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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



Star Wars: The Old Republic is free to play this weekend photo
Star Wars: The Old Republic is free to play this weekend
by Patrick Hancock

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 play," I think this is the closest you'll get for a long time. The game seems to be doing pretty well for itself even if the vocal minority is as loud as ever. 

Our impressions of the game were really positive back when it was released and although I can't speak for anyone else, I've since moved on and unsubscribed. I just wasn't as into it after that "honeymoon" phase ended. 

Anyway, this free weekend will allow you to get a character up to level 15, with limits on where you can travel as well. It's all explained in this handy dandy FAQ up on the site. If I'm reading this correctly, it seems as if previous subscribers will have to make a new "free" account to get in on this. So will those of you who are holding out give this a whirl? 

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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

11:00 PM on 02.01.2012

BioWare announces the first SWTOR Guild Summit

BioWare has invited Star Wars: The Old Republic guild leaders from around the world to the first SWTOR Guild Summit in Austin, Texas. While invites have already been sent out, there is still some space for other guilds to app...

Fraser Brown

9:20 AM on 01.30.2012

FRC: The Old Republic is full of homosexual activists

Star Wars: The Old Republic will definitely turn all of your children gay, according to right-wing Christian lunatic group, the Family Research Council. FRC president Tony Perkins recently criticized BioWare's MMO for being f...

Jim Sterling

8:00 PM on 01.20.2012

SWTOR getting more updates and even more rakghouls

Hot on the heels of their first content update, BioWare have revealed their plans for the future of Star Wars: The Old Republic in a new video. The last update -- Rise of the Rakghouls -- was only the first part, and players...

Fraser Brown

12:15 PM on 01.12.2012

SWTOR's first content update is Rise of the Rakghouls

I hate Rakghouls. Horrible little monkey bastards, they are. I welcome a fresh update that allows me to kill more of them, and it seems that Star Wars: The Old Republic is going to give me what I want with Rise of the Rakghou...

Jim Sterling





8:00 AM on 01.09.2012

SWTOR's first major patch bringing bosses, anti-aliasing

Star Wars: The Old Republic is getting its first major patch very soon, bringing fresh content and the long-awaited support for official anti-aliasing options. The update was recently unleashed on test servers, so we know all...

Jim Sterling

9:26 PM on 01.06.2012

The DTOID Show: CES preview with Anthony Carboni!

It's Friday afternoon here at The Destructoid Show, and that can only mean two things: gallons of booze and a smattering of news! Preferably in that order. With emphasis on the former. On today's show, Max talks about SWTOR'...

Tara Long

1:00 PM on 01.05.2012

Daily Mail: SWTOR players are torturing & abusing slaves

We're not even a week into the new year and The Daily Mail has already published yet another hysterical attack on videogames. Star Wars: The Old Republic has come under fire from Rob Waugh, alarmed at the fact that Sith ...

Jim Sterling

9:00 AM on 01.04.2012

Dancing in SWTOR turns players into God

BioWare has a fresh Swoahtor exploit to plug up today, after it became known that players are literally dodging bullets with their fly dance moves. Using the "/getdown" command, player characters start to perform a jaun...

Jim Sterling