Feeds

Fans lose grace with Star Wars MMO

Access code worrier

Reducing security risks from open source software

Star Wars: The Old Republic fans are getting hot under the collar after it emerged that they may not be able to continue playing the game with pre-release "Early Access" code once the title hits shop shelves.

That might not matter so much if developer Bioware hadn't said such a so-called "grace period" would be in force.

Star Wars: The Old Republic

Hold up... what did you say?

Last week, publisher EA said that those who pre-ordered and were subsequently given access to the early play programme, will be unable to continue playing after launch until they key in a registration code included with each copy of the game.

Bioware had previously pledged otherwise, saying gamers who pre-order Star Wars: The Old Republic will get play continuity,

"There will be a period after launch day in which those who have pre-ordered [the game] will be able to continue playing before entering their Game Code. More information on this will be made available closer to launch," the developer said.

And Bioware's automated Customer Service e-mails still claim there will be a grace period as well:

"It is common practice for MMOs to allow for a Grace Period, and Star Wars: The Old Republic will be no different in that respect. When the game is released, you will have a five day post-launch grace period to purchase a full copy of the game and redeem your Game Code if you wish to continue playing the game without interruption."

But Stephen Reid, Community Manager for EA/Bioware, this week confirmed: "There will be no ‘grace period’ post launch in which those who are in Early Game Access will be able to continue to play the game."

"In order to continue playing past the Early Game Access period, you will need to enter a valid launch game code and payment method. Please read our FAQ for more information. We apologize for any previous messaging which may have led you to believe otherwise."

EA's revelation suggests that won't happen – unless your pre-ordered physical copy arrives before launch day.

No wonder that fans are unsurprisingly seething, especially those who pre-ordered in countries such as Australia, where an official launch date has yet to be set.

When it comes to MMO titles, turning up at the party a month late can be highly detrimental to one's geekdom aspirations. Not cool, guys, not cool. Bet you wish you went digital now.

Star Wars: The Old Republic

Holo-promises

Star Wars: The Old Republic flies onto UK shelves tomorrow, 15 December. Each copy comes with 30-days access, thereafter customers must pay either £9 every month, £25 every three, or £46 for half a year. ®

Thanks to reader Paul McDermott for the tip.

Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable

More from The Register

next story
Child diagnosed as allergic to iPad
Apple's fondleslab is the tablet dermatitis sufferers won't want to take
Microsoft takes on Chromebook with low-cost Windows laptops
Redmond's chief salesman: We're taking 'hard' decisions
For Lenovo US, 8-inch Windows tablets are DEAD – long live 8-inch Windows tablets
Reports it's killing off smaller slabs are greatly exaggerated
Cheer up, Nokia fans. It can start making mobes again in 18 months
The real winner of the Nokia sale is *drumroll* ... Nokia
Seventh-gen SPARC silicon will accelerate Oracle databases
Uncle Larry's mutually-optimised stack to become clearer in August
Report: American tech firms charge Britons a thumping nationality tax
Without representation, too. Time for a Boston (Lincs) Macbook Party?
prev story

Whitepapers

Reducing security risks from open source software
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.