It came in an instant we received the release date E-Mail and the posts went up on the SWTOR forums about when the early access would begin.
Now normally early access to MMO’s have been anything between 3 and 10 days before the release date or there about’s. As far as I know no other high profile games are being released at the same time. This gives BioWare a nice window so they do not have to push it out early and they can concentrate on just getting the game right. Without the fear of another MMO breathing down TOR’s neck.
So what would be an ideal time to start the early access party going ?
First I don’t think we will get more than a week head start when TOR arrives. Though I have nothing to base this off it’s just a gut feeling. I’m guessing it’s going to be more like 3-5 days or so.
This would give us a date from Thu 15th – Sat 17th Dec.
Yet one date in this stands out above all and that’s the 15th, this is the day SWG comes to a bitter end. This is most likely just a huge coincidence but what better way to start the new Star Wars MMO when the old one has just ended ?
For this reason along my bets are going to be a mid-day release on Friday 16th Dec when at long last we will be set free on TOR. And unlike the release date there will be no need to have a staggered launch. The norm here is that the EU will have an extra two days of early access before the rest of the masses gets in on the action.
It would work out great for BioWare, they have changed a three staged release that of early access and the release dates on the 20th and 22nd into a four stage launch. Many people have already got the pre-order in, some will be getting box sets on the 20th and 22nd respectfully some will be getting TOR as a Christmas gift. What could be better for a smooth launch that having splitting your launch over four individual milestones.
It could end up as one of the best business moves in gaming history.
Well that’s me I say 16th just as SWG ends TOR begins.
So until Next Time, MrWarlock signing off.
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