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  • SWTOR – class changes and balancing coming with Update 1.4

    SWTOR Update 1.4 will address several issues with class gameplay usability and balance when it launches for the MMO. According to a new developer post from senior designer Austin Peckenpaugh, foremost among the changes will be an adjustment to crowd control and the Resolve system, and a “reevaluation of stealth spec gameplay.”

  • EA’s Moore sings BioWare’s praises: studio has ‘done great’

    Mass Effect 3, Star Wars: The Old Republic and Dragon Age 2 have amounted to what has been a ‘great’ 18 months in the partnership between BioWare and EA, COO Peter Moore has explained.

  • SWTOR – F2P option in fall, subs drop below 1M

    EA and BioWare announced today that it will be expanding Star Wars: The Old Republic by adding a new free-to-play option this fall.

  • Weekly SWTOR Q&A discusses how automatic server migrations will affect characters

    Damion Schubert, principal lead systems designer in SWTOR, has tried to alleviate migration fears for players who’ve yet to manually transfer their characters onto another server.

  • Riccitiello – MMO subscription model in a free-to-play market is “challenging”

    EA CEO John Riccitiello has told CNBC “there’s a lot of power in free-to-play,” which has proved a tough model to compete with when it comes to MMOs.

  • SWTOR executive producer resigns, more lay-offs hit BioWare Austin

    Star Wars: The Old Republic’s executive producer Rich Vogel has told Gamasutra he is no longer with the company, as reports out of Austin, Texas state Bioware has issued a round of lay-offs today. The redundancies at BioWare Austin are part of the restructuring plan announced in May, which EA said were necessary to maintain SWTOR growth. […]

  • SWTOR free trial goes live with patch 1.3.2

    BioWare has announced its unlimited trial for Star Wars: The Old Republic launches today with patch 1.3.2. The trial will allow players access to eight classes and the respective origin worlds as well as one PvP Flashpoint PvP – up to level 15. Players who have previously participated in the Weekend Pass Free Trials or […]

  • SWTOR is proof subscription MMOs have peaked, says Pachter

    Analyst Michael Pachter believes subscription MMOs have peaked, stating that if BioWare couldn’t make a success out it with Star Wars: The Old Republic, “then no one can.”

  • Get a Gannifari pet when you transfer to a qualifying server in SWTOR

    Want an incentive to switching your SWTOR character over to another server? BioWare has read your mind and is offering up a Gannifari pet if you do, and to sweeten the deal, it’s also handing out 25 Black Hole Commendations so you can buy some super special high-end kit. According to the firm, “hundreds of […]

  • SWTOR devs explain how the tie-breaker is decided on Voidstar PvP map

    SWTOR team members have explained how the tie-breaker is decided on the Voidstar PvP map, an area which by all accounts, can be a frustrating situation for many players.

  • SWTOR Update 1.3 – Allies launches today

    In case you forgot, BioWare’s releasing Update 1.3 – Allies for SWTOR today. The update contains the Group Finder, Ranked Warzones, Legacy Character Perks, and Adaptive Gear. Load up your game client, and start patching now.

  • SWTOR – list of available servers for transfer updated

    BioWare has updated the list of SWTOR servers eligible for character transfers. Those wondering if their server has been deemed worthy, hit up the list here. BioWare will be offering free character transfers from select origin servers to pre-determined destination servers, and said servers and their corresponding destination servers “will be revealed on a regular, […]

  • EA plan on being in the SWTOR business “for a long time”

    EA’s Frank Gibeau has said one of the ways the firm plans on attaining and retaining more players in Star Wars: The Old Republic is by offering the free trial, continuing to improve the gameplay, and by adding more content. This, he said, proves the firm plans to be in the “in the Star Wars […]

  • SWTOR is free-to-play up to level 15 starting in July

    BioWare co-founder Ray Muzyka took the stage at EA’s E3 press conference to announce Star Wars: The Old Republic will be going free-to-play up to level 15 next month.

  • SWTOR – MMO subscriber numbers “are funny things,” lots of “variables to consider,” says BioWare

    BioWare’s Emmanuel Lusinchi has said there are many variables and metrics when it comes to figuring out how many players an MMO such as Star Wars: The Old Republic has; therefore, when a number is provided by the company or a retailer, it’s not the full picture.

  • Report – Average SWTOR server has 344 players online at a given time

    Over on the SWTOR forums, a player going by the name Scorpienne has complied a report which features population estimates on the MMO’s servers. According to his estimates, some servers only have, on average, 344 players online at a given time.

  • BioWare restructures SWTOR team, announces lay-offs

    BioWare heads Greg Zeschuk and Ray Muzyka have confirmed a round of layoffs for Star Wars: The Old Republic. A post on the official website confirms the layoffs but is scant on details, and only states the following alongside praise for the team: “We still have a very substantial development team working on supporting and […]

  • Star Wars: The Old Republic update 1.3 detailed

    BioWare’s detailed update 1.3 for Star Wars: The Old Republic, the key feature of which being a group finder for flashpoints and operations. The update, called Allies, will also come with server transfers, more legacy options and more. IGN has more details, with a video interview featuring lead game designer Daniel Erickson below.

  • BioWare looking into technical issues with modifiable offhand in SWTOR

    BioWare said during its weekly SWTOR community Q&A it’s looking into a technical issue preventing a modifiable offhand with some classes, and that it plans on added a new augment slot to existing modifiable items. The developer also there there are currently no plans for making companions more interchangeable, and also discussed the various rates […]

  • SWTOR – character transfer system hitting “in early summer,” new playable species teased

    BioWare has posted its weekly Community Q&A and in it, the firm teased new playable species coming to the MMO this year.

  • SWTOR expands into Middle East and more European countries

    BioWare has announced Star Wars: The Old Republic has officially launched in more European countries and the Middle East. Hit up the list here. Thanks, Talkar.

  • SWTOR servers offline for emergency maintenance until later this evening

    BioWare has announced the SWTOR servers, which it took down earlier this morning for emergency maintenance, should be back up by 7.00pm EST. The developer tool the game offline due to some areas of the game being “reverted to pre-Game Update 1.2 status,” and some areas were missing completely and character in these areas became […]

  • SWTOR Update 1.2 – Legacy deploys on April 12

    BioWare has announced it will be bringing down the SWTOR servers for eight hours on April 12 in order to apply Update 1.2 – Legacy. All game servers will be offline during this period, and while eight hours is the mark, it could last a bit longer so be prepared.

  • SWTOR developer blog discusses PvP changes with update 1.2

    BioWare has updated the SWTOR blog to discuss the new PvP ranking system coming with patch 1.2. According to the team, changes in rank will be based on said rank when compared to your opponents’, and separate tracking options for solo and group players will be available. New Warzone rewards were also highlighted along with […]

  • SWTOR Legacy System explained in latest developer video

    BioWare has released a new video discussing the Legacy System coming with Star Wars: The Old Republic Update 1.2. The Legacy System allows you to build your own family tree and link your characters on the same server together.Achievements will also open up new species options, as well as new abilities for all the characters […]

  • Another free-to-play weekend for SWTOR starts March 22

    BioWare has announced another free weekend for Star Wars: The Old Republic will commence this Thursday, March 22 and end on Monday, March 26. However, it is only available to those who have not previously participated in free trials of the game.

  • Crew skill overhauls and tweaks noted in SWTOR Update 1.2 notes

    BioWare has noted that quite a few crew skill changes are heading to Star Wars: The Old Republic with Update 1.2. The game’s designer Georg Zoeller posted a rather large list of changes coming with the update on the official site. One of the highlights noted was a change to artifice schematics which will allow […]

  • SWTOR’s 1.7 million paid subscribers may hit 2 million soon

    Electronic Arts CEO John Riccitiello told investors that as of the end of February, Star Wars: The Old Republic has nearly 1.7 million paid subscribers with the “vast majority” playing beyond the free month of playtime. Because of this, Cowen and Company analyst Doug Creutz has estimated it will go up to 2 million monthly […]

  • Star Wars: The Old Republic Legacy 1.2 update due in April

    Bioware has released a video for Star Wars: The Old Republic Update 1.2 Legacy which will give you a look into the content coming next month. It’s posted below. The content will include Flashpoint: Lost Island, Operation: Explosive Conflict, and Warzone: Novare Coast.

  • SWTOR could potentially attain over 1 million paid subscribers

    A report from market research firm DFC Intelligence has concluded Star Wars: The Old Republic “has the potential to be a successful long-term online subscription PC game,” despite a “general decline in high-end subscription game products and growing competition from numerous free-to-play games.”