Star Wars: The Old Republic Release Information Extravaganza

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In a move that was a long time coming BioWare finally announced the release date of Star Wars: The Old Republic. For those of you who may be a tad curious as to what Star Wars: The Old Republic is (listen there’s bound to be one or two of you out there) let me  break it down for you.

SWTOR is an MMORPG from BioWare and LucasArts. It takes place in a time before the events of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and is a fully voiced story driven MMORPG. In this world you have various custom items like your very own star ship and companions. To get a better idea of everything that went into the game check out the gameplay trailer below:

Given that this is a full tilt boogie MMORPG you’re going to have to pay a little bit, but judging by what we’ve seen it appears to be worth the price of admission.

Star Wars: The Old Republic Release Date

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I could make a dirty joke here, but I will refrain.

Now when the release date was announced a thought struck me. The release date is December 20, 2011. This is just 5 days before Christmas. I can’t speak for everyone out there but if I get my hands on this my family isn’t going to really see that much of me. I’ll be in front of a flickering screen as I take my star ship through the galaxy with my Twi’lek companion kicking ass and taking names. I’ve been anxiously awaiting the release of SWTOR for a while now and with this release date the only thing I can think of is that Star Wars hates Christmas. Why else would they pick a December 20 release date. It’s not like it’s going to foster family togetherness.

Now this does not mean that everyone everywhere will taking this approach. In fact many video gamers will be spending lots of time with their families. I for one stated the above in jest however I can almost certainly guarantee that the majority of my conversations will consumed with all things SWTOR and galactic. This makes things tricky since my wife is not a Star Wars fan. In fact my wife hates Wookies. I don’t know how and I don’t know why. If you ask me that’s some BS but she really just can’t stand them. Looks like she’s in for a rough few days.

Star Wars: The Old Republic Subscription Rate

When you pick up SWTOR you’re going to be getting the first month free which is normal. From then out you’re going to be paying around $14.99 per month. Now like all good MMOs they would like to you to sign up for more than one month at a time. To help this they will offer discounts if you pay to play for 3 months and 6 months. The 3 month fee is around $42.00, or $13.99 per month of SWTOR or you could pop for the 6 month which is going to cost you around $78.00 or $12.99 per month. While the savings aren’t massive it’s still going to be interesting to see how SWTOR plays out in the future. If you haven’t put in a SWTOR pre-order already then I would I would do so quickly since EA is limiting the digital and physical copies.

The reason for this is to not bog down systems and create a poor offering. However this is not to say that this is going to be permanent. Once release is done and over they will work to upgrade their systems and make something a little more stable for fans and video gamers to sink their teeth into.

Star Wars: The Old Republic System Requirements

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Operating System

Windows XP, Vista/7

CPU

AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core 4000+ or better · Intel Core 2 Duo Processor 2.0GHz or better

RAM

Windows XP: 1.5GB · Windows Vista and Windows 7: 2GB · PCs using a built-in graphical chipset, 2GB RAM recommended.

Video

ATI X1800 or better* · nVidia 7800 or better* · Intel 4100 Integrated Graphics or better*

DVD-ROM

8x or better *Minimum of 256MB of on-board RAM and Shader 3.0 or better support.

Now that’s about all the information we have on Star Wars: The Old Republic. But what more could you possibly want? I’m so excited I actually danced a little when I saw the release date. Thank the gods that nobody was home but me and the dogs. They didn’t judge. They just danced with me.

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Comments

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Sep 29, 2011
Posted By
ahoodedfigure

I want to try it out, but as with any subscription game I’m always wondering just how much time/money investment’s going to yield a reasonable reward. Single purchase games always seem like the better deal to me just because the risk is limited to a price I can fully predict will stay the same or decrease, rather than an ever-increasing base price that de-facto comes from subscribing.

Since I’m not a big MMO player, I also don’t know to what extent I would need prior MMO experience in order not to be overwhelmed by junk I need to sift through in order to have a basic experience. Sort of like my comment on Kat’s overwhelmed; plenty of logical instructions just mean I have to methodically pick through them when I’d rather just dive in and explore.

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Sep 29, 2011
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wadoobie

Usually I would agree with you about the cost aspect, however I’m more of a Star Wars nerd than I am frugal. This is one of those “Yeah I’m gonna have to buy it” games. However with so many MMOs moving to a Free-To-Play structure so rapidly after release it’s almost a matter of playing a waiting game. I am betting that they will migrate there sooner than later.

The nice thing about SWTOR is that it doesn’t appear to require you to have previous MMO experience. Your ability to go it alone and explore right off the bat seems to make it a pretty easy “pick up and play” style of game.

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ahoodedfigure

If they think that model will help, sure. I think right now they’ve got a massive budget and need to get money up front to help make a dent.

Free to play also potentially affects the very structure of a game system. All the work they spent getting a uniform system together that assumes monetary investment’s pretty much equal will have to shift to accommodate for incremental payments. I hope that designers will realize you can just pay for unlocking more content rather than unlocking stuff that helps you win, a la Lineage.

I’m a Star Wars geek myself, with a bunch of qualifiers, and I like that the Old Republic setting lets Jedis be Jedis, and lets me get on with not being one without feeling like a dupe. It’s just that you’re never really getting this sort of game; you’re renting it.

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