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3:57 AM on 08.13.2014

Next Star Wars: The Old Republic update will let you build homes

EA revealed the next update for Star Wars: The Old Republic at its gamescom press conference. The Galactic Strongholds downloadable content will let you build a home in the game. Yup, SWTOR is now Sims. You can show off your cribs to friends in the game.  The update will also include Guild flagships, used to go around space and conquer planets. 

Hamza CTZ Aziz

10:00 PM on 02.04.2014

Two expansions planned for The Old Republic in 2014

Looking at the year ahead for Star Wars: The Old Republic, senior producer Bruce Maclean says there are two more digital expansions on the way -- "one similar to Galactic Starfighter in scope and one more closely resembling R...

Jordan Devore

2:30 PM on 01.20.2014

These ten free-to-play games made over $3B last year

Super Data Research has released their digital sales review of 2013, analyzing how much revenue was made from free-to-play, mobile, console, and PC digital content. In the free-to-play category, the top ten games based on rev...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

1:00 PM on 01.18.2014

SWTOR Galactic Starfighter open to Early Access members

The Galactic Starfighter expansion for Star Wars: The Old Republic has been available to Subscribers of the MMO since early December, and now it's time for Preferred Early Access users to get in on the action. Prefe...

Harry Monogenis

9:30 PM on 12.03.2013

The Old Republic 'Galactic Starfighter' expansion is live

As promised, the Galactic Starfighter expansion for Star Wars: The Old Republic has gone live for subscribers today adding 12 vs. 12 PvP free-flight dogfighting, complete with the ability to customize ships. On top ...

Harry Monogenis

9:00 PM on 11.14.2013

The Old Republic's Galactic Starfighter still seems cool

Here's another look at the upcoming Galactic Starfighter expansion for Star Wars: The Old Republic, aka the first truly interesting thing I've seen out of this game in months. The familiar sights and sounds of Star Wars dogf...

Jordan Devore

7:30 PM on 10.08.2013

12 vs. 12 space battles are coming to The Old Republic

As an absolute sucker for space battles in the Star Wars universe, this new digital expansion for Star Wars: The Old Republic is looking mighty fine. I've resisted the call of BioWare's MMO even with it going free-to-play, b...

Jordan Devore

9:00 PM on 07.31.2013

Obsidian reveals its plan for potential KOTOR III

Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords was a stellar Star Wars RPG that shone despite its bugs and rushed production schedule. It left me wanting to a sequel and, speaking to Eurogamer, Obsidian's Chris Avellone also ...

Alasdair Duncan

6:00 PM on 05.15.2013

Star Wars: The Old Republic customization update now live

BioWare has rolled out "Game Update 2.1: Customization" for Star Wars: The Old Republic. As previously demonstrated, this update introduces the Cathar as a playable race up for purchase at the Cartel Market as well as an Appe...

Jordan Devore

5:15 PM on 05.08.2013

Free-to-play has 'doubled' income for The Old Republic

EA's president of labels Frank Gibeau announced during yesterday's earnings call that after Star Wars: The Old Republic transitioned to a free-to-play model, "the monthly revenue has doubled." Gibeau also confirmed that the g...

Alasdair Duncan

9:00 PM on 04.26.2013

Star Wars: The Old Republic to add the Cathar race

Star Wars The Old Republic update 2.1, dubbed the "Customization" update, now has a new trailer that shows off a significant addition to the fray -- the Cathar race (remember Juhani from Knights of the Old Republic?). This i...

Chris Carter

5:15 PM on 04.15.2013

New releases: The Knife of Dunwall blinks into existence

After a couple of lackluster weeks of new releases, we're spoiled for choice this week. A plethora of games drop, begging for your attention. Time to blow more money. At the top of the list, for me, is the latest piece of Di...

Fraser Brown

3:30 PM on 04.01.2013

Do want: Hutt mounts in Star Wars: The Old Republic

With a name like Update 2.1: Dance of the Hutts, you know you're in for a change of pace. Headlining this April Fool's Day joke for Star Wars: The Old Republic are dance-based PvP combat and "an affectionate, but reluctant ne...

Jordan Devore

4:45 PM on 03.25.2013

'Hutt Cartel' expansion hits The Old Republic in April

BioWare has plans to release the Rise of the Hutt Cartel expansion for Star Wars: The Old Republic on April 14, 2013 in all territories, the studio announced today. Pricing for the new content is $9.99 for paying subscribers ...

Jordan Devore

4:30 PM on 03.15.2013

XP reduction lowered for free players in SW: TOR patch

If you were expecting to have a fairly comparable experience playing The Old Republic for free, you were probably disappointed to find out that you had a 25% reduced XP rate after level 10. It made the game more of a grind, a...

Chris Carter

8:30 PM on 01.16.2013

Office Chat: Infinite horizons and limited vision

Now arriving with an alarming consistency, I bring you the latest installment of Office Chat. In this episode, I'm joined again by Jordan Devore and Brett Zeidler as we address the controversy surrounding Star Wars: The...

Conrad Zimmerman

9:30 PM on 01.15.2013

The DTOID Show: DmC, Sir Hammerlock, & Gay Star Wars

Here's today's Destructoid Show, in all it's fabulous, timely glory.  For starters, there was that thing about how they added a gay planet in Star Wars: The Old Republic, which of course went over like a fart in Church. ...

Max Scoville

11:00 AM on 01.14.2013

Star Wars: The Old Republic and its new 'Gay Planet'

BioWare wants to take you to a gay bar. Or rather, a gay planet. Star Wars: The Old Republic is being updated to include a rather inelegant solution to its lack of gay characters -- a planet called Makeb where all the homosex...

Jim Sterling

12:45 PM on 12.18.2012

Rise of the Hutt Cartel targets spring for Star Wars: TOR

BioWare has announced Rise of the Hutt Cartel, a forthcoming digital expansion for Star Wars: The Old Republic. Available in spring 2013, this voiced story content will take place on Makeb and raise the level cap by five leve...

Jordan Devore

9:30 PM on 11.15.2012

Star Wars: The Old Republic can now be played for free

Today is the day that Star Wars: The Old Republic added its free-to-play option. While the game's eight classes are playable up to level 50, there are a number of restrictions that non-paying players have to put up with which...

Jordan Devore

3:00 PM on 11.08.2012

Star Wars: The Old Republic goes free-to-play Nov. 15

Update: Current Old Republic subscribers now reflects the numbers on Electronic Arts' report. For a while there, I really bought into The Old Republic taking Blizzard's crown. But, here we are with BioWare's game going f...

Allistair Pinsof

3:00 PM on 10.17.2012

BioWare lays out specific SWTOR free-to-play restrictions

BioWare and Electronic Arts held off admirably, but implementing a free-to-play model in Star Wars: The Old Republic seemed inevitable to keep the player base from falling off. If you're looking to swoop in without paying a s...

Jordan Devore

11:30 AM on 10.11.2012

Bioware Austin win most awards at GDC Online

Despite having a hard time with employment and keeping membership afloat this year, GDC Online's judges sent Bioware Austin home with four awards for its Star Wars MMO The Old Republic. The developer won four awards in its si...

Allistair Pinsof

7:00 PM on 09.26.2012

The Old Republic brings the terror in update 1.4 today

Star Wars: The Old Republic update 1.4, "Terror from Beyond" goes live today, with a slew of new features. Republic and Empire affiliates can travel to the furthest reaches of the galaxy to combat an eldrich evil created spec...

Fraser Brown

7:30 PM on 08.01.2012

The DTOID Show: Aliens, Zynga, Ada Wong in RE6, & PAX

Today's episode of The Destructoid Show is brought to you by a flock of magical falcons who carried it here in a net woven out of gossamer spider-silk. Okay, not really. I just wanted to write something interesting. Sega rel...

Max Scoville

4:30 PM on 06.26.2012

The Old Republic launches update 1.3 today

Fans of The Old Republic have a lot to be excited for, as the newest content update titled "Allies", is landing today. First off, you have the heavily requested group finder feature, which allows you to search and join up wit...

Chris Carter

11:30 AM on 05.08.2012

The Old Republic's 'hidden subscribers' are actually gone

It looks like a large portion of the player base in The Old Republic isn't just hiding -- they're full on missing. Rock, Paper Shotgun did some digging through EA's recent financial report and found that 400,000 subscribers h...

Chris Carter

7:30 PM on 04.26.2012

The Old Republic spreads to 38 additional countries

Star Wars: The Old Republic is launching in another 38 countries, starting today. From Afghanistan to Yemen, people can purchase the Standard Edition or the Digital Deluxe Edition from Origin. BioWare has provided a list of p...

Fraser Brown

5:15 PM on 04.25.2012

The Old Republic's lost players are just hiding

Depending on who you ask, Star Wars: The Old Republic either did quite well and continues to succeed in an incredibly saturated market, or it's already peaked and now all it has to look forward to are diminishing subscription...

Fraser Brown

11:30 AM on 04.16.2012

EA blows off layoff reports following BF3, SWTOR letdowns

Electronic Arts is alleged to be cutting between 500 and 1,000 jobs due to Battlefield 3 and Star Wars: The Old Republic performing below expectations. EA has downplayed the reports, though it wouldn't deny that jobs have bee...

Jim Sterling





11:00 PM on 04.12.2012

The Old Republic 1.2: Tauntauns for everyone

I've sort of drifted away from Star Wars: The Old Republic, recently. After hitting 50 and reaching that end game grind I sort of just got a bit tired of it. However, nothing entices me back to an MMO like a big update. Game...

Fraser Brown

8:00 AM on 04.05.2012

EA defends itself against homophobic hate mail

Electronic Arts has come under fire from right wing Christian groups for the sin of allowing gay-friendly content in its games. A letter campaign, seemingly spearheaded by the Florida Family Association, accuses EA of corrupt...

Jim Sterling

10:15 AM on 03.30.2012

Star Wars: The Old Republic Legacy System explained

Bioware designer William Wallace (amazing!) has just put up a hot blog post explaining (in great detail) some upcoming mechanical implications for The Old Republic's Legacy System. For those who aren't in the know, Legacy is ...

Chris Carter

8:00 AM on 03.26.2012

The Old Republic accused of having too many servers

Forum threads like this one have been sprouting up like weeds on Bioware's official Star Wars: The Old Republic forum, causing mods to quickly open new ones due to the overwhelming amount of responses. The basic idea of ...

Chris Carter

1:00 PM on 03.14.2012

Star Wars: The Old Republic is free to play this weekend

Starting this Thursday, March 15th, non-subscribers will be able to play Star Wars: The Old Republic for free until Monday, March 19th! For all of you people who have been saying "I'll wait until it's permanently free to...

Patrick Hancock

12:00 PM on 03.09.2012

Star Wars: The Old Republic 1.2 update on the horizon

After a ton of hullabaloo, The Old Republic's heftiest update yet is about to hit. In the update, players will find improved UI customization, more refined visuals, and a few other tweaks. Content wise, there's a new Warzone...

Chris Carter

3:30 PM on 03.02.2012

Economic shifts and a splash of color in SWTOR 1.1.5

Republic and Imperial news services are a buzz with information relevant to any economic minded Star Wars: The Old Republic players. Balmorran transport company, Korrealis Corporation has ceased production of the "Sovereign",...

Fraser Brown



BioWare writer's vagina versus the Internet photo
BioWare writer's vagina versus the Internet
by Jim Sterling

Jennifer Hepler is hated by people on the Internet, as Destructoid reader Ben recently informed us. That's not unusual in itself, as there are few public figures who aren't hated by a significant cross-section of the online population. However, when you consider what Hepler did -- or didn't do -- it certainly is a puzzle as to why she's despised with such pure, unfettered venom. She wrote for Dragon Age and Star Wars: The Old Republic

Hepler is a BioWare writer and woke up one day to discover the entire Internet hated her. A number of online communities recently started dogpiling on the lady, accusing her of "ruining" BioWare games with her writing. She's also received a lot of heat for admitting that she doesn't like to play games -- certainly a requirement if your job is to craft narrative (sarcasm). 

By far her greatest "crime" was suggesting that games should let the player skip combat, stating: "Games almost always include a way to "button through" dialogue without paying attention, because they understand that some players don't enjoy listening to dialogue and they don't want to stop their fun. Yet they persist in practically coming into your living room and forcing you to play through the combats even if you're a player who only enjoys the dialogue."

Whether you agree or disagree, it's not like she cut a toddler's achilles tendons with a rusty scalpel. Still, however, this is the Internet. 

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9:00 PM on 02.14.2012

Star Wars: The Old Republic spreading to more regions

BioWare is officially bringing Star Wars: The Old Republic outside of North America and Europe next month. On March 1, 2012, the game will launch in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, and Singapore. If you live in one of thes...

Jordan Devore

11:00 AM on 02.08.2012

The Old Republic's Ilum still having issues

All is not well with the galaxy in The Old Republic. Evidently kills on the world PVP planet Ilum (one of the few things you can do post level 50) aren't registering for a lot of folks, meaning they can't complete their daily...

Chris Carter