Bioware clarifies Early Game Access for SWTOR

Wednesday, 28th September 2011 18:09 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Bioware community manager Stephen Reid has taken to the official forums to clarify how Early Game Access will work for those who pre-ordered Star Wars: The Old Republic.

According to Reid’s post, nothing has changed at Bioware headquarters regarding the Early Access since pre-orders were announced in July; however, he still felt the need to clear things up a bit.

“Everyone who pre-orders Star Wars: The Old Republic and redeems their pre-order code will get Early Game Access,” he said. “Those who do this will be able to download the game client and play the game ahead of the release date.

“While we aren’t ready to talk about the exact timing of when Early Game Access starts (that depends on a number of factors including Game Testing and pre-order numbers), we’ll announce that before the start date. Our planning accounts for allowing people to download the client before the Early Game Access start date, too.”

Reid goes on to state that when players will gain admittance to Early Game Access will be determined on a first-come, first-served basis depending on when said person registered their pre-order code.

“While we understand all of you want to be in Early Game Access on Day One, part of the point of a head start program like this one is to allow us to gradually ramp up the population of our servers so that on launch day, the general play experience is as pleasant as possible,” he said. “While we’re going to be allowing a lot of people into Early Game Access at regular intervals, we cannot allow everyone who pre-orders in at once. That would defeat the point of a gradual head start.

“The next obvious question is: ‘I pre-ordered on Day X, when do I get access?’ While we cannot answer that for everyone, I will say (as I did in July) that those who pre-ordered early will be getting Early Game Access, well, earliest. At this point we still have pre-orders available and therefore, anyone who pre-orders will still gain Early Game Access, but as they’re redeeming their code later, they’ll get Early Game Access later. As I’ve said before the difference between ‘early’ and ‘later’ should be a matter of days, not weeks.”

Hopefully this cleared things up a bit for some, and didn’t totally discourage others.

SWTOR is out in December.



  1. klewd

    …but, the game is going to be crap.

    i hope i’m wrong. maybe they’ll fix everything. maybe they won’t. they probably won’t.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. GrimRita

    Those who pre-ordered from shitty GAME will be fucked. Because GAME are crap, they didnt get pre-order codes out until 2-3 days AFTER people pre-ordered(the CE edition).

    Of course, other decent (e)retailers were getting their codes out on time across the pond, and of course places like Amazon and!). Why on earth would EA use such a naff retailer like GAME who dont give a rats arse at PC gaming is beyond me

    #2 3 years ago
  3. KillerDD

    This does rule out those annoying ‘World first’ achievements! Always hated those in WoW. People rushing to the end to get one of those achievements.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. The_Red

    @1 I’m not really hopeful about TOR either but the problem is that even a above average or good game would still fail to become a successful subscription based MMO as long as WoW exist. A contender HAS to be a near flawless game with lots of hype and positive buzz if it wants to challenge WoW. TOR seem to only have the hype part so far.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. GrimRita

    @4 but thats your problem. MMOs can still be a success without having the same dizzy numbers as WoW does. Rift,EvE, LOTRO, WAR are ticking along nicely.

    Hell, even Star Wars Galaxies stuck around for 5 extra years.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. The_Red

    @5 True but TOR is not any MMO. It’s dev budget combined with marketing costs is bigger than cost of Rift, LOTRO, Aion and all other combined. They NEED to make a huge splash to even have a chance to get their money back. Plus all the games you mentioned (Specially Rift and WAR) have been getting incredibly positive buzz before their releases. So far, I’ve heard nothing above “it’s ok” about TOR from people that have tried different TOR betas (Most of the impressions are bad. Not FF15 bad but still…).

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Droid

    I pre-ordered on Play and havent received my code yet. Maybe I need to poke them. :( Anyone else order from them, and how long did you have to wait til you got your code?

    #7 3 years ago

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