Star Wars: The Old Republic – NDA Officially Lifted

Today on the official Star Wars: The Old Republic forums, Bioware has announced that the NDA has officially been lifted and all testers are free to talk about, share screenshots and videos of their time in the beta.


As of now, the non disclosure portion of our Game Testing Agreement is officially lifted. While all players must still accept the Game Testing Agreement, from this point on testers may now freely talk about their experiences this past weekend in the game, as well as post screenshots and gameplay videos of their testing experiences. We encourage you to come join us on the official Star Wars: The Old Republic Forums to share your experiences!

The Star Wars: The Old Republic community site will have a copy of this message on the forums and it will also appear in the Patcher. Players may not talk about nor reprint posts from our testing forums as they are still fully covered by the confidentiality portions of our Game Testing Agreement. And all players who want to participate in the upcoming Beta Test Weekends still have to accept all terms of the Game Testing Agreement. So, other than that, free feel to talk about and share your experiences in Star Wars: The Old Republic.

My thanks go out to everyone who has beta tested and continues to beta test the game. It has been with your help and feedback that Star Wars: The Old Republic is where it is today. We really appreciate your efforts.

May the Force be with you!

Greg Zeschuk
VP, Electronic Arts, BioWare Austin, General Manager

So if you were one of the lucky people that have been able to participate in one of the Beta Weekends, feel free to discuss your experience here in our comment section.

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  • Mike Charves

    I’ll be the first then.

    I got into the beta about a month and a half ago. I’m normally not one who buys into “hype” at all – I’ve had far too many experiences where the game didn’t measure up to the hype at all. Furthermore, the more I heard about the game mechanics, the more I started to have a rather darker and darker opinion about the game. I had a friend who’d been in the beta for about a month or so at this time, and he let me play for about an hour… and (for that build in particular) most of my opinions were pretty much correct. I wasn’t impressed.

    To my complete surprise, I got invited to the beta about a month later. I realized of course that when I’d played for an hour, it was just that – an hour worth of play for an MMO isn’t a lot (at all) and it was an older Beta build, so I was curious to see what my reactions would be after I’d played it for a significant amount of time.

    Suffice it to say, my opinions have completely reversed. I’ve come to really, really enjoy the game. So much so that I purchased the Collector’s Edition – and I rarely ever pre-order, and after STO vowed to never buy a CE again.

    I will say this, right off the bat – TOR is NOT Star Wars Galaxies II. So for anyone who may have been hoping for something like that, you will be disappointed – at least, that it’s not SWGII anyway.

    I won’t go into specifics, since that I’ll let someone else do for a full review of the game when it’s time… but it’s a lot of fun. What it does, it does very well. The one thing I thought I’d really dislike was the conversations, and ironically those are one of the things I enjoy the most. The game is definitely wholly based on storyline… the characters are the focal point for their respective classes, and the story quests do a good job in immersing the player into the game.

    One thing I will say though; I firmly believe that one of the reasons that I do enjoy the game as much as I do so far is expressly because of the fact that, due to my low opinion of it in the beginning, I had no expectations. As a result, I was impressed with what I saw. It doesn’t “break the mold” at all MMO-wise, but what it does, it does VERY well.

    • Warren C. Bennett

      It does break the mold in one way – pushing the narrative to the forefront. No other MMO I’ve played has done that and I’ve played quite a few. It really feels like a Bioware game and I know people will love that or hate it. I actually have a really in depth first impression I wrote for another site which you’ve read mostly, I believe. I adapted an email I sent to you and other people and put it in to an article.

      • Mike Charves

        That’s true… the narrative is a very big part of this game, and I don’t think I’ve seen an MMO that does it like this either. Quite a few single player games do, but no MMO’s.

        I will say that the space combat is pretty much ‘meh’ at best. That’s been a universal issue from the beginning of the Beta… Bioware’s idea was to make space combat a “mini-game” and not be a big part of it. Honestly, I think some people will like it… but for most of us in the beta we wish it was different. And not even drastically so – just remove the “rail” we’re on, allow us to fly around free form, and let us fly space missions grouped with other players and we’d all mostly be fine with it.