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Recently in TOR: Guild Launch PH2, Eurogamer Expo

Recently in TOR: Guild Launch PH2, Eurogamer Expo

Update: BREAKING NEWS: The Release Date is December 20th US and 22nd EU.

Well we finally have some great news to talk about. Guild Launch Phase 2 has been initiated allowing guilds to become allies or adversaries with up to three other guilds. Members with permissions can now invite friends via email. This leaves one more phase which will come during launch. Aligning with another guild does not guarantee that you will be placed on the same server.

While reading Edge magazine, I was happy to read a paragraph talking about Customer Service Agents that will be working on The Old Republic. Edge Magazine interviewed Ruben Cortez, Senior Director for European Operations. It seems that Bioware’s agents must not only provide support, but are required to play the game and know about what they’re supporting. Cortez said, “We have mandatory play time. We actually put it in people’s calendars: On this day at this time, get in the game and play” (Source: Edge Magazine).

This week’s Friday Update gave us a seven minute Developer Dispatch: Companion Characters video along with Companion Characters Update: Part 1. The update talks about customization, story and abilities along with two more very short videos.

Eurogamer Expo kicked off on the 22nd and ends tomorrow the 25th. Look below for more information.

An article on VG247 quotes James Ohlen as saying, “Because of the hype around the game right now, our launch numbers are predicting something really huge, which means we have to be ready for the biggest online launch in history essentially”.

DarthHater interviewed Stephen Reid at Eurogamer Expo. Check out the interview here. Also from Eurogamer Expo here is an interview with Daniel Erickson.

Check out this seven minute Developer Dispatch video “Designing Companions”…

Eurogamer Expo Links:
DarthHater Interview: Stephen Reid / Daniel Erickson / Photos
Eurogamer.net: Expo Opening Footage

Links:
TORWars: Dev Blitz on Dual Spec, Force Users, Stealth
Shacknews: Bioware Talks Old Republic Polish, beta testing
TORWars: Reid Tweets First Pics from Eurogamer Expo
DarthHater: DevTracker Highlights for the week of September 22 2011
TORWars: Getting to know Georg Zoeller QA
Republictrooper.com: Bioware’s Charles Boyd Shares Intel About the Story of the Trooper

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Recently in TOR: No Release Date Before Late Oct.

Recently in TOR: No Release Date Before Late Oct.

Update: The release date is confirmed as Dec 20th in the US and 22nd for EU.

CFO Eric Brown states that we likely will not see a release date prior to late October (EA earnings call is October 25th). This is not exactly unexpected at this point, but it’s still disappointing. Stephen Reid says “Investor calls and conferences are for investors. They are not meant for the general public.”

I have said in the past that what investors are told and what analysts say is typically absolute nonsense meant to calm the dogs at the door, but with a bit of common sense and knowledge of the industry you can always kind of sift through the nonsense and make some educated guesses with the information that they do give.

Read DarthHater’s post on EA at Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference.

TORWars interviews Damion Schubert who answers questions and talks about map sizes, crew skills, naming rules and the wall of crazy. Some ideas have apparently also been pulled off the wall of crazy and implemented in the game. Schubert also has confirmed dressing rooms which allow you to sample what gear looks like before equipping it.

Georg Zoeller talks about how massive space sports are, armor differences and how it’s not quick or easy to respec your character.

Corellian Run Radio posted this hilarious video of celebrities “attempting” to voice-over great moments in Star Wars movies.

The TOR forums are bumping up security and will require you to add new security questions.

A teen rating has been given by the ESRB.

Recent Podcasts:
Mos Eisley Radio Episode 51: An Even More Boring Planet
TORWars Episode 47: Does Bioware Have SWTOR Secrets Left to Reveal?
TOROCast Episode 120: Tom’s New Job
DarthHater Episode 96: The Final Countdown
KeyboardHeroes Episode 11.5: SWATH Radio

Links:
TORWars: Soaking up the Beatdown: Taking in SWTOR’s PVP
Gamezenith.com: The Reason Why TOR Will Be Revolutionary For MMOs
Massively: Hyperspace Beacon: Holocron Files – Pureblood Sith


Recently in TOR: Beta Reinvites, Fans Feel Lied To

Recently in TOR: Beta Reinvites, Fans Feel Lied To

I have followed the development of this game very closely for many years. Things went very smooth up until recent months. Since then we’ve increasingly been told to expect one thing. Then we got something totally different. If you’ve noticed the change then I’m sure you’re frustrated like many of us.

While I will not join those who believe that the game will release in 2012, I must be realistic and consider the facts and the possibilities. The fact is that Bioware has said repeatedly and adamantly that 2012 is a possibility. What scares me is that it’s increasingly more accurate to rely on the latter. It’s very possible that the release might slip into 2012.

Stephen Reid Quote

Read the above highlighted quote from a recent post detailing why testers are being re-invited to beta even though Bioware has said that they would not re-invite testers. The problem is the increasing tendency to go back on what was said (which you can see below from an older post)

Stephen Reid Post

Yes the quote says “this may change”. Regardless of whether Bioware covers it’s ass with a possibility, it’s still aggravating. Most of us wouldn’t care if Bioware didn’t tell us one thing and do entirely another.

This trend has been continuing for several months now. We were told that we would receive new information or specific details several times recently at conventions. We did not. Old information was recycled. Among other things. Let’s hope that Bioware realizes it’s recent mistakes and corrects them in the future.

Other news:

Greg Zeschuk and Ray Muzyka of Bioware talk about becoming a game developer.

The Old Republic will be at Gamefest in England on September 16th.

Star Wars: The Old Republic has 400,000 likes on Facebook.

Companions to eventually receive same-sex romance options. The option will not be available at launch.

Latest Podcasts:
Corellian Run Radio Episode 32: The View from the Redzone

Links:
MMORPG.com: Star Wars The Old Republic Will Change Questing Forever
DarthHater: Lore Update: Droids
DarthHater: Lord Update: Bastila Shan
TORWars: Here’s Looking at You Jedi Shadow
TORWars: Georg Zoeller Talks Balancing, Tanks & Abs


Recently in TOR: Ganking, Smuggler Video

Recently in TOR: Ganking, Smuggler Video

Read our rundown of some recent beta information.

The Old Republic will phase areas to handle server load at release. This will be done to a minimum. Switching instances will be limited and this will not be possible in combat. Other steps taken to prevent ganking: quick travel, stealth reviving and reviving at a medical center.

Drew Karphyshyn has written novels in the Star Wars and Mass Effect universe and lends his talent to The Old Republic. Take a look at this Newsarama interview.

This Friday’s update was a Smuggler character progression video. Thankfully it was not a PAX video but there is one if you want to see it. Also there is a Developer Blog available.

Check out this awesome video overview of starships available in The Old Republic.

And here is the Smuggler video…

Latest Podcasts:
TOROCast Episode 119: What About Me?
Keyboard Heroes Episode 11: Trainwreck
TORWars Episode 46: Smugglers, Beta Testing, and the Great Intergalactic Coffee Incident

Links:
Developer Blog: Stepping into a Larger World
TORWars: Two SWTOR UIs by Drast
DarthHater: PAX Prime James Ohlen Interview
DevilsMMO.com: Can TOR Live Up to the Hype?
Arstechnica.com: Dead Island PC update: It’s Still Broken


Recently in Star Wars: The Old Republic

Recently in The Old Republic: Jennifer Hale, Other Info

The Old Republic website has been updated with the full crew skills information.

VG247 interviews Greg Zeschuk (co-founder of Bioware and Vice President)

Apparently Bioware snuck in a guild systems update.

DarthHater takes a look at mounts in the game and the adjustments to those models made after fans were not pleased with the current available mounts.

There will be no collision detection in PvP and warzones.

Jennifer Hale the voice actor on a ridiculous number of projects who you might remember as Bastila Shan or the voice in over a hundred video games is listed as the “queen of video game acting” in The New Yorker. Information credited to TORWars.

The non-digital and non-EU version of TOR purchased from retail outlets numbers about 346,724. This does not reflect digital copies or European copies.

Lucasarts is working on an open-world RPG and will be hiring.

Links:
Darth Hater: Gabe Amatangelo Interview
TORWars: Gamescom Photo Gallery
YouTube (gosude): Gabe Amatangelo Interview
YouTube (thealinangel): Interview w/ Greg Zeschuk
TORWars: Hands-On Impressions: PVP at Gamescom
DarthHater Gamescom Coverage: Day 1 / Day 2 / Day 3 / Day 4


Recently in TOR News: Importing Down Under

TOR News: Importing Down Under

Think of this as an episode. We will call it “Recently in TOR News” for now, where we compile a bit of Old Republic news. I do like to keep things short and sweet. So on to the news.

Which class will you play? If you fantasize about Han Solo as a hot chick choose a smuggler. If you want to be the hottest blue skinned thing in the galaxy choose a Twi’lek. Ok, this is getting weird. Head over to IGN and read Who Are You in Star Wars: The Old Republic.

Concerned about whether you can or should do your class quests with a friend? TORWars addresses this concern with direct quotes from Damion Schubert himself.

A few things that your smuggler can be: a medic, a marksman and an explosives expert. Check in with TORWars for the list quoted from Georg Zoeller.

Unfortunately not much in the way of interesting gaming news has been released since E3 this year. Fortunately the Old Republic pod casts that we have grown to love are still churning out episodes. Recently: Mos Eisley Radio Episode 47: Crayon Eater, Corellian Run Radio Episode 30: Your Foots Sticking Out!, DarthHater Episode 92: Consular Highlights, TOROCast Episode 114: Cool Guys Don’t Look At Explosions and last but not least Alan Shot First invites you to discuss the class trailers at the Mos Eisley Radio forums.

At it yet again is TORWars! In another article this week they discuss loot, inventory space, the lack of an appearance tab, gear customization and the social point system.

Jedi Guardian

Since Bioware opened up pre-orders at about 3:00AM eastern on July 21st (correct me if the date is wrong) lots of fans have been upset. Canadians couldn’t order the collector’s edition early on and many likely missed out as quantities were limited and the collector’s edition sold out very quickly online (it broke a record for EA). Fans were sent scrambling to individual stores for copies as those stores got their shipments. Australians very quickly found out that they would not be able to purchase the game domestically.

So ever since, Australians have been asking the question, “Can we still play the game if we import our copies?”. The answer is yes! There will be no region locking. In other words, IP addresses from Australia will not be blocked. You might not be able to buy TOR in local stores down under, but you can import the game and play it. Lag might be an issue and you can probably expect rubber banding.

And as I like to say: “in case you missed it”…


SWTOR Fan Site Summit: The TORWars Guys Day Two #swtour

The article at TORWars: http://torwars.com/2011/04/26/video-fan-site-summit-day-two-we-play-swtor-for-hours/