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The Old Republic Doesn't Require Origin

A post to the Star Wars: The Old Republic Website by community manager Stephen Reid clarifies that while the digitally distributed edition of Star Wars: The Old Republic will be exclusive to EA's recently announced Origin service, Origin will not be required to activate retail copies of the upcoming MMORPG, nor will it be required for patching:

While Origin will be the exclusive digital retailer for Star Wars: The Old Republic (in other words, if you want to buy it online and download it, you’ll do so through Origin) that does not mean that Origin is required for you to access or play The Old Republic.

Origin is a digital storefront, and the desktop application is there to give you quick access to Origin exclusives and deals.

However, you won’t need to launch the Origin application to run The Old Republic, nor will you patch the game via Origin. Once the game is on your hard disk, you’ll be connecting to our servers to patch and launch the game, and Origin does not have to be running to do that.

To answer another question - boxed versions of the game will include the client on DVD(s).

Thanks Eurogamer.

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42. Re: The Old Republic Doesn't Require Origin Jun 17, 2011, 10:38 Bhruic
 
Yes you did, looking back is even more confusing because you in fact said both

Ok, you're right, what I said was fairly ambiguous, and poorly worded. My intention was on the latter half of that statement, the part about the frequency of their sales.

In the short term, in the longer term they want to keep game prices as high as possible for as long as possible. Given how DVD sales seem to be faring lately I'm not sure this is a good precedent. There is no incentive when you have no competition. I see too many conflicts of interest in publishers also becoming storefronts unfortunately.

Well, yes and no, but I already addressed the competition aspect before.

In principle I agree that I don't really want EA to make all of their games exclusive to Origin. But in the same vein, they haven't actually said they are going to do that. So far we have one game that will be exclusive, and that's SWTOR. If we start seeing more, then I'll become worried at that point, but pre-worrying about something that we don't know will happen seems pointless.

then no it doesn't exist

Crap, was hoping I missed it. Oh well, it's not really a big deal, just a nuisance at times.
 
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