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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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62. Re: The Old Republic Doesn't Require Origin Jun 17, 2011, 16:40 StingingVelvet
Dev wrote on Jun 17, 2011, 14:08:
You just tell steam NOT to auto login to friends when you run it. Its in steam settings. You are invisible then unless/until you log into the friends part of steam. I think sometimes you need to sign into friends to play multiplayer, but all single player stuff has worked fine for me doing it this way.
Doing it this way means you don't have 5 seconds where you ARE online while you are trying to tell it to set friends offline. Instead it starts up in the friends not logged in mode.

This is all different from the full steam offline mode. This isn't offline steam mode, this is just having friends set so its not logged into friends part.

Yes. I have Steam set to not sign in to friends and I have the in-game Steam overlay turned off as well. Doing this makes Steam virtually invisible expcept the for initial login when you launch a Steam game. When I play online games like Left 4 Dead I turn all that stuff back on.

Games for Windows has the same thing, you can turn of all notifications. The issue with GFWL is that you sign-in in-game and it can sometimes take a while, which means with notifications off you're kind of sitting there wondering what is happening.

Origin and Impulse don't even need to be running when you launch a game.
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