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BioWare kicks off pre-order for The Old Republic

Thursday, 21 July 2011 08:39 GMT By Johnny Cullen

Yeah. You’re probably going to hear a release date soon.

EA’s kicked off pre-orders for Star Wars: The Old Republic, as well as confirming the contents of the MMO’s collector’s edition.

You can find the full details of what each SKU – standard, digital deluxe and collector’s – will feature below.

Standard Edition:

  • Game
  • 30 days of game time

Digital Deluxe Edition (Digital versions of the game are exclusive to Origin)

  • Flare gun – Fires flares into the air.
  • Training droid – Hovers at your side for combat assistance.
  • Holodancer – Project your own holographic dancer.
  • Holocam – Keep visual records of in-game adventures.
  • STAP (Single Trooper Aerial Platform) – Sleek and unique in-game vehicle.

Collector’s Edition (Physical only)

  • The Journal of Master Gnost-Dural – 111 pages of notes and sketches by the revered Jedi Master from the early years of the Great Hyperspace War between the Galactic Republic and the Sith Empire. Features never-before-seen artwork and all-new information.
  • Darth Malgus statue – The villainous Darth Malgus comes to life with this exclusive 9 in. collectible statue from Gentle Giant studios.
  • The Old Republic Galaxy Map – 14 x 20 in. at-a-glance look at the known galaxy.
  • Security Authentication Key Fob – Keep your Lightsaber and credits safe with this custom Security Authentication Key Fob for your game account.
  • Music of Star Wars – The Old Republic CD: Seventeen orchestral music tracks from The Old Republic.
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic game – The full Star Wars: The Old Republic game on DVD-ROM in a collectible metal case.
  • Exclusive Mouse Droid – A faithful droid to join you on your adventures [Virtual]
  • Exclusive Collector’s Edition Store – Unique in-game store with a dynamic array of items to assist you from your humble beginnings through your journey to become a galactic legend. [Virtual]

The fact that pre-orders have now begun means you’re all but certainly about to hear a date for it. EA’s already promised big stuff for the BioWare title for ComicCon today, so you may just hear it today. If not, then almost certainly gamescom next month.

The Old Republic is expected to be out later this year

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16 Comments

  1. Grimrita

    £130 for the CE through GAME. Ouch! And £60 for the DE on Origin. EA in ‘lets take the piss’

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Dralen

    I’m so glad I pre-ordered my copy way back when. The price has gone up £10 from it’s original price now.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. viralshag

    @ Grim, Give in to the EA side of the force and give them some money! Come TOR it up! :P

    Being the weak wet paper towel willed gamer I am, the mention of “early game access” sold this to me the moment I heard about it. I also got the digital deluxe edition too.

    I love the idea of CE editions and if I had a room dedicated to “useless game crap and junk” I would probably buy them more often.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Grimrita

    @3 ‘early game access’ is all fine but there hasnt been any kind of announcement of how many days it will be. It could just be 12 hours! And knowing EA, it probably will be something stupid.

    No word on the subs plan – how much it will cost and, if the game will have micro transactions in as well(which knowing the EA greed machine, probably will).

    Its a lot of cash for something that is still very vague. The darkside of the force clouds everything

    #4 4 years ago
  5. RockTwist

    There’s a rumour the early access is 7 days for CE and 3 days for standard. No idea on Digital Deluxe (which I ordered like Viralshag).

    http://i.imgur.com/F7Ow5.jpg is the source most people are speculating from.

    Bioware’s hosting a big panel at Comic Con tonight & tomorrow, so there’ll be more info over the next couple of days.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. viralshag

    @4, Damn you and damn your good points.

    I would like to think it will be 7 days. If it’s less than that I will be a bit peeved. As for sub plans, let’s just say if they are ridiculous, I will make good use of the free 30 days and not much else unless I am totally blown away by the awesomeness.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Grimrita

    And the need to be level 25 just to use your speeder(same as WoW?!). Man. At least you could ride a mount from day 1 in Rift.

    Same for me and probably alot of people. If it doesnt impress after 30 days, how many will stay on? The deal breaker for me will be pvp and how its done.

    I would love to see the ability to launch raids on cities and towns like you could in WoW and in Galaxies but Bioware appear to be keen to keep players wrapped in cotton wool and not experience ‘death’ all too often.

    And it appears if you live outside North America and Europe, you will have an even longer wait…
    http://www.swtor.com/community/showthread.php?p=7465799#edit7465799

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Phoenixblight

    Preordered the Deluxe version. THey probably will be announcing the date at COmic Con. Can’t wait for this game with all the leaked videos and seeing the game as it is played I am very much interested.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. viralshag

    Supposedly according to EA customer service the early access is like this:

    “For those who have pre-ordered the Base Edition or Digital Deluxe Edition of Star Wars™: The Old Republic™, Head Start access will begin three days prior to the release of the game.

    For people who have pre-ordered the Collector’s Edition, the Head Start access will begin seven days before the game’s official release.”

    If that’s the case, it’s kind of shit. And if it’s true, why not actually post it somewhere… I mean, having a £20 more expensive version getting the same early access as the regular edition is stupid. Surely it would make more sense to stagger it 7, 5, 3 days if anything?

    I’m worried that EA seem to be making bit of a cock up with the release, leaving out vital info and other countries basically getting shafted with no special editions at all.

    Edit: Used the totally wrong saying lol.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. silkvg247

    The prices are an utter piss take for a game with a subscription fee. I’ll wait patiently for the prices to reach normality before I give it a go.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Grimrita

    Origins has ‘sold out’ of the collectors edition lol
    http://www.swtor.com/community/showthread.php?p=7473666#edit7473666

    #11 4 years ago
  12. viralshag

    @11, Damn.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. viralshag

    Also, is there any idea how many CE copies there were available? If they went as big as Lotro with 5000 copies, that’s roughly $750k from the get go.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. Grimrita

    Ive heard its around 50k world wide. How true that is, hell knows. GAME are the only stockists in the UK and because GAME suck, those who pre-order have to wait 7 days to get their early play pre-order codes

    #14 4 years ago
  15. klewd

    Late nov to early dec. I’m calling it.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. Grimrita

    And now for the best(LOL) part -

    If you pre-order, you need to download the client from ORIGINS to access the game early. Now there is a SHOCK!

    #16 4 years ago

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  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for May 1, 2 – Hard Light edition

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  • Dragon Age: Inquisition Jaws of Hakkon DLC drops for PS4 on May 26

    Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC has now been announced for May 26 for PS3, PS4 and Xbox 360. The announcement was made on Twitter via the official Dragon Age account. Mark your calendars! #DAIJawsOfHakkon pic.twitter.com/mU1WfkSrQV — Dragon Age (@dragonage) May 1, 2015 The DLC was released for PC and Xbox One back in March thanks to […]

  • New Witcher 3 screenshots highlight Geralt’s questionable fashion choices

    Even though The Witcher 3 release date is drawing closer, it still feels like a million year away. So here are some more screenshots to tide you over until then. We got to look at in-game shots yesterday, but these new screens show Geralt riding through some gorgeously vibrant mountains, in the midst of combat […]

  • Sims Gurus patch out pregnant men

    Say goodbye to The Sims 4 unique take on fatherhood, as The Sims Gurus confirm that male pregnancies are no more. The Sims 4 players have been reporting high numbers of alien abductions, leaving their male characters with sore bottoms and a bellyful of alien baby. Kotaku reports that not everyone was getting their knickers […]

  • Black Mesa countdown probably points to Half-life remake release date

    Half-life remake Black Mesa may have a release date at last. Black Mesa is a Source Engine remake of the original Half-life, which like everything related to Half-life feels like it’s taking forever to come out. The first part launched in September 2012, and it looks like we might have a release date for the […]

  • Spector puts down rumours of troubled Epic Mickey development

    Epic Mickey seemed like a surprising follow-up project from the man who made Deus Ex, but Warren Spector has put down rumours of a difficult relationship with Disney. Epic Mickey displays several qualities found in Spector’s other games and which he has always espoused in interviews – heck, this is the man whose dream it […]

  • Ubisoft makes good on Child of Light promise with free eBook

    Child of Light fans can check out a gorgeous new illustrated book set in the world of Lumeria. Earlier this month, creator Patrick Plourde confirmed that there were more Child of Light projects on the way. As we expected from the cagey wording, at least the first of these projects isn’t a game: it’s an […]

  • Half-life episode from Junction Point would have featured a magnet gun

    Half-life seems to be on near permanent hold, but at least we can glean some insight into what might once have been. Junction Point’s cancelled Half-life game came up in Warren Spector’s Reddit AMA overnight. Commenting that he isn’t sure whether he’ll get into legal trouble for discussing the project, Spector gave a few comments […]

  • Destiny: exclusive shader, emblem on offer with Nepal benefit shirt

    Destiny developer Bungie has asked Guardians to offer their aid, and they’ve already responded in troves. A new Destiny shirt added to the Bungie Store is the object of a fundraising drive to provide aid in Nepal following a devastating earthquake this week. Bungie popped the pretty stylish shirt on sale earlier today, offering an […]

  • What does the creator of Deus Ex think of Human Revolution and Mankind Divided?

    Deus Ex creator Warren Spector seems pretty positive about the direction the sci-fi series has followed under Square Enix’s hand. Deus Ex was created by Spector and his team at Ion Storm, and remained with Eidos after the developer shuttered. When Square Enix purchased the British publisher, it put new studio Eidos Montreal to work […]

  • Protest Goat secures future for Elite Dangerous destruction derbies

    One of the stranger and more beautiful stories to manifest in the gaming world this week, I think. Elite: Dangerous has given birth to an unintended, emergent style of gameplay; a destruction derby like affair where players gather in no combat areas to both race and gleefully smash into each other until a victor limps […]

  • Destiny’s stunning landscapes captured in panoramas

    Destiny has some beautiful environments, which screenshots don’t necessarily do justice to. Walking around Destiny exclaiming over the lighting effects and the tiny animated details is the best way to experience Bungie’s tremendous achievements, but these panorama images stitched together from in-game screenshots are a good second. Click to see them fullsize. Redditor CenturyEagle made […]

  • Star Wars Disney Infinity re-release on the cards – rumour

    Star Wars is a no-brainer for Disney Infinity, and at long last it looks like it’s happening. A Star Wars re-release called Disney Infinity 3.0 has reportedly leaked from German retailers. We have to lable this one a rumour as we haven’t seen the original source, but the story was originally reported by DisKingdom, which […]

  • Award-winning mobile indie Monument Valley out now on Windows Phone

    Windows Phone’s game selection can be a bit restrictive, but has expanded delightfully today: Monument Valley is now available. Monument Valley is one of those gorgeous, mind-bending puzzlers the indie scene produces on the regular, winning awards and consuming everyone’s lives for weeks on end. Developed by Ustwo Games, with beautiful, understated art from Ken […]

  • Old-school EverQuest servers safe from legal troubles thanks to Daybreak agreement

    EverQuest rights holder Daybreak Game Company given its blessing to the wonderful Project 1999. EverQuest: Project 1999 is one of those lovely ideas that it are all too often crushed by the realities of the games industry. An entirely fan-managed affair, it provides an emulated version of the classic EverQuest experience, which is no longer […]

  • Free Dragon Age short stories fill us in on Corypheus’s followers

    Dragon Age: Inquisition developer BioWare invites you to learn more about the lore and characters that make up its beautiful role-playing setting. Dragon Age is set in Thedas, a world still only partially revealed by the three core games to date. BioWare puts a heck of a lot of work into its worldbuilding, employing a […]

  • Remember that gorgeous Luminous Engine tech demo? It now utilizes DirectX 12

    Remember the gorgeous Luminous Engine tech demo Square Enix showed off three years ago? The firm showed it again at Microsoft’s Build Conference, this time utilizing DirectX 12. The Witch Chapter 0 [cry] real-time tech demo was created from research Square conducted using real-time CG technology and DX12 in collaboration with Microsoft and Nvidia. The […]

  • Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones sneaks onto GOG and Steam services

    Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones can now be purchased through GOG and Steam. On both services it will run you £12.99/€14.99/$14.99. Links here and here. The game features: Fully explorable ‘Metroidvania’ style overworld, laying siege to a diabolical cloning facility with varied and detailed environments. A variety of special equipment to unlock new […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare DLC Ascendance has arrived on PC, PlayStation consoles

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare players on PC and PlayStation consoles can now download the Ascendance DLC. The second content pack contains the OHM weapon, the OHM Werewolf custom variant, and the second entry in the Exo Zombies saga, Infection. Four new maps are also included: Perplex, Site 244, Climate, and Chop Shop. Ascendance was […]

  • Latest Xbox 360 system update is live, now supports 2TB hard drives

    Xbox 360 now supports 2TB hard drives via the latest system update for the console. Support for the drives was announced earlier this month and has been available for preview members. “In addition we will also no longer reserve space in advance on your hard drive,” said the firm. “If you are using 16GB of […]

  • Kickstarter for Banjo-Kazooie spiritual successor Yooka-Laylee launches tomorrow

    Playtonic Games has announced the Kickstarter campaign for its spiritual successor to the Banjo Kazooie series, Yooka-Laylee, will launch tomorrow. The title of the game was announced today along with the Kickstarter date. Formerly known as Project Ukulele, the 3D platformer is said to be “between the size of Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie,” and stars Yooka […]

  • Console version of Mistwalker’s Terra Battle is in development

    Now that Mistwalker’s Terra Battle has surpassed 2 million downloads on mobile, the developer is now working on a console version of the tactical RPG. As part of the original Download Starter campaign, the 2 million milestone means the company will begin development on Terra Battle’s console version with details to be announced at a […]

  • Prison break game The Escapists is heading to PlayStation 4 from May 29

    The Escapists, Mouldy Toof’s prison break game originally released as a timed console exclusive Xbox One, has a release date for PlayStation 4. For those unfamiliar with the title, which is also a PC release, it tasks players’ time management skills as they do a bit of digging and crafting, and other prison-type stuff as […]

  • Dead Island 2 delayed into 2016 to ensure series is “taken to the next level”

    Dead Island 2 has been delayed into 2016 by Yager in order to ensure the sequel “takes Dead Island to the next level.” According to a tweet from the developer, it set “big goal” for the game, and in order to deliver what fans expect, the team needs more time to reach development goals. “We […]

  • Project Cars: here’s a list of all available cars at launch

    Project Cars will contain many, many cars and if we are counting correctly, there will be 74 total at launch. The standard edition contains 65 total, and when factoring the free car as well as the Modified and Limited Edition cars packs, you can add an additional nine cars to the mix. Comb through the […]

  • Competitive matchmaking support is coming to Team Fortress 2

    Team Fortress 2 will soon feature support for competitive matchmaking, which Valve says is a “high priority” project for it at the moment. According to a report from TeamFortress.tv, which visited Valve headquarters recently, Valve is looking into the possibility of 6v6 or 9v9 matches 9v9, a possible quick play option and it is also […]