'Star Wars: The Old Republic' Early Access Starts Next Week

Really soon, in a galaxy far, far away... gamers can start choosing sides in the war between the Galactic Republic and the Sith Empire! Bioware has just announced that, starting December 13, 2011, they will be mailing early game access invitations to those who pre-ordered Star Wars: The Old Republic.

Players will have access to the game through till December 19, when it will be down briefly before it’s launch the following day. This gives early adopters almost an entire week to build a character and play before the rest of the world.

What's nice is this perk is available regardless of the edition pre-ordered, be it regular, Deluxe or the limited Collector’s Edition, which is now difficult to find. Players will receive early game access by registering their pre-order code on their Star Wars: The Old Republic account page. Pretty sweet deal for those chomping at the bit to play what some consider to be the next evolution in MMOs.

It is highly encouraged that those who pre-ordered install the game now so they’re ready to roll when server doors are open. After playing the game at E3 2011 and testing in Beta, we quickly discovered that this game is big. With a fully voiced cast, it's no surprise installing the game requires a lengthy download and some decent hard drive space.

As World of Warcraft slowly loses its players and its position as king of MMOs, other games are stepping up in the hopes to fill those very large shoes. Star Wars: The Old Republic is one of the biggest contenders and Bioware has been extremely ambitious in its development, putting everything they have into evolving the genre to today's gaming standards -- something World of Warcraft has been struggling to catch up with.

So, readers, do you think The Old Republic be the next big thing? Who out there has already pre-ordered and is raring to play?

Star Wars: The Old Republic will be available for the PC on December 20, 2011.


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Source: SWTOR Homepage


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