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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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57. Re: The Old Republic Doesn't Require Origin Jun 17, 2011, 13:28 Creston
 
Verno wrote on Jun 17, 2011, 12:59:
Putting that aside because its obviously going in circles yet again, what is the general interest level around here for TOR? I find myself fairly apathetic to it but I think that's more rooted in malaise with MMOs in general.

To be honest, I'm pretty interested. I've never played WoW so the whole "It's just WoW in space!" thing doesn't really affect me, and most previews do hammer home that the class-specific "story" missions are varied and fun, and you've got 8 classes worth of content there.

Plus, most of those missions are soloable. So I think I'll probably get it at some point in the future (six months after release or so) when the early bugs have been fixed, and just play through all the story content.

As an actual MMO, it holds no interest for me, and I doubt that I'd ever be caught dead in a "flashpoint."

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