Jul 24, 2011

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SDCC 2011: BioWare Base Q&A #4 Video

BioWare just wrapped up their 4th and final Q&A session of San Diego Comic-Con 2011, and while it was live-streamed, it’s now available for playback on the BioWareTV channel on Livestream.

Game Director James Ohlen and Senior Community Manager Stephen Reid subjected themselves to over 40 minutes of torture by taking questions direct from fans at BioWare Base, but also from Twitter.

Watch live streaming video from biowaretv at livestream.com

We’re compiling some notes, but in the mean time, enjoy!



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Jul 24, 2011

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SWTOR FTW Weekly: Pre-Orders, Beta Weekends, Companions And More

It’s been a big week for fans anxiously awaiting Star Wars: The Old Republic, as BioWare finally announced the launch of the pre-order program, which puts us a very tangible step closer to release! But what else happened this week?

If you don’t have time to search the forums, browse the blogs or sit through a 2 hour podcast, FTW Broadcasting has your fix! SWTOR FTW Weekly is the best way to catch up on all of the latest, most important news on TOR! All you have to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy…

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Jul 24, 2011

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SDCC 2011: GameSpot Talks To Cory Butler

GameSpot has been on the spot with brining some decent coverage from Comic-Con, and they’re not done yet!

They took some time to speak with BioWare Producer Cory Butler (Editor’s Note: Look for our interview with Cory coming soon!) where he was able to give some general information about the game (Editor’s Note: Our interview is the opposite of this one ;) )

In any case, if you’re an all-consuming fan of all-things TOR, the video is embedded here for your enjoyment. Again, no new info for hard-core followers, but in the interest of completeness, here you go:

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Jul 24, 2011

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Blue Milk & Cereal: Do You Live In A Region Unable To Pre-Order TOR?

No day would be complete without the breakfast of Jedi: Blue Milk & Cereal.  Every morning, the team at Ask A Jedi will get Force-induced thoughts coursing through your head with delicious issues from around the galaxy! Join in the discussion below to make your voice heard!

On Friday, when pre-orders for Star Wars: The Old Republic began, we heard many cheers and saw a lot of excitement from fans who had long-awaited that moment. However, there was another group of fans left in out in the cold.

Soon after the pre-order program launched, we heard quite a few sighs of disappointment as some people found out that their geographical location prevented them from pre-ordering TOR and participating in Early Game Access, or possibly even retail launch. Unfortunately, if you live in Australia, Asia, South America, or select parts of Europe, you are currently excluded from this ongoing promotion. BioWare Senior Community Manager Stephen Reid started a thread on the official forums addressing those select regions and explaining the reasoning behind the region locks, so if you have any specific questions, you should post them there.

Luckily, some fans have been able to pre-order from online retailers that have international shipping such as Amazon and others, despite the added cost and logistics. However, the danger with pre-ordering like that is that no one seems to be positive if IP addresses or even credit cards are going to blocked from those regions. That’s in addition to playing on a server that is geographically located far away from you, possibly leading to increased latency. Hopefully BioWare will clear up many of these questions and let our friends from those areas know about their plans within near future.

Another issue that emerged with this limitation is that some guilds had members that lived in the regions listed above. As the creation of a guild through the pre-launch guild program requires the founding members to pre-order the game, it is quite hard to do that now, causing some guilds to fall apart or miss out on the guild pre-launch program.

As for our question of the day, let us know if you live in a region that is currently unable to pre-order TOR? Also let us know if your guild is impacted by this restriction in some way.

(Editor’s Note: Ask A Jedi will be covering this issue proactively, stay tuned. We’d also like to hear your thoughts on it.)

Do you live in a region that is currently unable to pre-order TOR?

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Jul 24, 2011

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SDCC 2011: BioWare Base Q&A #3 Video

Tonight was the developer Meet & Greet at San Diego Comic-Con, and as part of that, the BioWare Austin guys held another Q&A session with fans to kick it off. Besides the usual suspects, this panel included special guest Jennifer Hale, who voices none other than Satele Shan, as well as the female Trooper.

Lucky for us, the Q&A was streamed live on BioWare TV so if you missed it and don’t feel like sifting through the forums, just hit play below, kick back, and relax!

Some new-ish items of note that came out of the Q&A:

  • Will probably see talent trees before launch
  • Can have opposite faction characters on the same server
  • “Heroic” versions of Flashpoints under consideration
  • Jennifer Hale seems cool
  • Add-ons are definitely on the way but not for launch
  • Guild features to be expanded right after launch – high priority (side note – BioWare is hiring a Senior Social Systems Designer)
  • Eternity Vault is the only Operation at launch
  • Can keep your weapon from the beginning of the game to the end, due to weapon customization
  • Racial attributes and abilities are planned, probably in for launch


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