Going to a convention for a game you are following is always a magical time, especially if it is Star Wars The Old Republic MMO by Bioware! Join me, SwtorCrafter, as I get ready to go to E3 in Los Angeles on the 6th!
Bring the awesome Bioware, I double dog dare you! 😛
I am starting to get the hang of the convention thing, I think. If you follow our travels in the last few months you might remember our latest incursion into the Bioware Studios in Austin Texas. The SWTOUR event -aka- the Bioware Fansite Summit #1 was a magical time. It was a chance for me and my partner in crime “Serge” Stanarevic to reaffirm our love for this project here at SWTOR-Life.com following the development of SWTOR, and our love for Bioware as a company and people, on so many levels.
I am now, in one week going to embark again from the South Central USA, this time headed to the Con Center in Los Angeles CA. I have had my airline reservation and hotel confirmation made since we got the news that we would be accepted for a full media pass for the E3 show the 7th through the 9th of June.
At this time I have one week to get ready for the “big boy” of the convention scene. E3 as described from their “about me” page describes it as the following:
E3 Expo is the world’s premier trade show for computer and video games and related products. The show is owned by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), the U.S. association dedicated to serving the business and public affairs needs of the companies, publishing interactive games for video game consoles, handheld devices, personal computers, and the Internet. For more information, please visit www.E3Expo.com or www.theESA.com.
E3 Expo draws tens of thousands of professionals to experience the future of interactive entertainment. The most influential people leading the most innovative companies in the business attend E3 Expo to see groundbreaking new technologies and never-before-seen products for computers, video game consoles, handheld systems and the Internet.
In 2011, leading computer and video game companies, business partners, media and industry analysts from over 80 countries will converge on the Los Angeles Convention Center.
E3 Expo 2011 will welcome software developers, buyers and retailers, programmers, distributors, entertainment industry representatives, financiers and venture capitalists, importers and exporters, manufacturers, resellers, researchers, educators, financial and industry analysts and worldwide electronic and print media.
Based on this description and from what I have witnessed following this event in the past live from television, I know this to be the place where companies really like to shine. A environment that is ripe for major announcements from a game development studio when they are seeking to capture the media to get the word out about their projects.
We here at SWTOR-Life have gotten many invites to private showings of other titles that will be listed at E3, there are a ton of them going on! Honestly though, we are focused on one thing and that’s SWTOR. That is where our focus is and if you follow this site you know that’s what we aim to get from E3. We will be reporting live from the show floor with a developer interview with either James Ohlen or Daniel Erickson on Tuesday the 7th (unless the plans change between now and then with which developer will be available)
Because the show starts that day at 12 noon we are hoping that will give Bioware time to showcase their big presentation and gives us a chance to hone our interview questions to reflect on the hot topic or current information being reveled at the show to get you guys the most informative answers we can. Be sure to also see this thread on the official forums asking for your input on the developer interview questions we should ask, (link to official forums thread here)
We have also been given confirmation of a exclusive hands on time on Wednesday in which we will be given VIP access and hopefully be able to play what is being shown by Bioware at the show. The invite we received for the EA press conference on the 6th details what this material will be covering but we have been asked at this time not to reveal what that is and to honor Bioware’s wishes we will do just that.
Regardless, I am excited to be going. I am excited to see just what Bioware has up their sleeve. Me personally on top of the other information that I know will be there, I am hoping for a release date announcement for SWTOR. I think the time and place is right. I feel that this game is solid enough based on my last playtime experience and from following the game for the last two years, and I feel it is getting close to the end of it’s development cycle.
*In my best armchair developer voice, rampant speculation here*
Me personally I think Bioware has come to the point to where they have nailed down a final pass of systems and mechanics that are to be included at ship. I hope to see the next stage of the normal development cycle take off and see them also greatly increase the amount of testers they allow to get in there and get these systems hammered out.
I am hoping at E3 we will get some sort of confirmation of a expanded testing phase beginning very shortly, possibly a date by which testing invites hit might hit the public. I know that is wild and rampant dreaming on my part but if I am going to dream big then I also might hope that we might be able to acquire beta passes from this event. That would be epic.
In any event, what ever is shown and revealed I know it will be a great time and I am looking forward to bringing it to you as quickly as I can. Giving you an inside peek to the life of a gamer geek and his love for Star Wars The Old Republic MMO!
Be sure to follow me and my partner Serge on twitter @SWTORCRAFTER @SwtorLife for the quickest updates from us, and links to all material we will post on this site. Get the news as soon as it hits here folks and join us as we soldier on to E3!
Thanks for reading!
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