· All pre-orders get early access.
· SOE’s Smedley: The Old Republic will be the last big sub-based MMO (bad prediction).
· Achievements are confirmed for launch.
· No official launch in Australia (yet) but Aussies will still be able to play.
· Analyst predicts TOR sells 3 million units first year, 2 mil subs by end of CY12.
· Definitely not 50 flashpoints at launch, but at least 10.
Stephen Reid stated that anyone who has pre-ordered will get Early Game Access regardless of Bioware’s choice to stagger online access to prevent server congestion at launch. When you get early access will depend on several factors including when you pre-ordered and redeemed your code online. It is not known yet exactly when pre-orders will get early access. It is first come, first serve.
Shacknews apparently got confused, and they’re confusing you, so allow me to clarify. Nothing has actually changed since we announced pre-order access in July.
Recently Sony Online Entertainment’s John Smedley stated that SWTOR will be the last big sub-based MMO. Which really is absolute nonsense. I’m sure most people will agree that Sony/SOE doesn’t have a clue what it’s talking about and likes to put it’s foot in it’s mouth quite often. Bioware appears to agree, saying that there will always be a place for premium/sub-based MMOs.
Read the Pre-Order FAQ here.
As we have known for quite some time now Star Wars: The Old Republic will not be launched officially in Australia at the same time that it is launched in the US/EU. Australians can still purchase the game elsewhere and play. They will just have to deal with the lag until the game is officially launched with servers in Australia.
Analysts estimate that TOR will sell 3 million units in the first year and the subscriber base will reach 2 million by the end of CY12.
A rumor was started that their will be 50 flashpoints in at launch. Stephen Reid squashes that rumor:
“This is not true, sorry. Not sure where that might have come from.”
However the statement was made that the number of flashpoints are in the double digits. So at least 10.
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