Star Wars: The Old Republic Launch Sales Limited; Huttball Introduced

GameInformer reports on plans to limit the number of copies of Star Wars: The Old Republic sold upon the game's launch: "According to the representative speaking at this demo, EA and BioWare made the choice to limit the number of copies of the game available for purchase in order to assure a smooth launch. It's fairly common for popular MMOs to suffer from long wait times and server crashes for the first few months after launch because of the stress put on servers. EA says it would rather make sure the experience is quality for the first gamers to get in than to sell as many copies as possible but ensure a subpar experience for everyone." How many copies they will sell is not specified. On a related note, the Star Wars: The Old Republic Website has a new trailer from BioWare's upcoming MMORPG introducing the sport of Huttball. Here's word on this in-game sport: "A new event has captured the hearts and minds of the citizens on the Smuggler’s Moon of Nar Shaddaa. Known as “Huttball,” two teams clash for the amusement of the masses and to win favor with the famed Giradda the Hutt in this new video that highlights just one of the Player-vs-Player (PvP) Warzones in Star Wars™: The Old Republic™!"
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Aug 19, 2011, 14:33
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Aug 19, 2011, 14:33
 
Sooo, marketing to get you to rush out and pre-order? I can't believe they would limit the amount of sales. Something tells me if you want to buy a copy, it will be available.
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Aug 19, 2011, 14:34
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Aug 19, 2011, 14:34
 
I doubt there will be a shortage. I've pre-ordered the game in order to try it. Worst case I'll be able to play the game 7 days before launch. The chances of that trial leading to a purchase are slim...but it's it's fun I can see that happening.

I would guess a lot of people are doing the same thing I am so my guess is that there will be plenty of copies to buy come launch day.
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Aug 19, 2011, 14:40
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Aug 19, 2011, 14:40
 
Huttball sounds really f'ing stupid. They could have come up with something better than that, surely.
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Aug 19, 2011, 14:41
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This would explain why they were called it a "limited launch" and that the sooner you register, the sooner you get in.
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Aug 19, 2011, 14:49
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Aug 19, 2011, 14:49
 
Ahahahahahahahahahahaha!

Excuse me.
*deep breath*

Ahahahahahahahahahahaha!
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Aug 19, 2011, 14:56
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Aug 19, 2011, 14:56
 
I pre-ordered the digital edition yesterday. I had to go through the normal ordering process (this is where they charged my credit card), and then I got an automated e-mail that said my pre-order was waiting approval. About 5 minutes later I got another e-mail saying my pre-order was approved, and it had a validation code (a standard CD-key) that I then had to go log on to my account at swtor.com and validate.

I'm glad that they are trying to ensure a smooth launch, but this whole process just seemed completely unnecessary.

What I'd really like to know is if they'll be providing refunds for those whose pre-orders do not get approved before launch, seeing as they charged my card before even completing the order.
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Aug 19, 2011, 14:59
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Artificially limit the supply of the game at launch? Just how stupid does EA think we are?
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Aug 19, 2011, 15:01
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I love being treated like an idiot, a number, a useless, brainless nub who would thank his lucky stars just to have the opportunity to fork over his $150 bucks just so that he can possibly get the chance to play the most glorious and sought after mmo to ever grace planet earth!

OH THANK YOU BIOWARE!


It's douche baggery like this that creates contempt towards game developers and their clueless marketing teams.
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Aug 19, 2011, 15:01
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Aug 19, 2011, 15:01
 
Two words: ANARCHY ONLINE.
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Aug 19, 2011, 15:04
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Aug 19, 2011, 15:04
 
spindoctor wrote on Aug 19, 2011, 14:59:
Artificially limit the supply of the game at launch? Just how stupid does EA think we they are?
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Aug 19, 2011, 15:11
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Aug 19, 2011, 15:11
 
There's no way in hell that I'm going anywhere near this PoS.
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Aug 19, 2011, 15:16
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Aug 19, 2011, 15:16
 
Frags4Fun wrote on Aug 19, 2011, 15:01:
Two words: ANARCHY ONLINE.

Irrelevant.

That was a completely different time with a developer who's known for fubaring their launches.
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Aug 19, 2011, 15:16
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Aug 19, 2011, 15:16
 
Wow.. some pathetic people here..
This is smart business all the way around.. there is ALOT of excited people about TOR and they dont want what has happened to other big MMOs to happen to them..
smart..

There are still plenty of preorders available so thats why they hit your card..

I dont get the issues here.. man some sad sad grumpy gamers here on Blues..

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Aug 19, 2011, 15:19
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Aug 19, 2011, 15:19
 
Huttball seems alright. Reminds me of Speedball from the 90's and they at least seem to be trying to work some interesting twists into their warzones.

TOR in general seems to be alright so far. Nothing earth shatteringly new, but everything slick and Star Warsy. The main concern I have is the sheer number of dumbfuck raiders on their forums screaming loudly that raiding should be the sole endgame of any MMO. I'm hoping that they steer clear of WoW's raid or die endgame, or I'll run out of stuff to do when I refuse to grind emblems like a hamster in a wheel.
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Aug 19, 2011, 15:22
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eunichron wrote on Aug 19, 2011, 14:56:
What I'd really like to know is if they'll be providing refunds for those whose pre-orders do not get approved before launch, seeing as they charged my card before even completing the order.

The way I understand it is you will not be able to pre-order come a certain point, I am sure once you have ordered it you are guaranteed the ability to play at launch.
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Aug 19, 2011, 15:28
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Sempai wrote on Aug 19, 2011, 15:16:
Frags4Fun wrote on Aug 19, 2011, 15:01:
Two words: ANARCHY ONLINE.

Irrelevant.

That was a completely different time with a developer who's known for fubaring their launches.

Yeah, things have advanced so much since then. /facepalm

Were you there for AO on launch day? Were you there when we had to wait 15 minutes or more to get into the game only to have the entire server crash do to overpopulation on day 1? Seems like the same situation to me. The only difference I see is that these guys are trying to avoid this scenario. This game hasn't even launched and you act like you know the outcome. Can you go pick me up some lottery tickets?

Do you know what the word 'irrelevant' means? Do you think that these guys just grabbed this idea out of thin air? AO was one of the worst launches ever!
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Aug 19, 2011, 15:30
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OldScho0l wrote on Aug 19, 2011, 15:11:
There's no way in hell that I'm going anywhere near this PoS.

Well, good luck to you then, I’m actually on the beta, and it’s Far from anything related to a POS as you deem it, I just love how someone like YOU can talk about a game that you haven’t even played one min of. “Another Armchair critic who thinks he knows it all” The game is actually been one of the best MMOs I’ve had the pleasure of testing and playing through. So enjoy whatever boring life you have.
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Aug 19, 2011, 15:45
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Darks wrote on Aug 19, 2011, 15:30:
OldScho0l wrote on Aug 19, 2011, 15:11:
There's no way in hell that I'm going anywhere near this PoS.

Well, good luck to you then, I’m actually on the beta, and it’s Far from anything related to a POS as you deem it, I just love how someone like YOU can talk about a game that you haven’t even played one min of. “Another Armchair critic who thinks he knows it all” The game is actually been one of the best MMOs I’ve had the pleasure of testing and playing through. So enjoy whatever boring life you have.

+1 for sure..
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Aug 19, 2011, 15:49
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Aug 19, 2011, 15:49
 
Eh, it looks kinda fun. However, on the Venn diagram showing Star Wars fans and MMO fans, the intersecting area contains some serious nutjobs. Something to think about when considering a quality online experience.

Then again, the population of Final Fantasy fans that are also MMO fans contains even more nutjobs, and I played that game for 6 years straight.
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Aug 19, 2011, 15:50
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Aug 19, 2011, 15:50
 
Also, that Huttball reminded me a lot of Unreal Tournament CTF, so maybe I'll just play that instead.
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