BioWare clarifies SWTOR exclusivity on Origins

Thursday, 16th June 2011 16:09 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

BioWare has clarified that while Star Wars: The Old Republic will be digitally exclusive to Origin when it launches, the retail copy of the game will not require you to install the Origin client.

According to BioWare’s senior online community manager Stephen Reid, Origin is not required to the play the game unless you purchase it online.

“While Origin will be the exclusive digital retailer for Star Wars: The Old Republic, that does not mean that Origin is required for you to access or play The Old Republic,” Reid said on the official forums.

“Origin is a digital storefront, and the desktop application is there to give you quick access to Origin exclusives and deals. However, you won’t need to launch the Origin application to run The Old Republic, nor will you patch the game via Origin. Once the game is on your hard disk, you’ll be connecting to our servers to patch and launch the game, and Origin does not have to be running to do that.”

Reid goes on to say that the boxed version of the game will include the Origin client on a DVD, in case you would like a hard copy instead of a digital one of the service.

SWTOR is expected to launch sometime by the end of the year.

Thanks, ffronw.



  1. macronia

    Origin is shit !! Big fail in DD industry

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Hunam

    I think this could actually hurt SWOTOR more than anything. MMO’s probably get most of their sales digitally these days and the prices usually drop quick. If it’s too expensive for too long then it wont get the pick up it needs.

    Also, it’s kinda stupid as MMO’s have their own client. Launching a client for a client is a bit weird.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Yoshi

    Why are they forcing this? Isn’t Origin EA exclusive? So they won’t be making any profit from other publishers like Steam.

    I just don’t get it :/

    #3 4 years ago
  4. SplatteredHouse

    It says that if you intend to go the retail box route, you just add the key to your game account you made/make and then you can play. Steph, I took the term “client” provided on the disc to be referring to the SWTOR game client, because the community manager notes that in order to play or update, you would not need to launch the Origin application.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Droid

    It seems that Bioware have sent out emails with surveys in them to a few lucky people. Based on their answers they may be picked for the beta. One lucky fella I have gamed with before has apparently been picked.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. DarkElfa

    Fuck EA. I’m not installing another client and I’m not buying a disc.

    If it’s not on Steam, I’m not going to bother with it.

    That’s 2 games you’ve moved to Origin EA, wanna lose another 60 bucks?

    You think by putting these titles as Origin Exclusives that you can force your way into the DD market and you can’t.

    You’re going to lose cash and customers by doing this.

    Steam was first and best. We have friends, games and time invested in Steam and unlike EA, we trust Valve with our private information.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Grimrita

    Im sure for now, this will be the case. But 6-10 months down the line, I am certain that EA WILL force Origins on SWTOR players – especially if Origins isnt performing.

    #7 4 years ago

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