It’s Friday once again and while we all wait to see what kind of information is given out on golden platters of awesomeness, i bring to you another post from the bowels of the Swtor forums. This week I jump on ship to tackle one of the bigger questions that EVERYONE is dying to know, the release date and the possible outcomes of what that might be. You can find one of the many official forum posts located here if you wish to choose through everyone’s thoughts, dreams and hopes of when it might be.
DISCLAIMER: Everything said in this article is the personal opinion of its author and does not represent any official information from Bioware. This is a speculative article and please treat it as such.
Lets jump right in on what I think. For me, I see the release coming in a September time-frame. Why? Well, I look at it like this. E3 happens in June and I expect some good information regarding aspects of the game to come out. I do not expect the release date to be given but I do think that a time frame for more beta invites to start happening to come up. The amount of time they stay in these beta phases will also play into realizing when the game really does launch.
For these phases of beta, I’d say a month, or slightly longer depending on what Bioware is really testing for game play. So June E3 announcement, beta invites middle to end of June. July given to players to get into beta.
Side note, Bioware, I’d prefer short waves for this and wipes after each wave. Lets keep the higher level content unknown so that when I go to an area or do a Flash-point, there isn’t some gaming sites out there all ready with official strategies on how each and every single mob is to be killed in what fashion.
Back on topic, so, July starts beta testing going possibly into August. You then take time to give everyone a break. This comes with a pricing plan, subscription options, release date and even box types. So in August, we should have already have these out to the masses and pre-orders already started ( I’d expect this information to have been released mid July and pre-orders starting first of August). So with pre-orders you have levels of head starts.
Head starts you say? Yes. Why? Well, if you look at the sheer number of players that are playing MMO’s these days, head starts play very well into server stability and gives the devs time to deploy more servers as needed. The guild program will help, but I am sure there are plenty of people that will join the game and not be guilded at first. I also think these will be tied to box/digital download type. Collector Editions will probably have a 3 to 5 day window while regular sells will be 2 to 3.
So, giving times for final patching and getting the boxes/digital download up to par after the final beta phase ends somewhere around the middle of August, I see the game possibly releasing either September 13th or September 20th. I know this isn’t perfect but it’s my theory, you don’t have to make it yours. There are still plenty of things that can change at any moment and only Bioware really knows when they game is planned to ship.
There is still the details of the Guild Program (E3 information most likely) to go through and how that plays into effect. There is details on how exactly the digital download works and where it will be hosted. We don’t even know what the Collectors Edition will be ( Most wanted information that I am looking forward too). So honestly, all this theorizing could be for nothing and be nowhere near to the actual date. hell, after today (Friday), we may never get to play the game at all.
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