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1.5M users have registered interest in The Old Republic beta
Posted: 17.03.2011 03:59 by Comments: 16
After the positive word-of-mouth given to Bioware's upcoming MMO Star Wars: The Old Republic, they're revealing that an incredible 1.5M users have registered interest in a possible beta test of the game.

Electronic Arts CFO Eric Brown told attendees at a Lazard Capital Markets Technology & Media Day presentation that the company has "over one million, closer to 1.5 million" people opted-in to be notified of a coming open beta test for the MMO, adding "It's a great indicator in the interest level in the franchise." No kidding.

Brown stated, "We're not that concerned about generating initial demand. For us it's about creating the right experience for expanding from tier 1 and the tier 2 users to getting people who have never played an MMO before, but are interested in Star Wars, to engage and give it a try."

While it's widely assumed that the game will be subscription-based, Brown did gives hints the game might use microtransactions to support a lower monthly fee than other MMOs: "The key (question) is, what do you include in a base monthly fee versus what do you charge extra for? That requires some careful decision making, (but) for now we're focused on the standard monthly subscription model."

At the same meeting, Brown told investors the game would not be released before July 1.
Source: Gamasutra
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Comments

By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Mar 17, 2011
herodotus
I'm too busy ranking up to Captain in "STO" atm, but come release day I'll be taking a close look at this title. Hard to find good MMO's these days, with the support and player-base to give new gamers faith. I think though this will be one.
By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Mar 17, 2011
SirRoderick
Well I'm one of em.
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Mar 17, 2011
herodotus
Shall we form a Party, Roderick? Do you take your tea black or white (ie. the Sith or the Jedi)?
By JonahFalcon (SI Elite) on Mar 17, 2011
JonahFalcon
I can be either. I'll either be a Scoundrel in the Alliance, or a Sith Inquisitor in the Empire.
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Mar 17, 2011
herodotus
A sexy Twi'lek Bounty Hunter: dancer by day, assassin by night. Look out for me)
By JonahFalcon (SI Elite) on Mar 17, 2011
JonahFalcon
Er, the Assassin is not a Bounty Hunter class. In fact, Bounty Hunters want their prey alive. Assassins want them dead.

Assassin is a Sith Inquisitor advanced class.

http://www.gamestooge.com/2010/09/13/star-wars-the-old-republic-advanced-classes/
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Mar 17, 2011
herodotus
A case of split personality.
By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Mar 17, 2011
SirRoderick
No parties, I'm not playing this game multiplayer. (yes I'm perfectly aware it's an MMO)
And I'll be running an inquisitor as the first char, then prob an agent, then the Sith warrior and then bounty hunter.

If I have a life left after that, I might try the light side :D
By nocutius (SI Elite) on Mar 17, 2011
nocutius
I gave up on STO and am about to give up on Lotro.

I will see about this one, i'm not really enough of a SW fan to subscribe just for that reason, as was the case with STO. Thankfully a pre-purchase saved me from becoming a lifer.

I have applied for the TOR beta as well, a free trial always beats no trial, saved me money on c&c4.
By RaviL (SI Core Member) on Mar 17, 2011
RaviL
The question now comes, how many people are going to be accepted to play the first closed beta?
By JonahFalcon (SI Elite) on Mar 18, 2011
JonahFalcon
How can you "give up" on LOTRO? It's free-to-play. :p
By nocutius (SI Elite) on Mar 18, 2011
nocutius
I got bored by the fact it's an mmo with all the bad that brings with it - a.k.a. the endless grind.
Without that free part i would not have even bothered to try it, LOTR or not. And it's not really free either at least if you actually wanna have fun. It's a free-ish game.

If TOR also turns out to be a grind game i won't be playing it for long either.
By unsilviu (SI Core) on Mar 18, 2011
unsilviu
TOR for me:
-Star Wars?-check
-Made by Bioware, developers of KotOR, ME and DA? -check
-First MMO to apparently have a truly cinematic experience? -check
Only problem I see is the fact that the story is just a rehash of every other SW struggle(empire vs republic). If they put in vital microtransactions, however, I'm out. WoW-level purchases are fune, though.
By FoolWolf (SI Elite) on Mar 18, 2011
FoolWolf
However much I want this, I still want Guild Wars 2 more - but even so - i just don't think I can muster that much coherent time to play either to fully enjoy them. Also, have it been declared what sort of economics will be used in STO? Micro transitions or monthly fees or free part from the game itself?
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Mar 18, 2011
herodotus
I still enjoy "STO" very much, but I will be watching this game closely. Even with monthly subs, it's justified when you realise just how much time you spend just finding out the intracies and nuances of the game let alone playing it. Besides, not much else on the horizon aside from "Battlefield 3". Then again, of course there is:

" Warhammer 40,000: Dark Millennium Online ".
By FoolWolf (SI Elite) on Mar 18, 2011
FoolWolf
@Hero - you had to remind me? My mind and body have been fighting to stay away from that title. It would effectively ruin my life - the little part that is left.
Oh, and I meant not STO - I meant TOR - too many abbreviations and too little coffee!