Author: Lisa Clark

SWTOR Game Testing Halted- New Build Development in Progress

Big changes are happening in SWTOR game testing from what we hear. This is expected as we grow closer to the eventual launch of Star Wars: The Old Republic. We are down to less than two months before the December 20th worldwide launch and fans are growing more anxious than ever. If you’re part of the current game testing group, you might be even more anxious than usual, since you cannot play right now. All game testers had to uninstall the game last night and servers go down for an indefinite amount of time. They are pulling this beta test block down and installing the new block over the weekend (and until who-knows-when). They have not told any game testers how long it will take or what changes will take place. They asked all game testers to uninstall the game and all content and wait for word (via the forums)…

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Activision Blizzard Stock Ticker Report: Any New Tricks Up Their Sleeve?

A report this past week about Activision Blizzard’s stock showed us that they have nothing big going on and stand a chance to drop later in the year. They are the second most valuable game company in the world, below Nintendo, but there are other companies looking to edge in on some of that profit. We’ve heard the comparisons made before, especially in the MMO scene. Time and time again over the past 6-7 years, there have been companies who hoped to do what Blizzard has done with the very popular MMORPG World of Warcraft. The article from Games Industry talks about Activision Blizzard’s stock and how they are faring particularly well against a large platform holder like Nintendo. Titles like Call of Duty and World of Warcraft have helped soar them to their current level but how long will they reign? With many anticipators feeling SWTOR might be the…

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SWTOR Nordic Immersion Day Event

Excitement for SWTOR is going wordwide! Immersion Day has arrived! swtor.dk visited the Nordic Immersion Day Event, which was also under the Star Wars: The Old Republic embargo lifted this week. There were guilds and fan sites who attended on October 15th and now they are able to share their experiences. The event was held at Inferno online, in their e-sport arena in Stockholm, a closed area of the gaming center. The event featured SWTOR fans from Scandinavian guilds who were all super excited to try out the game and learn more about it. The event began with senior writer Hall Hood showing some fun trailers, introducing the classes and the features of the game and building enthusiasm from the crowds. Scandinavian fan sites: Star Wars Sverige, Star Wars Norge and Star Wars DK have videos up of the event. Ruthless Guild Q&A Videos: And for more, check out the…

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SWTOR Review Twitter Roundup

Twitter is abuzz with SWTOR news. There are The Old Republicpreviews and SWTOR impressions, reviews, fan fun and so much more. The closerwe get to the release date, the more we hear about the game details, reviewsand previews from those who have had the chance to play (and are allowed totalk about it) and anticipatory tweets from fans who are beyond anxious.  Since today was also the official announcement of Blizzard’snewest expansion for WoW, we saw some SWTOR-related tweets referencing WoW (andgiving me giggles). We also saw links to Friday update info, more embargo impressionsand other tidbits. Here are some highlights.  Here is a Twitter roundup from October 21st with just under twomonths to go before release: SWTOR TheOld Republic Take a look inside the digital itemsthat can be yours with the #SWTOR Collector’s Edition. bit.ly/qV0YYX phoenix1914Johnny.Phoeenix 58 days until #SWTORlaunch, maybe five more weeks before we are playing early…

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New WoW ‘Expansion Mists of Pandaria’ Announced as Gamers Wait for SWTOR

We’re down to only two more months until the release of SWTOR (finally) and Blizzard has finally decided to reveal info about their next expansion, Mists of Pandaria. For those who have been waiting for the chance to play drunken Monks, it has arrived! Details: “This next expansion set is set in a place lost to time for the last 10,000 years. A land of harmony, and beauty, and hope. That is, until we arrived. With all our hate and our violence and our unending faction conflict, the war that is coming for the World of Warcraft will be fought in this gentle place.” The expansion will have: New Race: Pandaren New Class: Monk New Continent: Pandaria Level Cap 90 Pet Battle System New Talent System Check out the official trailer: Learn more about the fourth World of Warcraft expansion set, Mists of Pandaria, on Blizzard’s official website. Will the…

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Twitter Roundup: SWTOR Impressions and Previews

It was an exciting day for SWTOR in the Twitterverse today. As the press embargo was lifted, we saw media outlets who have been “in” for some weeks now release info, impressions, previews and more of the game. The official Star Wars The Old Republic Twitter feed also tweeted out many of these TOR previews and impressions for us to easily find and enjoy. Here is a Twitter roundup from October 20th with exactly two months to go before release: SWTOR The Old Republic “The Old Republic’s Trooper is a Monster” — a great #SWTOR preview from @IGN: go.ign.com/mZBkEq SWTOR The Old Republic Check out as @MMORPGcom gives us their “Full Beta Preview”: bit.ly/nTCKdw SWTOR The Old Republic Read as @rockpapershot takes us through their playtime with #SWTOR: bit.ly/qTU9x6 SWTOR The Old Republic “The Old Republic’s Trooper is a Monster” — a great #SWTOR preview from @IGN: go.ign.com/mZBkEq SWTORorDie TheOldRepublicOrDie…

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SWTOR Impressions and Previews Roundup

The press embargo was up today which means that many members of the media who had been previously invited into SWTOR game testing were now allowed to write about, blog about and talk about their impressions. This means lots of Star Wars The Old Republic previews and impressions for us to enjoy from some of the biggest names in video game/ MMORPG media. When the news first came out, many game testers were confused about what this means and who was allowed to talk about the game. If you’re a game tester, you are still bound by the NDA. The press embargo only applies to a select group of media who already know who they are.  To clarify the confusion on press and the embargoes, Stephen Reid tweeted, “Simple rule on press embargoes: unless you’ve been told you’re under embargo, you’re a tester. Ergo, no, you can’t talk about the…

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Massively SWTOR Impressions- A Double Dose of TOR Preview

Now that the press embargo is lifted, we’re finding out some great news about Star Wars The Old Republic. It’s always good to hear and see the impressions of other players, especially if you have not had the chance to try the game for yourself. Two members of the Massively staff, Larry Everett and Jef Reahard have been given the opportunity to play the play the game for the last few weeks and now they get to share their impressions with us officially. As we sit two months before the launch of the game, they are able to share with us their thoughts, ideas and impressions in an unofficial SWTOR preview that everyone can enjoy and appreciate, whether you’ve had a chance to check it out for yourself yet or not. Some background from Massively on the two game testers: “Larry is our SWTOR columnist; he’s been following the game…

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IGN SWTOR Preview: Companions and Crafting

Example of Dark-Side Armor – (Trooper Commando) Now that the press embargo is up, we’re going to see some great new info and Star Wars The Old Republic previews. IGN has hit the ground running with their Companions and Crafting preview that is part of their The Old Republic Blowout section. All this week they will be sharing more information on SWTOR. As they tell us in their first post on TOR, “it’s nice to have talented friends”. Crafting is an interesting process, according to IGN and since it’s also an integral part of most MMORPGs, fans are anxious to know what it’s all about. IGN is a big name in gaming so it’s no surprise that BioWare invited them in for testing. Since we’re a fan site, we’re still bound by the NDA so all we can do at this point is bring you the latest and greatest in…

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TGL Interview: The Doctors from BioWare Talk The Old Republic

The Gaming Liberty did an interview with the Doctors from BioWare about Star Wars: The Old Republic and if there was still anyone left who doesn’t know what SWTOR is, the news is surely getting around more than ever before. They sat down with the founders of BioWare in the newly established BioWare centre in Galway to talk everything from the economy to what fans can expect from Star Wars: The Old Republic. Since they shared the interview on their website, people from all over the world can read it and experience it for themselves. TGL talked to the BioWare doctors, Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk about things like what brought them to Ireland for their new facility, job creation and the economy, aspirations for the Galway facility, SWTOR and how it relates to the Star Wars movies, books and more. They talk Dark Horse comics a bit and the…

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