Star Wars: The Old Republic testing begins

BioWare opens sci-fi MMORPG's servers to select North American bug sleuthers in advance of PC game's spring 2011 launch.

In September 2009, a year after the game was officially announced, BioWare began accepting applications for Star Wars: The Old Republic's closed beta. Almost a year later, the gate has opened, and the developer is letting the first wave of volunteer testers get their hands on the game.

This could be you.

According to a post on SW: TOR's Web site, the game testing process is composed of several phases. The first waves, which BioWare says are "small" and "focused" tests, are limited to North American users. However, as the testing window progresses, it will open to "other territories."

Those interested in getting their hands on the Star Wars-flavored massively multiplayer online role-playing game can express their interest by registering with SW: TOR's community Web site. Additionally, those who are already members can travel to the Game Testing Portal and opt in for selection, though there is no guarantee for admittance into any of the testing periods. More information on The Old Republic's testing phase can be accessed at its FAQ page.

SW: TOR takes place approximately 300 years after the events of the original game but some 3,600 years before the events of LucasArts' quintessential films. Players can choose to align themselves with either side of the Force, taking on professions like the Sith warrior and bounty hunter for the dark side and the trooper and smuggler for the Galactic Republic.

Star Wars: The Old Republic is scheduled to be released on the PC during spring 2011. For more on the MMORPG, check out GameSpot's most recent preview, and the trooper and smuggler mission video (embedded below).

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fetusfart18
fetusfart18

Wow. I get 32 Thumbs down for admitting to not being the biggest fan of the animations? What a logical world we live in.

AzatiS
AzatiS

@JustinMatthew And if you cant understand that by comparing an already 7 years old game to SW , is idiotic too ... Then whatever. Do as you like. At least dont rage like little kid and bring bad mannerz on , wont make your selfpownage any less... Nor you can prove that you are smarter than me like this. Try harder i know you can... Also , you see with a little effort you seem you understood my point. Talking about intelligence? im out...

kremlinxt
kremlinxt

@AzatiS "...make you feel energetic enough so you want to play it , at least make you exciting enough to think you might try it" OOoooOH MAKE YOU EXCITING YEAH? YOU PRAY GAME MAKE VERY EXCITE IN ME YES YES

fa11en1134
fa11en1134

WOW was great. but its getting old. time for someone else to take the crown. why not TOR...

JustinMatthew
JustinMatthew

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AzatiS
AzatiS

@Action_cat All you have to do to end this pointless argue , is QUOTE me and my opinion about this game and talk again after 2 years of its release... I got once again ( Warhammer online - Conan ) dejavus.. I hope be wrong this time. But im afraid i wont be.

TheJamin
TheJamin

@grey_fox1984 your macs can run games sure.... but as well as a pc? no I know you NEED a mac for what you do. i completely respect that. my gf does the same kinda thing. but as for playing games. Real time graphics processing is different from rendering a scene for a top hollywood movie. from what i am aware, SLI or crossfire isn't supported under OSX. (correct me if i am wrong) oh and as for multi-tasking. just wait for cGPU technology. that'll make your mac and my pc look like duron 800's with 64mb of ram.

Action_Cat
Action_Cat

@ AzatiS The reason people keep comparing it to WoW is because it's the most known and I think still the best MMO out there, not sure I don't keep up with MMO's much. And you keep saying that people are making a big deal out of it and not bashing it because it's an SW game. I say bull crap to that. Because last I checked ever since Force Unleashed nobody is looking forward to anything SW related. Also, you say it's not exciting? I bet you play plenty of FPS's and find them fun and exciting. Yet you say this isn't. Well sorry to burst your bubble but virtually every FPS ever made plays pretty much the same, and all has the same amount of action. And I bet you didn't complain about KOTOR games being dull. I loved the story for those games but the action was incredibly boring. And no one says anything about that. I'm not saying this is going to be good or bad, it's SW so no one will know until they play it. So stop trying to act like you know so much when you haven't even played the game, if people want to get excited for it let them get excited for it. And so what if it's not years ahead of it's time, if you only played games that was years ahead of it's time you would play enough games to only count on two hands.

AzatiS
AzatiS

Now , give me a single in game video footage that is exciting to see , make you feel energetic enough so you want to play it , at least make you exciting enough to think you might try it... Link me one. So thats why i said , if this wasnt a SW game wouldnt be nothing special to look for. Nothing at all. I bet most of you you wouldnt even bother. If we add also , the tremendous competition that this game will have in Q2 2011 , games like Torchlight online , Diablo 3 , TERA , maybe GW2 , Cataclysm , Blade and Soul , Dragon nest and many other MMOs to play with... Do you really think it has what it needs exept its heavy name? I really doubt it , and ofc you can quote this for further discussion if you want. This game will go super in first year ( WARhammer online anyone ) and decline on second. Will do just ok because of its SW name and lore and Biowares caliber and thats all about it. Feel free to Quote.

AzatiS
AzatiS

@satsuriku Well thnx for bring this up. My point exactly. Because the big difference here is that WoW , wowed 99.99% of us when we first played it in Beta ( Ex EQ-DAOC players ) , we loved every single aspect of the game , from open world geometry , to mounts, to colorful dungeons , loots , lore of the game , every region felt different etc etc etc.... We were hyped because game truly was yeaaaars ahead of competition in every aspect/attribute of any other game we had played so far. ( except PVP that i beleive Daoc and even Lineage 2 were better ) Now , dont even compare Star wars with warcraft ....as of which is more popular. Valid point but not good enough. What i mean is... All of you are hyped and exaggerating of how good SW is already , and will be wow killer , will be the best and all , and its damn FACT that EVERY SINGLE video with ingame footage we have seen already is just OK. Not to say unispiring , unexciting and .... BAD. Open world geometry? Armors? Classes? Sound Fxs? Animations? Spell Fx? Action? i can go on till tommorow... AND PLEASE dont compare this to wow , an already 7 years old game. This gives kudos to wow instead...

AzatiS
AzatiS

Now , give me a single in game video footage that is exciting to see , make you feel energetic enough so you want to play it , at least make you exciting enough to think you might try it... Link me one. So thats why i said , if this wasnt a SW game wouldnt be nothing special to look for. Nothing at all. I bet most of you you wouldnt even bother. If we add also , the tremendous competition that this game will have in Q2 2011 , games like Torchlight online , Diablo 3 , TERA , maybe GW2 , Cataclysm , Blade and Soul , Dragon nest and many other MMOs to play with... Do you really think it has what it needs exept its heavy name? I really doubt it , and ofc you can quote this for further discussion if you want. This game will go super in first year ( WARhammer online anyone ) and decline on second. Will do just ok because of its SW name and lore and Biowares caliber and thats all about it. Feel free to Quote.

mbchfdh2
mbchfdh2

I can't believe they'd let this out the door if it wasn't great. The outcry would be horrendous.

Satsuriku
Satsuriku

@AzatiS And if WoW wasnt a Warcraft game noone would have played it either, so by your logic we should all play GW because its unkown and better then WoW gfxwise and gameplay wise... YEA ontopic, Id do anything to become tester for this game, and George I do mean anything ;x Cant wait, only thing im dissapointed about is the loss of KOTOR charactersdesign and the mix of Clone Wars style... I hate that style -_-

grey_fox1984
grey_fox1984

@TheJamin I wasn't saying that my computers CAN'T run great games- they can and in the past, they have- but because my career depends on those same computers, I prefer to keep my gaming and my work on separate machines; I'm also one of "those guys" who prefers dual stick control for FPSs to keyboard and mouse- feels more tactile and real to me. It also levels the playing field between noobs and experts a bit. Some PC guys have inhuman aim with a mouse, but most people are suspect to a margin of error with a console controller because of the precision involved. So even a level 1 Modern Warfare player has a chance at taking out a level 70 if the 70 Fs up and the 1 is on point; just like in real war. You could be a 10 year delta force/navy seals vet, but a 12 year old with an AK can still kill you if you're not on the ball at all times.

grey_fox1984
grey_fox1984

@TheJamin That's hilarious, because my graphics card that makes your cheese computer make mine look like chalk can render hollywood quality computer animation, video colour correction and a full menu dvd project all at the same time... and can also run all PC programs with a parallel Windows desktop... and I don't have to worry about viruses or the multitude of other problems PCs have. Also Infamous is a good game, but far from the prettiest thing on PS3

dkdk999
dkdk999

@waggsta why did everyone thumb him down? i thought it was funny.

tvguy11
tvguy11

any ideas what the minimum system RQs are?

gbrading
gbrading moderator

Interested to see where this goes. BioWare have a lot to live up to.

stevenugent83
stevenugent83

sorry would have quoted but my quote button is not working.

stevenugent83
stevenugent83

JLCrogue Posted Jul 11, 2010 8:23 pm GMT @waggsta lol, you must be from the UK. Do you know what dick means in America? It means the same in U.K he is just being a....well a dick

TheJamin
TheJamin

@grey_fox1984 your mac's are only powerful in terms of cpu processing. you have pretty much no graphical horse power. also, mac has only a fraction of the titles available. Dont get me wrong, i love Mac's. but comparing one to a gaming rig is like chalk and cheese. i've been playing my ps3 a bit recently, mostly infamous. good game. pitty about the frame rate, it must be in the 30 for sure!

Damnation_6
Damnation_6

Registered for the beta....now lets hope it will come to europe soon.

PcGamingRig
PcGamingRig

they can't release it any earlier because it will be full of bugs, their are release dates for a reason :)

terecooper
terecooper

this game is great! but they shoud release it earlier than next year spring

AzatiS
AzatiS

@Vorodor21 lol , you are on rage mode because i found this clip bad or because i had a debate with your friend? If that makes me an idiot , im a proud one. Now please... ( shame youre 04 user also... )

bSITE
bSITE

This game looks good, because its from BioWare ;)

Nemesis4747
Nemesis4747

"SW: TOR takes place approximately 300 years after the events of the original game but some 3,600 years before the events of LucasArts' quintessential films" Thank-you! Someone finally got the timelines right, so sick of Bioware themselves saying 2700 years

Vorodor21
Vorodor21

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AzatiS
AzatiS

@justinmatthew Np most get my point , you sound like you dodging your selfpownage. Next time dont bring WoW into conversation. I hope now you understand why.

chris11211
chris11211

@HK-78 EA has nothing to do with star wars or swtor because all star wars rights belong to lucasarts so you don't know what your talking about.

nohabs
nohabs

hmmmm, sounds good

Marques123
Marques123

You die right here and right now! Love it~

Xian83
Xian83

I come back from vacation and see this, fantastic news.

HK-78
HK-78

Please keep in mind that TOR is a game that people at BioWare ALWAYS HAVE WANTED TO MAKE. They've been wanting a MMO since before NWN, Star Wars is just a nice IP to generate more users. The whole reason why BioWare didn't make KOTOR 2 was that they didn't want to be stuck in the cycle of making sequels, but this being a Star Wars game brought in money from EA and Lucas Arts, all the voice acting is done by the wonderful people at Lucas Arts, the marketting is being cranked up by EA. If you don't trust BioWare to make decent games, you probably shouldn't call yourself a fan of the developer since if it wasn't The Old Republic, it would've been a Dragon Age / Mass Effect MMO.

JustinMatthew
JustinMatthew

@AzatiS Dude, like, next time, before you post, could you just... re-read what you've written? I have no idea what you were trying to say.

brad12d3
brad12d3

@ Carpe_Mofo I hear ya. My problem is that I hate MMOs. I was one of those incredibly disappointed when I found out that there would be no KOTOR 3 in the foreseeable future. It might not have been that bad if there weren't rumors flying around for years the KOTOR 3 was coming. But after anticipating it for so long only to find out that it was a freakin mmo just irritated the crap out of me. I hope it is good, because if ends up being just another generic mmo that instead could have been a really great single player KOTOR 3, that would kind of piss me off. Ultimately they can do what they want with their games, I just hope that a KOTOR 3 is still a consideration in the future.

Carpe_Mofo
Carpe_Mofo

I love the original KOTOR, thought the second one was an abomination of the original... This one... While I believe it's going to be a well crafted MMO, I just don't see it being able to pull off the things I liked about KOTOR in the first place. All the decisions and story, you know, the things that make a Bioware game a Bioware game. Hopefully, I'm wrong and they will pull off the feel of the single player games, that would make me very happy, otherwise, this game is just time wasted on what should had been Knights Of The Old Republic 3, not another MMO that will either be shut down or deserted in a few years, I guess all I can do is have faith in bioware, they haven't let me down yet. Thoughts anyone?

JLCrogue
JLCrogue

@waggsta lol, you must be from the UK. Do you know what dick means in America?

AzatiS
AzatiS

@JustinMatthew When most of you , comparing WoW all the time with TOR , a near 7 years old game ... Means this title IS NOT something spectacular isnt? Because if it was , there WOULDNT be anything to compare it with wow , and deep inside we all know that is not that exciting and animations/world/classes/skills etc etc are not of 2011s , biowares caliber quality. Now , WHY you bringing wow into conversation , did i say wow is exciting? Dont self pown yourself next time. PS. WoW when it first released was some years ahead of everything else in every single aspect of any mmorpg at that time ( including DAOC - EQ -LA etc etc ) Lets see then. EDIT : If this game WOULDNT be a star wars game , i bet everyone would pass it , not to say bash it easily. period...

waggsta
waggsta

When I play this game I better buy dick tasties before I start playing this game. I am going to be really hungry and I will be on it for at least 36 hours straight. mmmmm dick tasties.

grey_fox1984
grey_fox1984

@Ladiesman17 My PS3 has pretty much every game I would ever want to play- including things your PC doesn't have (namely Metal Gear Solid 4)- I'm no stranger to powerful computers- I have a Mac Pro Desktop and a Macbook Pro- both with 8 gigs of ram, 2.3 and 2.66 ghz intel 2 core duo processors and over 20TB of hard drive space between the two- but I work in the video industry and need both of those machines to pull double and sometimes triple duty with video editing, scoring and vfx- there is no chance I'm going to put games on them, because my computers are for WORK not PLAY. My PLAYstation, is for play, and I like keeping it that way- I'm sure if one of my clients ended up losing their contract because Crysis crashed my video card, that would surely mean the end of my career. Besides, it's a good system- I set a video to render and often have 20-45 minutes (sometimes longer) to wait for it; so I turn around to my PS3, play a few rounds of Modern Warfare or Street Fighter, wait for the comp to finish, then get back to work. As I said, I'm not knocking PC games, but I personally prefer consoles (and while I own a 360, my PS3 is really the only one I use)

JustinMatthew
JustinMatthew

Just wondering, does anyone REALLY think these fights are more unexciting than the fights in WoW, level range 1-80? I mean until you start fighting raid bosses and PvP'ing, you just sort of stand there and go through your rotation. Then move on to the next guy and repeat, THEN you finish your quest by doing that same thing 50 times, and finally run back to the questgiver. No, I don't agree with anyone saying the combat looks unexciting, because it looks just like all other MMORPG's, including the most popular one. So I'm just going to assume the "exciting fights" are going to be where they're at in WoW too. The raid bosses, and PvP. And I'm not going to lie, I found even the "unexciting" fights in WoW to be fun, so I'm sure I personally will have a blast playing this game with my friends.

AzatiS
AzatiS

Should i get excited with this?!! omfg.... totally unpolished unexciting fights... Hope release wont be like this !!! It seems so... low.!!

Xplode_77
Xplode_77

Oh my gosh, this is going to take 3 years to come out...