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Early Access For SWTOR Moved Up Two Days To December 13th!

Published by under Breaking News on Dec. 07. 2011.

Yes you heard it right.  If you are like me and are jonesing for your SWTOR fix then you will be happy to know that early access has been moved up two days to December the 13th instead of the 15th we had previously thought.

In a news announcement on the website we  got the following,

Early Game Access* for Star Wars™: The Old Republic™ is only a few days away! Starting December 13, 2011, The Old Republic will begin emailing invitations to start your Early Game Access. Invitations will be sent throughout the Early Game Access period offering rolling access to the game in the order in which you redeemed your Pre-Order Code, so be sure to check your email inbox!

To ensure that players can get into the game as quickly as possible when their Early Game Access begins, we are now allowing everyone who has redeemed a Pre-Order Code at our Code Redemption Center to pre-load the game to their computer.

In order to download the game client before Early Game Access begins, you need have already logged into your account and redeemed your Pre-Order Code. Once you have done this, you can download the game client by clicking on “My Account” in the upper-right of the window and then click “Pre-Order.” On your Pre-Order page, click the large button that says “Download Game Client” to begin download of the game!

If you participated in our recent Beta Testing Weekend between November 25th and 28th and still have the game client installed, you will be able to patch this client instead of re-installing by simply launching your client, logging in and allowing the download to complete. If you did not participate in the November 25th – 28th Beta Weekend, first uninstall the Game Testing Client and then re-install to ensure your game client will function correctly during Early Game Access.

Learn more about how to get ready for Early Game Access!

If you haven’t pre-ordered Star Wars: The Old Republic yet, you still have time. Visit our Pre-Order Page, secure your copy of the game and redeem your Pre-Order Code at the Code Redemption Center to pre-load the client and qualify for Early Game Access.

If you have any issues installing or patching the game client for The Old Republic, check visit the Customer Service Support section for information and assistance.

*Customers who redeem their Pre-Order Code at the Code Redemption Center prior to launch will be able to pre-load the Star Wars: The Old Republic Game Client before the official Game launch. Pre-loading the Game does not grant you access to the Game. Pre-Ordering the Game only allows you access to the Early Game Access period and your Color Crystal. Early Game Access may be up to 7 days. The length of your Early Game Access depends on the date and order in which you redeemed your Pre-Order Code. In order to continue playing the Game after the Early Game Access period, you must redeem your official Game Product Registration Code at the Code Redemption Center.


Plus we also got the news via the announcement that the download can now be pre-loaded!  This truly is a magical time for us, happy TORmas!

13 responses so far

13 Responses to “Early Access For SWTOR Moved Up Two Days To December 13th!”

  1. Mikeon 07 Dec 2011 at 11:59 pm

    I may be wrong. But, I think early access is still the 15th, but emails letting you know when you can play start the 13th.

  2. Zanshinon 08 Dec 2011 at 12:54 am

    It says “early access may be up to 7 days” on that bases I would assume it means gaming time.

  3. Swtorcrafteron 08 Dec 2011 at 1:37 am

    No guys thats the whole thing about the news drop, early access starts the 13th now it has been moved up two days, trust me 😉

  4. Drakai88on 08 Dec 2011 at 1:38 am

    Needs to be confirmed

  5. Drakai88on 08 Dec 2011 at 1:41 am

    Alright lol I believe you

  6. Swtorcrafteron 08 Dec 2011 at 1:48 am

    I am very happy about this because now it two days closer, I will be playing swtor in 6 days 😉

  7. Drakai88on 08 Dec 2011 at 1:49 am

    Yep yep only thing I have planned that day is a final

  8. KaelWolfcryon 08 Dec 2011 at 2:56 am

    I don’t think that “jonesing” adequately describes my excitement level. The last time I was this excited about a game release was when the SNES was new. Merry TORmas indeed.

  9. jkouzeson 10 Dec 2011 at 9:00 pm

    Yes, with the 3 day early access comes the let down. Those who have ordered (pre-ordered) the game via mail order (Amazon, Gamestop, Walmart, Best Buy, etc), will also lose access the day of launch if they haven’t entered their product code by Dec. 20th., this applies to all North American customers. Cause Bioware/EA removed the grace period to receive your game via mail.

    This is a slap in the face to their North American customers, cause they moved up the street release date from the news announcement for European release on Dec. 22nd, to Dec. 15th, which is plenty of time for people to receive their copies by launch. Thus no need for the “grace period”, whoever, this wasn’t done for NA. They haven’t given retail stores/mail order companies authorization to send them out to customers early. Due to licensing contracts between the publisher (EA) and the retail stores in NA are restricted from sending them out. Some people in Europe have already received their copies already.

    My own copies estimated delivery date is Dec. 22nd, meaning for 2-3 days or more, I will be locked out of the game and the forums until I enter my product code. I even paid for next day shipping.

    When I contacted Bioware about the non-grace period, they basically blew me off with…”well we added 3 days to early access”… BIG HAIRY DEAL, I will not get mine until after launch, and will not be able to play.

    When I contacted EA, they made it sound like, “well pre-order the digital! and cancel the mailed one.”.. Well that would work, if I wanted a digital download one from Origin (Only), but I ordered the Collectors Edition, so if you didn’t want people to have the items in that, then don’t offer them.

    All in All, I love the game, I was able to play doing beta, but… the PR for this with the customers is rather moronic move. If my pre-order is backordered, I will cancel my order and not pay for a digital version from them. I don’t like being lied too, like many MMOs that have given early access also have given a “grace period” for you to receive your game. This is the first time I have seen such behavior from a MMO company.

    It like here play for a few days…. then NO GAME for you!!! Dead beat!!

  10. william ketchersidon 11 Dec 2011 at 11:48 pm

    you might be wrong we are down to 1 day and few hours left til early access so it may start the earliest at 12/12/011 just saying for swtor

  11. Buckaroobillon 12 Dec 2011 at 12:20 am

    Amazon has release day delivery for free…

    At least mine says that it will be delivered on the 20th.

  12. Swtorcrafteron 12 Dec 2011 at 12:53 am

    we were told in a meeting with bioware among the fansites that early access would start at 7am cst on the 13th, figure that out for your individual time zones but that is supposed to be the plan. whether it holds true we will see, there are always problems they could have.

  13. Keithon 12 Dec 2011 at 12:43 pm

    Anyone had early access email yet?? I’ve not. I pre ordered on day dot and already have my copy of the game. The client is all downloaded, now just need the mail to say when I can log in n play