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Author: Inktomi

Star Wars: The Old Republic Pre-Order Rundown

Posted by Inktomi Thursday July 21 2011 at 12:00PM
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Bioware

Collectors Edition:

$149.99

Here's what you get with every pre-order:

  • Early game access (gogo headstart!)
  • Color Stone (Changes weapon effect)
  • 30 Days of Game time (standard)
These benefits are also offered with Standard and Digital Deluxe Editions.
 
But...you also get with the Limited Collectors Edition and Digital Deluxe Editions, five virtual items:
 
  • Flare Gun (Waht?)
  • Training Droid 
  • Holodancer (Hot)
  • Holocam 
  • STAP (Whats a STAP? An ingame vehicle, see pic below)
Someone STAP me from buying this.
 
But that's not all folks! Items exclusive to the Limited Collectors Edition as follows:
 
  • Exclusive Gentle Giant Darth Malgus Statue (He's gentle!)
  • Collectible metal case for game disks
  • The Journal of Master Gnost-Dural as annotated by Satele Shan
  • The Old Republic Galaxy Map (That sounds cool)
  • Custom Security Authorization Key 
  • Music of SW:TOR (so you can geek out on your ipod while AFK)
  • High Quality Collectors Editon Box (That will sit in your closet or shelf)
Wait, wait...if you shop now you can also get these two EXCLUSIVE virtual items!!!
 
  • Mouse Droid (now all you need is a Cat Droid and you can have the Tom and Jerry set)
  • Exlusive Collectors Editon Store that comes stat with an NPC that sells items available only to purchasers of the collector edition. (Them better be gold in them thar hills!)
The Pre-order is available on the EA's Digital Digital Distribution Manager, Origin or through many retail partners.
 
Got all that?
 
IMO: They spent $300 million dollars in the creation of the SW:TOR MMORPG and someone has got to pay for it. If you are a diehard Star Wars fan, this will be for you. If you need the perks in the early levels, it would also be something you might want to look into. From what I hear that other members have had problems with pre-ordering and that they get feedback that THERE IS A GOOD CHANCE that they might get a pre-order. 
 
 
It looks like there is going to be a large amount of pre-orders and limited supply. If this is something you are really interested in, I have to say better act soon. For me, I am not a diehard Star Wars fanatic, even though I grew up on it, I am still waiting for release. 
 
The Dollars and Sense
 
Is it worth it? Well, the game will run you $60 stat, and that includes a free month so that less $15, but that is a given in box sales nowadays. All the other fluff is running you an extra $75. Each of the other items being virtual and real (the quality box included) breaks down to $5 each. Is each one of those items worth $5 in the scheme of things? If you were going to buy them from a virtual store they might run you more or less. Who knows what a virtual mouse droid is worth...its like a fake of a fake. I've seen people pay more for less.
 
You can click the picture above for the direct link to the store. This is not a sales pitch, but a friendly warning that if you want it now, you better make a move. Remember: Buyer beware, you are going to get what you pay for, you are dealing with EA. Release is rumored to be sometime *between now and the end of the year and the beta schedule has already begun. I have a gut feeling that they are going to need a bigger boat. 
 
By the pricking of my thumbs...
 
Play safe,
 
Inktomi
 
* correction from intel recieved from member, Kothoses, thanks for the heads up. I'm in the SWTOR thread right now and don't see any confirmation of the beta. If anyone can confirm this please let me know, I took his word for it. I am not a perfect writer. Now if I was perfect, I would already have a book deal.
 
* From an EA investor relation release, "BioWare also proudly announced today that Star WarsThe Old Republic will open "Beta Test Weekends" starting this September. These weekend play sessions will be open to selected players worldwide and create an opportunity for fans to get a sneak peek of the epic stories, worlds, quests, battles and characters in the game."
 
and...
 
* "We are targeting Star Wars: The Old Republic to be one of the biggest launches of holiday 2011," said Dr. Ray Muzyka, Group General Manager and Co-Founder, BioWare and Senior Vice President, Electronic Arts
 
Again, I might be wrong...
residentx writes:

Can the codes be applied to the same account?

Thu Jul 21 2011 2:16PM Report
Inktomi writes:

Wow, 1 bury. I usually don't get those. If someone isn't happy with what I write, tell me, I'm always open.

2 residentx: I'm not really sure, I'm sure if you use it all on the same account they will be applied. But you're better off asking customer service.

Thu Jul 21 2011 8:43PM Report
garry writes:

HI. It is 2 AM here so I may not be particularly coherent. The basic price ($60) is simply the high end of a standard range for an MMO ($50 - 60). The DDE is actually lower than I thought and seemed the best bargain ( yes-I ordered the DDE). The CE was way over what I expected but they did cram a lot of stuff in it. Useful? Desirable? Subjective of course but they had no trouble selling it out fairly quick since this morning. Lots of 'server down' on orders for Origin and the orders for box ssts were a little overwhelming for some distributors I believe from what I was reading on MMORPG.com and here on SWTOR forums.

 

It was most interesting (and amusing) to see the 'innovations' that were put in for preorder. (Lord knows we hear loud screeching demands for 'new' and 'innovative' all the time). Well the CE folks get an in-game NPC for their very own. Lots of ingame items (fluff and all) for DDE (me). That prelaunch playtime is sweet. Don't believe we will have to wait for Christmas (Holliday season 2011 - Labor Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving) we just don't know yet.

 

Response to the preorder has been VERY strong from checking on the various forums around the internet today. I am a retired game designer and have the time as you can tell from the ungodly hour I am writing this.  I liked what I saw, I am not jealous of the CE folks (of course not) and I preordered with the rest. Nice professional job from Bioware and EA today I believe, for fans of SWTOR.

Fri Jul 22 2011 2:13AM Report
Inktomi writes:

Hey Garry, I totally agree with you that everything about SWTOR looks polished. From what I can see in the gameplay trailers, the game looks great. And as of now the rollout process is off to a great start. 

 

I really hope that this game can live up to its hype and give the MMO community what its looking for. Something new to enjoy and renewed enthusiasm, showing that the genre is not stagnating. 

 

I was particularly impressed with the personal NPC store from the CE. I've seen pocket NPC in the game, but never one that sold exlusive items. I wonder if players can summon it in the field to sell their junk to on the fly.

 

Thanks for the comments and for both the bumps...and buries.

Fri Jul 22 2011 8:12AM Report
Kothoses writes:

Its a good rundown of the collectors edition (overpriced as it is) untill you get to the end, and talk about Beta and Release dates.

 

Beta testing has been going on for months now, I have a couple of friends who have been involved for atleast 4 months and it started long before that.

 

The weekends in September are a more open (though still closed) beta where a LOT more people will get invites.

 

Also release date seems to be dependant on how these go, with l;ate october being the earliest and december the latest.  November seems the most likely.

 

A well written article untill then but the inaccuracies at the end show a lack of research i am afraid.

Fri Jul 22 2011 9:36AM Report
swedago writes:

The CE in Denmark costs over $200.....

Fri Jul 22 2011 7:34PM Report
swedago writes:

The CE in Denmark costs over $200.....

Fri Jul 22 2011 7:34PM Report

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