Time to do a little catching up with Star Wars: The Old Republic from official site updates to some news from around the web. Let's start with the newest additions to SWTOR.com.
First and foremost, the official site of The Old Republic has let loose new details and a video surrounding the Jedi Consular Class...
"There is power in wisdom, study, and diplomacy. The Jedi Consular wields that power with an even hand. Consulars study the mysteries of the Force. They use their knowledge to bring peace, but when words fail, their understanding of the Force makes them dangerous foes. Choose your Consular’s path – become the strong, silent hand of the Jedi Council as a Shadow, or immerse yourself in the mysteries of the Force as a Sage, healing and empowering your allies.
Last but not least from the SWTOR.com updates, we have the return of Fan Fridays which includes the following recurring features...
- Community Creations - Fan Site Spotlight - Wallpapers - Forum Phrases - Polls
Venturing away from the official site of Star Wars: The Old Republic, BusinessWeek.com and LATimes.com report that TOR pre-order sales have been very good to EA. Stock shares are up and analyst expectations have raised hopes to 3 million first year subscribers.
BioWare's Daniel Erickson talks about TOR critics, game design and more with VideoGamer.com.
GameFront.com provides a couple hands-on opinions from some player vs. player action.
Finally, GameRant.com points us back to the official site of Star Wars: The Old Republic, more specifically the forums at SWTOR.com, where community manager Stephen Reid discusses territory issues and the fact that the game won't be region locked...
"Since this thread began we've seen a lot of posts, a lot of opinions and a lot of discussion. I'd like you to know we're reading your feedback.
We understand that there's been a desire to gain a definitive 'answer' to why this decision was taken. As I've said before, you already have your answer in the very first post of this thread. It was a decision made to ensure the highest quality of game service in every territory in which we launch, regardless of when that launch occurs.
I'd like to recap on a few other key questions and answers:
- There are no plans to 'region lock' or 'IP block' players from the game. You may experience some latency issues if you're not playing in a launch territory. - Anyone who pre-orders The Old Republic and redeems their pre-order code will be eligible for Early Game Access. - Those eligible for Early Game Access will be able to download the game client before it starts. - There will be a period after launch day in which those who have pre-ordered will be able to continue playing before entering their Game Code. More information on this will be made available closer to launch. - We will accept credit card payments for subscriptions.
These seem to be the key questions for those who choose to potentially import the game, and hopefully we've answered those.
We understand many of you are also interested to know the timeframe for release of The Old Republic outside of the initial launch countries, but unfortunately we cannot give you a definitive timeframe right now. As we get closer to our initial launch, hopefully that will change and we'll be able to give you more details."