rebuffing stories of declining subscriptions as well as takes a look at "the worst" of Legacy Update 1.2.


ORIGINAL POST...

Today we begin with the press release announcing the expansion of Star Wars: The Old Republic to a wide variety of new territories and countries.



Star Wars(TM): The Old Republic(TM) Expands to New Countries in Europe and the Middle East
Award-Winning MMO from BioWare and LucasArts Launches in 38 New Countries Today

AUSTIN, Texas, Apr 26, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- BioWare(TM), a Label of Electronic Arts, and LucasArts announced today that Star Wars(TM): The Old Republic(TM) will officially launch in 38 additional countries throughout Europe and the Middle East. Starting today, fans in those regions will be able to purchase the critically-acclaimed massively multiplayer online game and enjoy the story-driven experience that has captivated critics and fans since the game's historic launch in December.

Players will be able to choose from the Standard Edition and the Digital Deluxe Edition of Star Wars: The Old Republic at Origin.com* and participating retailers located in Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Bahrain, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, Estonia, Gibraltar, Iceland, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates and Yemen. For a complete list of participating retailers and for pricing by territory, please visit http://buy.swtor.com.

The Old Republic is set thousands of years before the classic Star Wars(TM) movies, with the Galactic Republic and Sith Empire locked in the middle of an epic, galactic war. By choosing one of eight iconic Star Wars characters, including the Jedi Knight, Jedi Consular, Smuggler, Trooper, Sith Warrior, Sith Inquisitor, Bounty Hunter and Imperial Agent, players become the hero or villain of their own personal Star Wars saga. Players team up with friends online, fighting in heroic battles reminiscent of the films, immersing themselves in a galaxy full of vibrant characters and planets, while experiencing visceral Star Wars combat.

Included with the purchase of every copy of Star Wars: The Old Republic is 30 days of access to the game, after which players can continue to play by subscribing** to the current service, which gives players access to new, ongoing content such as the recently released Game Update 1.2: Legacy. For more information on Star Wars: The Old Republic, please visit www.StarWarsTheOldRepublic.com, follow the game on Twitter at http://twitter.com/swtor or "Like" Star Wars: The Old Republic on Facebook at http://facebook.com/starwarstheoldrepublic.

* STAR WARS: THE OLD REPUBLIC WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE ON ORIGIN.COM IN ALGERIA LUXEMBOURG OR TUNISIA.

** FOR SUBSCRIPTION PRICING BY TERRITORY, PLEASE VISIT THE OLD REPUBLIC FAQ.





The other official updates we have this week come from the SWTOR.com Community News area.

Yesterday brought us a new Friday Q&A session. An excerpt from the first few entries can be viewed below but make sure to click here for the full series of inquiries and responses.

"Phyreblade: Loved the Rakghoul Plague outbreak event and seriously hope you have plans to include similar events in the future. I am sure you can't specify what and when such events might occur in the future but anything you could say on the subject here would be welcome. Thanks for the great work!

Daniel Erickson (Lead Game Designer): We definitely have more surprises coming in the future but we donít want to have the same format or become predictable. I will say that these surprises will come in a variety of sizes that range from the stealthily rolled-out magenta Lightsaber crystal hunt, to full on server-wide explosions like the Rakghoul Plague.

Trietxan: Is there a plan to make social armor adjustable to armor rating? For example, I would really like to dress my Powertech in the Imperial Trooper armor without losing the heavy armor rating.

Daniel: Yes, adaptable social gear that automatically changes to your characterís gear type is coming in Game Update 1.3.

wyllam: I love the new armor color "unify" feature. Will this option (as well as "hide head armor") ever be available for companions?

Daniel: Definitely in the plans for the future."



If you're an honest Jedi-like individual, then you'll appreciate Thursday's post that highlighted ways in which the Star Wars: The Old Republic team is combating cheats and exploits within the game.


In addition to the items listed above, this week brought forth a new Dev Tracker Blog entry, some unscheduled maintenance on Friday, a new set of Weekly Patch Notes, and notice of the next scheduled maintenance:

May 1, 2012
12:01AM CDT (April 30th, 10:01PM PDT/1:01AM EDT/6:01AM BST/7:01AM CEST/3:01PM AEST) until 4AM CDT (2AM PDT/5AM EDT/10AM BST/11AM CEST/7PM AEST)



G4TV presents a tour of BioWare's TOR studio in Austin, Texas with your host Morgan Webb of XPlay.




CinemaBlend.com reports that a decline in TOR player activity could lead to merged servers.

And finally, Gamerzines.com caught up with Lead Designer Daniel Erickson in an interview that touches on the Legacy Update, his launch impressions, feedback responses, and more.






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About BioWare
The BioWare Label is a division of EA which crafts high quality multiplatform role-playing, MMO, social, play-for-free and strategy games, focused on emotionally engaging, rich stories with unforgettable characters and vast worlds to discover. Since 1995, BioWare has created some of the world's most critically acclaimed titles and franchises, including Baldur's Gate(TM), Neverwinter Nights(TM), Star Wars(TM): Knights of the Old Republic(TM), Jade Empire(TM), Mass Effect(TM) and Dragon Age(TM). BioWare currently operates in eight locations across the world, including Edmonton (Alberta, Canada), Montreal (Quebec, Canada), Austin (Texas), Fairfax (Virginia), San Francisco (California), Los Angeles (California), Sacramento (California) and Galway (Ireland).

In 2008, BioWare was acquired by Electronic Arts, a leading global interactive entertainment publisher. In 2011 EA created the BioWare Label, alongside EA Games, EA SPORTS(TM) and EA Play. For more information on BioWare, visit www.bioware.com , or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/bioware. To join the millions of fans already registered with the BioWare community, go to http://social.bioware.com.

About Electronic Arts
Electronic Arts is a global leader in digital interactive entertainment. The Company's game franchises are offered as both packaged goods products and online services delivered through Internet-connected consoles, personal computers, mobile phones and tablets. EA has more than 100 million registered players and operates in 75 countries.

In fiscal 2011, EA posted GAAP net revenue of $3.6 billion. Headquartered in Redwood City, California, EA is recognized for critically acclaimed, high-quality blockbuster franchises such as The Sims(TM), Madden NFL, FIFA Soccer, Need for Speed(TM), Battlefield(TM), and Mass Effect(TM). More information about EA is available at http://info.ea.com.

LucasArts, the LucasArts logo, STAR WARS and related properties are trademarks in the United States and/or in other countries of Lucasfilm Ltd. and/or its affiliates. (C) 2012 Lucasfilm Entertainment Company Ltd. or Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. BioWare is a trademark of EA International (Studio and Publishing) Ltd. EA and the EA logo are trademarks of Electronic Arts Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


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