Date: Dec 15, 2011  |  Written by Jason Dodge  |  Posted Under: News  |  DISQUS With Us: No comments yet

Originally posted by AmberGreen (Source)


Hello everyone, we wanted to inform you of a couple of upcoming scheduled maintenance windows.

Generally speaking we are aiming to limit our scheduled maintenance period to once a week, on Tuesdays. We are aiming for this weekly maintenance period to take place in an off-peak time for both North American and European players. We are also aiming to inform players of the precise duration of any weekly maintenance period at least 24 hours before the maintenance begins.

The upcoming maintenance windows (detailed below) are exceptions, and are needed to prepare ourselves for our official launch on December 20th.

Maintenance Window #1:
Date: Early hours of Friday, December 16th (CST)
Time: 2AM CST (12AM PST/3AM EST/8AM GMT/9AM CET)

All game servers and SWTOR.com will be offline during this period. This maintenance is expected to take no more than four hours, but could be extended.

Maintenance Window #2:
Date: Evening of December 19th (CST)
Time: 6PM CST (4PM PST/7PM EST/12AM GMT/1AM CET)

All game servers and SWTOR.com will be offline during this period. This maintenance is expected to complete before 11PM CST, and will mark the end of Early Game Access for Star Wars: The Old Republic.

Maintenance Window #3:
Date: Early hours of December 22nd (CST)
Time: 2AM CST (12AM PST/3AM EST/8AM GMT/9AM CET)

All game servers and SWTOR.com will be offline during this period. This maintenance is expected to take no more than three hours, but could be extended.

Thanks for your patience as we maintain service for Star Wars: The Old Republic.

Date: Dec 15, 2011  |  Written by Everheart  |  Posted Under: News  |  DISQUS With Us: No comments yet

It’ll come as no shock that many were upset yesterday when they didn’t get into Early Access as anticipated. Youtube star Boogie2988 decided to have some fun, making a video as his alter-ego: “Francis”. Don’t worry though, this is pure satire… maybe.

Date: Dec 15, 2011  |  Written by Jason Dodge  |  Posted Under: News  |  DISQUS With Us: 12 comments

UPDATE1: It seems Wave 2 went out ending up somewhere in the middle of November as the latest date invited right now.

UPDATE2: Wave 3 has been released. We’re still sitting in November.

UPDATE3: Wave 4 and 5 are already out and we’re seeing early December folks getting in.

UPDATE3: Final wave goes out. Looks like the final invite date is around December 8th.

Originally posted by StephenReid (Source)


Morning everyone!

We’re starting to send out more invites for today.

Here’s the good news: overnight we decided to send out more invites than we had originally planned. However, we’ll be spacing those invites out, which means we’ll have more ‘waves’ than the previous four-per-day. We are inviting more people today than we did during yesterday.

I’ll update this thread as we send invites. As a reminder, we’re also updating our official Twitter accounts (@SWTOR, @SWTOR_FR and @SWTOR_DE) with the invites as they sent; that’ll be more up-to-the-minute than this post.

For anyone who’s not yet been invited, remember to have the email address no-reply@bioware.swtor.com in your address book so it doesn’t hit spam filters.

Assuming you have the SWTOR client installed, you can also periodically launch it. If you’re ready to go your ‘play’ button will be click-able.

Wave One was sent at 8AM CST (6AM PST / 9AM EST / 2PM GMT / 3PM CET).

Please post throughout the day if you’ve received an invite and what time you pre-ordered the game.

Date: Dec 14, 2011  |  Written by Jason Dodge  |  Posted Under: News  |  DISQUS With Us: 1 comment

Originally posted by StephenReid (Source)


A quick update on today’s invites, and a little preview of tomorrow.

Today, we invited people who had pre-ordered up to the very beginning of October (roughly). Tomorrow, we’re going to be inviting the same number of people again; that will take us up to the last week or so of November. On Friday, we’ll be inviting even more, and we’ll give you an update on that tomorrow.

You’ll see more servers coming online tomorrow, and almost certainly there will be some queuing. That was always expected. As a reminder, our plan here is to maintain healthy server populations post launch, and during the excitement of launch that will mean queues. That said, we’ll be working hard to keep those queues reasonable.

We’ll check back in tomorrow with another update.

Date: Dec 14, 2011  |  Written by Jason Dodge  |  Posted Under: News  |  DISQUS With Us: 5 comments

F5 Standing By SWTOR Twitter Day 2 Invites

May your inbox be with you. If you received an invite, leave a comment with your pre-order code redemption date so other people can get an idea of when they might be getting access.

UPDATE:

Originally posted by StephenReid (Source)


Today, we’re inviting many more people to play The Old Republic – more than yesterday, and over a much greater time span.

As explained yesterday, our initial pre-order rush was over a very short span (about a week). Today we’ll be inviting well beyond July, but again, we’re remaining cautious as we send each email wave.

We’re currently planning on sending four waves of email invites today of equal size. We’re going to get them out as fast as we can, while monitoring player counts and server population. I’ll update this thread when each wave is sent. You can also follow our official Twitter account for notification.

Wave One was sent at 8AM CST (6AM PST / 9AM EST / 2PM GMT / 3PM CET).

UPDATE2: The Second wave just went out and those who have pre-ordered in August are supposedly getting in as well.

UPDATE3: Septemeber folks are starting to get in, third wave is out.

UPDATE4: Fourth wave is out, some October people are in.

Date: Dec 14, 2011  |  Written by Zomgrei  |  Posted Under: News  |  DISQUS With Us: No comments yet

Day 2 of Early Game Access is here, and with such, brings word and speculation of what is to come. While The Old Republic still isn’t officially released (December 20th is the official launch date), Bioware’s team is already hard at work to bring the next wave of updates. The crystal ball doesn’t offer much, and there aren’t enough coins in the world to have a fortune-teller machine tell us what is forthcoming.

Date: Dec 14, 2011  |  Written by Everheart  |  Posted Under: News  |  DISQUS With Us: 2 comments

Best Buy Chat Transcript

Earlier this evening Best Buy had a dev chat with James Ohlen, Gabe Amatangelo and Daniel Erickson. Half way through the chat, the client creashed on everyone and most of the transcript was lost.  However we did get the remaining bit of the chat that commenced over the next two hours.  The chat consisted of random questions about many subjects of SWTOR including companions, flashpoints and PVP.

Keep reading for the full transcript.

Date: Dec 13, 2011  |  Written by Jason Dodge  |  Posted Under: News  |  DISQUS With Us: No comments yet

In a recent announcement from Amazon.com:

Hello,

Here’s an update for customers who have pre-ordered Star Wars: The Old Republic that was scheduled to be released on December 20, 2011. Because beta access ends at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on December 19, 2011, we’ve decided to ship the game early to customers starting December 15, 2011. We’ll be updating orders over the next two days and new estimated delivery times will appear in Your Account shortly after our updates are complete. These changes will be applied to your account automatically and there is no action needed on your part. Please see below for an update to estimated delivery times based on shipment method.

New Estimated Delivery Times for the Contiguous US:

  • Release Date Delivery – on or before 12/19/2011
  • One-Day Delivery – on or before 12/19/2011
  • Two-Day Delivery – on or before 12/19/2011
  • Standard Shipping – on or before 12/24/2011
  • Super Saver Shipping – on or before 12/24/2011

Orders shipping to Alaska, Hawaii, and international addresses will also ship earlier than originally planned.

For more information please visit Amazon.com.

Date: Dec 13, 2011  |  Written by Everheart  |  Posted Under: News  |  DISQUS With Us: 2 comments

Dev Tracker

Today was a bit of a let down for some and definitely a grand moment of jubilation for others as early access gave us holiday treats in the form of early access to SWTOR. Stephen Reid posted this today to those who did not yet get in:

Originally posted by StephenReid (Source)


Hey everyone.

We absolutely understand you want to get in and play the game early. It’s one of the reasons we expanded our Early Game Access from a maximum of five days to a maximum of seven days. However, there are a couple of important points to realize about today’s opening salvo of invites, and the procedure in general for Early Game Access and launch.

First, Early Game Access and launch is not supposed to be a stress test. In our previous Beta Testing Weekends we got up to very large concurrent number of players and brought invites into the game at a very high rate. That was done to stress test every aspect of our systems and servers, and essentially to see if they broke. In some cases, they did, but that helped us improve for launch.

For us, launch isn’t just about stuffing our servers with as many people as possible. As anyone who’s been through a large MMO launch can tell you, that experience can be painful. Our aim with this launch was to ramp things up gradually, to spread our player population out amongst a variety of servers, to maintain all server types, and to keep queuing to a minimum (although we expect that to happen as we head towards December 20th). So far, all that has been successful for us on Day One.

The second thing to realize is scale. We invited more people to play Star Wars: The Old Republic today than many other MMO launches manage in their entire head-start process. As I mentioned earlier today, when we opened pre-orders we had a huge spike in numbers – far more than most MMOs capture at launch. That was the initial rush. After that, our pre-orders settled down.

What this means is that tomorrow, you’ll effectively start to see the pre-order timeline expand. You’ll see people who have pre-ordered later than July getting invites. The day after that, more people will be invited. We’re actually planning to invite more tomorrow than today, and invite the same number again on Thursday – at which point we’ll be into the original ‘five days of Early Game Access’.

Last thing. Why aren’t we continuing to send waves over time? Two main reasons – one, because we need to see that the servers are maintaining stability over time; adding a lot of players in a short period (in other words, stress testing) can cause stability issues.

Two, our plan is to continue to add servers – but carefully, and in response to demand. We need to monitor that demand and roll out servers accordingly. A long-term recipe for MMO failure is to add a lot of servers early on, and then when population decreases, have to close those servers and merge them together.

Our aim is for Star Wars: The Old Republic to be around for a long time to come. Today’s just the first step in that – an early step, too – and we’ll be running smoothly, with a stable population, before too long.

 

So what does this all mean? It means that if a person pre-ordered and put their access codes in between July 21st and August 30th they have a pretty decent shot at getting into the game tomorrow. The first wave will be going out at 8am CST so keep email open and browsers pointed at Force Junkies for all the latest updates.

Date: Dec 13, 2011  |  Written by Everheart  |  Posted Under: News  |  DISQUS With Us: No comments yet

It looks like that’s all she wrote for the first day of early access invites folks. The official forums updated with the following:

 

Update: Wave 5 – the final wave for today – was sent at approx 1:30PM CST.

More invites will be sent tomorrow (Wednesday).

 

If there are any further updates on when tomorrow’s invites go out you’ll be the first to know folks!

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