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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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44. Re: The Old Republic Doesn't Require Origin Jun 17, 2011, 11:13 Bhruic
 
It is a foregone conclusion that publishers will push it as far as they can these days.

Publishers are in business to make money, so they'll try and do so, certainly. Can they make more money by making their games digitally exclusive to Origin? I guess we could speculate, but I doubt any of us have numbers to back it up. I'm hoping not.

I'd rather worry about it when it's possible to do something about it, however minor that may be rather than after the fact when your options are more limited.

What do you see as the something we can do about it? I find it hard to believe that complaining on Blue's forums it going to have any impact on EA's business decision(s).

You'd figure EA would want to sell other peoples games too, they can take a big cut from every sale.

Yeah, that would make more sense. The only issue I see is with cross publisher titles - would Activision want their titles selling on an EA site? It makes more sense for indy titles, but perhaps EA doesn't consider those prominent enough to care about?

The community features are rudimentary at best.

Yeah, I'm very surprised by this. EA has claimed that their focus is on gaming as a platform, but they haven't tied in to the social aspects of gaming very well. There are many games I've bought because a friend is playing them, or vice versa, you'd think that'd be a market angle that EA would want to exploit.

Maybe that's something they'll be working on now tho'. If the rebranding from EA Store to Origin is more than just a gimmick, maybe it's indicating a serious effort on their part to improve things.
 
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