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More Star Wars: The Old Republic testing invites sent

Wednesday, 23 November 2011 23:25 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Time to camp your inbox again; a new batch of beta invites have been sent for for Star Wars: The Old Republic.

Senior community manager Stephen “Rockjaw” Reid announced the new round of testing, which will run till Monday November 28 at 11:59PM CST.

Players will be invited to play from one of two start times – on either Friday or Saturday, 10:00AM CST. Check how that lines up with your time zone here.

Reid said players will need to receive an email invite; start times will not be listed on tester pages. Users are encouraged to keep an eye on their spam folders. Although only two batches of emails are planned, invites will be sent gradually until about 1:00AM PST/4:00AM EST/9:00AM GMT/8:00PM AEDT, so don’t panic if yours hasn’t arrived. Players have until Saturday morning – presumably that’s US time – to accept their invites.

The BioWare staffer also confirmed that the game is suffering login issues, probably related to increased traffic. Reid asked users not to call customer support if experiencing login or security question issues as work on the issue is already underway.

The Old Republic is due in December.

Thanks, Massively.

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16 Comments

  1. GrimRita

    I’ve got mine. 20Gb download but not sure if I will. I feel if I play this now, I will end up cancelling my pre-order.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. DarkElfa

    Yay, 10 am Friday.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. jacobvandy

    These bastards won’t stop spamming my email with this junk. I’m 100% less interested than I was a couple months ago, what with the eleventy billion new games I have to play. Thinking about starting a new character in Skyrim, too…

    #3 3 years ago
  4. GwynbleiddiuM

    “You are logged in from a region that we do not allow someone to play from.” So why the hell you send me an invitation to your crap?! Can’t your shit check people’s contact information on their freakin’ profile?

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Phoenixblight

    @4

    You can easily circumvent that by just logging in with a VPN attached. I would suggest doing that.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. GwynbleiddiuM

    @5 yeah, but I’d have tons of latency because first I should connect through a server on the other side of planet, then connect to the swtor then that package should go through the same procedure to get back to me, and that would be retarded and unplayable. Needless to say I gotta download 20GB of data before any of that to happen using that method too. So I recon you get the idea of how screwed up suggested method sounds now.

    I played WoW for 4 years, I played GuildWars, I played Age of Conan, I played LoTRO, etc, never had twisted issues like this, now all of a sudden I gotta tunnel to access SWTOR? I think I’ll just say to EA and BioWare to go screw themselves, I think I don’t need this ShitstarWars: The Old Retardic anyway.

    PS: I’m pissed, but I’d like you to know it’s not directed at you, so I hope you don’t get upset about it. :D

    #6 3 years ago
  7. GrimRita

    Just to clarify – these are not ‘new’ beta invites. This is just a date and time to actually play, following on from the previous ‘you have been selected to play SWTWoW’ sent out last week.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. viralshag

    @1, If that’s how you feel surely now would be the best time to play it? What’s the point in spending money on something you don’t think you will like if you have the opportunity to try it out this weekend?

    I got my invite, testing starts on the Friday for me. Gutted that I have work and a leaving do to go to.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. Talkar

    @8
    He won’t be able to troll as much if he cancels his preorder ;)

    #9 3 years ago
  10. silkvg247

    @GrimRita why are you thinking of playing this at all? It’s EA, the company you’ve done nothing but rant about lately. It might end up needing Origin to run, it already needs your EA ID to log in. :p

    Just wondered why the double standard.

    If anyone does play the beta I suggest playing the opposite faction to what you intend to play at launch. That way you won’t spoil anything and will get a good feel for the game.

    My first impressions are that graphically it needs polish, but maybe it’ll look nicer if they simply fix AA as right now it’s jaggies ahoy!

    Sound is of course top notch and playability.. so far so good. The questing is definitely the most immersive seen so far in a game, I’m pretty sure that’s due to the excellent voice acting rather than actual quest content (which is your usual kill stuff or get stuff or go somewhere..)

    The UI is fine, does everything you’d expect in a modern PC MMO i.e. More WOW and less FFXIV.

    There’s a few new cool ideas too, such as companions who’ll help you in combat and can be upgraded / level up with you. They can also go off and do sidequests which take x minutes and give Y reward.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. GrimRita

    @10
    Until it requires the use of EAs spyware then it remains on my shopping list – so its far from being a double standard. I of course already have an EA ID from earlier Battlefield games and, a login for Bioware

    Regarding factions – it has to be Empire. I wanted to be a Bounty Hunter but thats pointless as you cant hunt anything(in terms of player bounties) so I am looking at being a Sith Wizard..whoops, Assassin!

    In reference to ‘cool new ideas’ from the recent crop of videos its certainly lacking in this area and it seems like its taking a step back considering what Galaxies offers(ed).

    I do need a ‘new’ MMO in my life but if SWTWoW as the same kind of pvp as Rift then it will swiftly be uninstalled. I am praying that the guys behind the superb Warhammer online pvp will be allowed to flex their creative muscle and produce something that isnt based upon rankings of stats as it makes pvp so unbalanced.

    In Rift(I believe its changing soon) you reach level 50 and still get your butt kicked because of ranked gear. So a level 50 ranked 1 pvp player will still get slapped silly by a level 50 ranked 2 simply due to the stats on their gear.

    Graphically – meh. But that isnt a deal breaker for me as I put up with the muppet show styling for WoW.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. silkvg247

    tbh I don’t get much of a WoW feel from it at all. I mean yes it has a standard interface, and the standard itself was more or less laid down by WoW, but other than that not really. It’s one of the few MMO betas I have played where you *don’t* see constant WoW comparisons in general chat. Everyone’s too busy enjoying the game for what it is, and getting engrossed in the storyline and questing which let’s face it is what an RPG is supposed to be all about.

    PvP so far seems good, but not played it enough to comment on properly. What I will say is it doesn’t feel particularly different, bunch of muppets running around ignoring objectives, the usual! Although a nice touch was you can elect an MVP at the end, which has more to do with how players viewed your contribution rather than your score. And I managed to get one yaay. Now if only I knew what they actually do.. possibly just give you more rank or whatever.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. GrimRita

    I was hoping for combat to be more engaging and its a missed opportunity for Bioware. Combat is far from ‘heroic’ its just 3 NPCs instead of 1 with reduced health bars to give you the impression that you are actually doing more.

    Personally, I would love to see the game offer/do more. Huttball is an excellent opportunity to have betting, the Hutts could cheat or throw some scandal in to the mix – IGN’s preview of being a netural is a worry as its extremely difficult to do anything – so why cant a Smuggler/Bounty Hunter work for both sides, instead of being shoe horned into a faction?

    There’s lots of things they could/should have done to make the game do far more than WoW and give people a reason to move from WoW to SWTWoW but right now, why should someone give up a 7 year investment to start over and grind again? Sure, there will be a few but if this game doesnt at least take a huge chunk out of WoWs market share, it will be deemed a failure by the community(rightly or wrongly).

    Warhammer online, Age of Conan were deemed failures because it didnt have 10 million players, which of course is silly but thats how a lot of people judge if they should be part of an MMO.

    As I said yesterday, beta will make or break this game for many people.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. silkvg247

    It’s early days yet. WoW didn’t even have BG’s at launch, or am I getting old? I can’t remember if WSG was patched after or not.

    Also to say my highest char is level 10, I don’t really think I’m in a position to say the game doesn’t have enough new stuff. Heck I don’t even have my own ship yet.

    So far the beta has made me look forwards to the game more than I was originally (I’m not a massive SW fan so was a bit on the fence).

    #14 3 years ago
  15. GrimRita

    WoW didnt have alot of stuff at launch but has raised the bar for what an MMO should have(again, rightly or wrongly) at launch.

    Galaxies at launch didnt have vehicles or mounts so you had to run everywhere(my god!) but what it did have was open world pvp. I remember the nightly battles outside Bestine and Anchorhead between the rebels and empire – they were fantastic. Groups of 80-100 people all in combat!

    Sure, if you didnt want to get involved, you could watch but pity the poor Doctor who might have tossed a heal out, would instantly make him a target and within the blink of an eye, be lying dead lol.

    Bounty Hunting in SWG was worth the sub fee alone for me. I loved tracking down Jedi and killing them. I was an Imperial BH and decided not to hunt down Sith but Bounty Hunters could decide if they wanted to hunt down Jedi and/or Sith – that was the beauty of the system.

    I hope SWTWoW will add something like this asap because an MMO needs more than ‘story’ and dull arenas for those interested in pvp.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. Talkar

    @15
    But hunting players was also a problem in galaxies. It encouraged ganking, which i’m very much against, but i agree with you that it takes away the feeling of being a bounty hunter if you can’t hunt players. Maybe it will be added later if it can be done in a better way than it was in galaxies.

    #16 3 years ago

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    A series of tweets from BioShock creator Ken Levine has shed a sliver of light upon his next project. According to Levine he and his team are considering something a bit sci-fi and contemplating first-person mode. The team is developing the game for PC with a large in scope, expandable, systems-based narrative where more can […]

  • Become a lynx in new Shelter 2 trailer

    Shelter 2 casts players in the role of a lynx, which makes for quite a different experience to the badger of the first game. The first Shelter game had you evading predators, but in the second, you becomes one yourself. That doesn’t mean there are no dangers to face, of course. Judging by the trailer […]

  • Why King of Fighters 13 isn’t coming back to Evo

    Evo, the premiere western fighting game tournament, has dropped support for a few previously favoured titles. King of Fighters 13 had a loyal following, but isn’t featured in the Evo 2015 line-up. “Many things go into what games makes it to Evo, but the most obvious one is, ‘Is the community playing this game?’” Evo […]

  • An average Evolve match takes less than ten minutes

    Evolve players are pretty quick at hunting each other down. Evolve developer Turtle Rock has released an infographic brimming with statistics garnered from its recent beta test. One of the key takeaways is that all three monsters, and all four classes, are working as intended – their performance in game matches Turtle Rock’s designs. If […]

  • Super Mario Amiibo can be pre-ordered on Nintendo UK, Mario and Peach sold out

    The latest set of Amiibo in the Super Mario series is now available for pre-purchase through the Nintendo UK Store. Each of the following sports a red base and will run you £10.99: Bowser, Luigi, Mario, Peach, Toad and Yoshi. It looks like Peach and Mario are both sold out, though. All six can be […]

  • The Music of League of Legends Vol. 1 free to download now

    League of Legends has excellent music, and now you can have it too. The Music of League of Legends Vol. 1 collects 15 tracks from the MOBA’s history, and is available for free. You can grab the music from iTunes, Google Play or via direct download. Tere’s an example track below to get you in […]

  • Super Bowl 49 update arrives on Madden NFL Mobile

    With Super Bowl 49 occurring this coming Sunday, February 1, EA Sports has updated Madden NFL Mobile with new feature enhancements and Super Bowl-themed Live Events. Updates include: League vs League Tournaments Obstacle Course Super Bowl Bonus Players Tom Brady and Richard Sherman Super Bowl Legends Super Bowl Moments Upgraded Auction House The Super Bowl […]

  • See Super Smash Bros.’ unused custom moves

    Super Smash Bros. was originally intended to have 16 custom moves per character. The final version of Super Smash Bros. only features 12 custom moves per fighter, but Nintendo left animations for some of the cut moves in place. A Youtuber called RED has dug these cut mvoes out of the brawler’s code, and displayed […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt contains 16 hours of sex scene mo-cap data

    Sex is nothing new to the The Witcher games, and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is no exception. In fact, it contains 16 hours of sex scene motion capture data. Giggity. There’s a reason for the bedroom dalliances though, as Geralt is a flesh and blood human, or a modified human at any rate, with […]

  • Here’s the launch trailer for Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered

    A launch trailer for Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered has been released after an Amazon listing was revealed for it over the weekend. Key upgrades include: High-definition Graphics — All of the in-game textures have been meticulously recreated in HD for mobile and desktop. Widescreen Support – A true widescreen (not cropped) view strengthens the game’s […]

  • The open beta for Battlefield Hardline will be dated tomorrow

    The exact dates as well as more information on the Battlefield Hardline open beta will be shared tomorrow. This is according to the latest blog post from developer Visceral Games. “We’ll share the exact dates and info on the Battlefield Hardline open beta tomorrow,” wrote Visceral boss Steve Papoutsis. “Stay tuned, thanks again, and keep […]

  • Upcoming Hearthstone patch to apply balance change to Undertaker

    An upcoming Hearthstone patch will apply a balance change to the Undertaker card, Blizzard has announced. After the release of Goblins vs Gnomes, Blizzard said it kept an “eye on the state of game balance” as more matches were played using the additional cards. Released with The Curse of Naxxramas, Undertaker is considered an overly […]

  • February Games with Gold offers up Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

    The free games on offer in February via Xbox Live Games with Gold have been announced. Xbox Live Gold members on Xbox One can download #IDARB during February. Xbox 360 users can grab Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons from February 1-15, when it will be replaced by Sniper Elite V2 from February 16 -28. […]

  • Kinguin blames unidentified Russian for deactivated Far Cry 4 keys

    Third-party game key seller Kinguin is issuing refunds to those who found their games deactivated through Ubisoft’s Uplay service. Customers which purchased keys for Assassin’s Creed: Unity, Far Cry 4, The Crew and Watch Dogs are affected. Kinguin said 4,600 customer tickets were submitted over the last 72 hours and 35 out of 3,400 of […]

  • Video Unlimited to be re-branded as PlayStation Video starting in February

    Like Music Unlimited, Sony’s Video Unlimited service is being replaced and re-branded PlayStation Video. PlayStation Video will become part of PlayStation Network to streamline digital services for the over 64 million PSN users. PlayStation Video and PlayStation Music will be added to PSN which is already a destination point for the PlayStation Store, PlayStation Plus, […]

  • Spotify arrives on PlayStation Music this spring, Music Unlimited closing

    Spotify will launch on PlayStation Network this spring as part of a new music destination called PlayStation Music. PlayStation Music is a replacement for Music Unlimited, and those with a PSN account can link to Spotify which can be used just for music, or when playing games on PlayStation 4. Existing playlists from current Spotify […]

  • Closed beta for Alone in the Dark: Illumination starts tomorrow

    The private beta period for Alone in the Dark: Illumination starts on January 29. Those who pre-order the game via Steam, will automatically be included in the beta, enabling them to provide feedback on the first campaign in single-player mode. An additional beta period will be announced in the weeks leading up to launch. The […]

  • Majora’s Mask Special Edition New 3DS XL available once more on UK store

    UK residents who want to get their hands on the shiny Majora’s Mask Special Edition New 3DS XL can once again pre-purchase it through the Nintendo UK Store. If you want one, you better hurry because units will likely go rather fast. Only one per customer is allowed, and once you drop £209.99 on it, […]

  • Nintendo Q3: 1.9M New 3DS models sold, Wii U lifetime sales hit 9.2M

    New 3DS XL has sold 1.3 million units as of December 31, 2014, Nintendo announced in its Q3 financial results today. New 3DS moved 580,000 units by the end of the same period. Lifetime sales of both systems combined total a little under 1.9 million. Combined global sales for current 3DS models available in Europe […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s exo zombies reanimate a familiar format

    Advanced Warfare’s exo suits manage to bring an undead format back to life. Dave Cook welcomes zombies back to Call of Duty. “The challenges start to spike early so seasoned zombie slayers needn’t worry about being coddled.” Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s first DLC went live this week, dropping four very solid maps for multiplayer […]

  • YouTube app and Maps will be removed from PS Vita

    Sony said that it will end support for the YouTube and Maps apps, as well as remove the “near” feature in an upcoming firmware update. Sony has revealed that a system update releasing in March will remove the Maps app and prevent the “near” feature from obtaining location address or display maps, making it redundant. […]

  • There is a Destiny loot cave Easter egg in Dying Light

    Dying Light is the latest game to take a jab at Destiny by having its own loot cave. Destiny’s infamous loot cave has been recreated in Dying Light, sort of. Of course the loot cave in Dying Light is only an Easter egg and doesn’t actually net you any loot. Instead, upon entering it, you […]

  • Resident Evil: Revelations 2 supports co-op in story mode, but only offline

    You can play the campaign of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 in co-op, but not online. 4gamer spoke to producers of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 and made out with a few details concerning story, setting and more. The site confirmed that while you will be able to switch between characters in the single player, and have […]

  • The Witcher 3 may have a permadeath “Insanity” mode

    Although not yet confirmed, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt developer CD Projekt RED is working on a difficulty mode dubbed “Insanity” that will delete your save if you die. During Monday’s Twitch stream, the developer took a few questions from the chat and we’ve got a bunch of answers. There are many interesting little bits […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition is the most successful launch for BioWare, based on sales

    Dragon Age: Inquisition is responsible for the most successful launch in developer BioWare’s history, according to EA. During last night’s EA Q3 2015 earnings call, the publisher said that Dragon Age: Inquisition was the most successful launch for developer BioWare. Today, we get a bit more detail. “In particular, Dragon Age: Inquisition had by far […]

  • Here’s a walkthrough of one mission from Far Cry 4 Hurk Deluxe DLC

    Far Cry 4′s latest DLC pack, Hurk Deluxe, seems like good fun, judging from this video. The Hurk Deluxe Pack was released today on all platforms. It comes with five new missions. The video below takes a look at the “Call of the Wild” mission. In the walkthrough you’ll get to see some of the […]

  • Battlefield Hardline beta date confirmed on Xbox Store

    The beta date for Battlefield Hardline has popped up on the Xbox Store, confirming the rumoured date. The listing for the Battlefield Hardline beta is available for anyone to see right now on the Xbox Store. Granted, it’s for Xbox 360, but unless EA is starting this beta early on Xbox 360, this will pretty […]

  • GTA player flies jets backwards in impressive stunts

    Doing stunts with jets in GTA 5 can be impressive, but it’s nothing like flying them backwards. Making videos of your jet stunts has become too mainstream. Which is why the latest video from YouTube channel GTA5Videos is all about defying that. The video below features some insane stunts mostly done by flying jets backwards, […]

  • CoD: Advanced Warfare balance patch out, System Hack nerfed, HBRa3 buffed

    The latest patch to Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is here with some major changes to game balance. Making good on the promise to nerf System Hack, developer Sledgehammer Games has released the latest patch to Advanced Warfare to do just that, and much more. The patch is out now on Xbox platforms, with PlayStation […]

  • Grinding three purples in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel may crash your game [UPDATE]

    Update: Gearbox Software has announced there’s currently a hot-fix in place for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel as a temporary solution to crashes caused with the DLC update. Until a permanent fix can be made, the hotfix should correct crashing issues. All will be fixed in the next major game update. Original Story A bug that snuck […]

  • Havoc maps up the tempo for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

    Dave Cook dons his Exo suit to find the new Havok DLC maps a great change of pace for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Given that Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare places great emphasis on verticality, it’s little wonder that Sledgehammer Games has designed the first of its four DLC map packs with elevation and […]

  • G2A responds to deactivated Far Cry 4 keys debacle

    G2A, one of the third-party sellers that were named in the ongoing episode of deactivated Far Cry 4 keys has decided to release a statement. G2A is a well known third-party key sellers online. Most users know it through its sponsorship deals with many YouTube and Twitch channels. The service sells keys both through its […]

  • Petroglyph’s Victory resurfaces with Korean co-developer

    End of Nations, Mytheon and Grey Goo developer Petroglyph Games seems to have salvaged a stalled project. Victory popped up back in early 2013 after Trion Worlds took End of Nations in-house. Petroglyph’s attempt to crowdfund the unusual strategy title ended in iniquity, but it vowed to do whatever it could to bring the game […]

  • Far Cry 4 Hurk Deluxe DLC now available

    Far Cry 4′s latest DLC pack adds new story missions and a pile of new weapons. Far Cry 4: Hurk Deluxe is now available on PC and Xbox platforms, and is rolling out to the PSN in line with local network updates. The pack bundles five story missions, including Yak Farm, Blood Ruby and Hurk’s […]

  • Yes, Resident Evil: Revelations 2 has microtransactions

    Resident Evil: Revelations 2 has microtransactions, but thankfully they’re not as outrageous as initial reports suggested. The subject of Resident Evil: Revelations 2′s microtransactions arose earlier today with reports filtering out of a European press event that you’ll be able to pay to keep playing after your character dies. The ramifications of this are pretty […]

  • Play mini-games to unlock Magicka 2 content

    Magicka 2 publisher Paradox Interactive has invited fans to earn in-game rewards by playing other games. The Magicka website will host various mini-games in the build up to Magicka 2′s launch later this year on PC and PS4. Playing these games controbutes to a community score total which will eventually unlock in-game content as well […]

  • Deactivated Far Cry 4 keys were purchased through Origin

    Far Cry 4 owners who found their games deactivated without warning may be surprised to learn where they came from. Many copies of Far Cry 4 purchased through third-party re-sellers have been deactivated without notice. Although resellers affected by the deactivations argued that they had made authorised purchases, Ubisoft has denied this. The publisher told […]

  • Will Assassin’s Creed visit Japan in 2016?

    The next Assassin’s Creed game after Victory may finally bring ninja and assassins together. An Assassin’s Creed fan has spotted what certainly looks like a heavy hint that the next game after Victory will be set in Japan. Ubisoft forums member Cornik22 was looking through the Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag official art book when […]

  • Resident Evil HD modder aims to restore original, terrible voice acting

    Resident Evil and its early sequels are justifiably famous for their simply dire voice acting. Some Resident Evil fans feel they just can’t enjoy the experience of exploring Umbrella facilities if someone isn’t talking at them with absolutely no regard for pacing, content or tone. As a result, modder Bunny has stepped up to the […]