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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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33. Re: The Old Republic Doesn't Require Origin Jun 17, 2011, 10:10 Verno
 

No, I didn't say they do daily rotational sales. But my point was that Steam doing daily rotational sales is a very new concept. They didn't used to do it. Go back even a few months and they didn't have daily sales.

I'm not going to go back and forth for a page over this but that's not what you said initially, you said the concept of a Steam sale was a new one. It's not. I'm not sure why daily sales matter or not specifically. Steam doing daily sales is new but Steam doing sales in general is not and I'd say they were "frequent" judging by my credit card bills for the past few years. Whether you agree that it's frequent or consistent is up to you but Steam has been doing sales and promotional events for a long time now. I hope Origin follows suit but they are only selling EA games so I'm not sure the incentive is necessarily the same for them to do so.

For example, with Steam, I can point to things about it I don't like - having people always know what game I'm playing if I'm online

Incidentally you can disable this or just simply go offline. I agree that they could do it more elegantly though, an Invisible mode where I am online but my game details aren't displayed to others would be ideal.
 
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