Ok, first let me start by saying like many other followers I’m stocked that we have a release date at long last.
But could SWTOR have picked a more awkward date to release a MMO ?
Also the way it was announced was very strange indeed, with no sign that the formidable train was entering the station.
I See No TRAIN !!!
The announcement came like a blot out of the blue. It’s like waiting for the new year to tick over, me and my family always turn on the TV and wait for Big Ben to chime the coming of the new year. This build up makes the passing of the old and welcoming of the new way more enjoyable.
This is the type of thing we kind of expected with the TOR release. The build up was almost as important as the date itself. I and many other wanted to celebrate what was about to transpire.
Yet the way it came out was like waiting for new year and at 22:30 Big Ben struck the last chime and it was over. We all missed the hype and excitement we as followers were looking forward to, and truth be told it was a little disappointing.
It’s been said that we would see TOR coming from a mile away like that of Christmas, and many signs would lead up to this point and anyone following TOR would be in no doubt that the time was coming. It seems very much like outside influences may have something to do with the way this came out. Who knows? All I know is that now it was nothing like the way we were led to believe.
As for the timing, the 20th of Dec for NA and 22nd of Dec for the EU.
I may be the only one here that is just stunned about this release date. Nothing about it sounds right.
Maybe BioWare just wanted it out the door before 2012, and stick it to all the doom sayers that have come to the front of late. This is a time of year when almost everyone has a focus on other things. Work commitments, shopping for goodies among others, we will all be knee-deep in the holiday season. The last thing on most people’s minds is playing a game and MMO’s do tend to take up way more time than any other game genre.
It could be a last fling from BioWare to have that smooth launch that it has talked about in full ever since the time they announced the pre-orders. Getting the game out so close to Christmas would make this transition happen more easily. With players preoccupied with other things at this time of the year. The whole red-zone debate with a short staggered launch at this time of year. Is BioWare using this as a way of coping with the mass influx they see joining the game?
BioWare is well versed that they will only have one opportunity to have a smooth launch and if the game takes a bad turn there really is no turning back the clock. It could be a good move for TOR yet I find little in the way that will benefit the followers that just want to take time out and enjoy the game and spend a great deal of time in the world when the game hits.
This will limit the time I’ll spend in the first week as it will for many others. Yet this seems to me at least is what BioWare has in mind. Why else would you place yourself in the firing line with the problems that the time will bring. With late arrives of box copy’s that may take weeks to come after the game is available in store. Here in the EU will be waiting weeks for the box copy to arrive, with no box we can’t put in the codes to unlock our in-game items.
Also will the codes we have already entered be valid and continue after the release date has come and gone ?
Just like the prequels I’m a little confused about the whole release thing. How and Why are the questions that may never be answered at any time.
Sure we will bitch about this until we are full on playing and nothing else matters, but until then I have no idea why this date was picked. A week before or possibly the 2nd week in Jan would have went down a lot better.
We’ll that’s it for now.
Until next time, MrWarlock signing off.
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