swtor Star Wars: The Old Republic launches

Star Wars: The Old Republic (SWTOR) launches today, delivering an MMO (massively multiplayer online) experience made by renowned game developer BioWare set a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.

Star Wars: The Old Republic (SWTOR) launches today, delivering an MMO (massively multiplayer online) experience made by renowned game developer BioWare set a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.

 
The game, which is BioWare's first venture into the world of MMOs, has been in development for five years and is rumoured to have cost a whopping $130 million, making it one of the most expensive computer games to date.
 
The pivotal feature that differentiates SWTOR from other MMOs, such as World of Warcraft, is story, the “fourth pillar” to the progression, exploration and combat pillars found in other games. While some games like Lord of the Rings Online go very far to deliver a compelling storyline, they pale in comparison to the sheer scope, complexity and immersion factor of BioWare's effort, which is fully voice-acted.
 
swtor Star Wars: The Old Republic launches
 
BioWare is not ignoring the other three pillars, however, as there is plenty of progression to be found in the 50 levels, eight classes, 16 advanced classes, three skill trees per advanced class, multiple companions, starships, crafting, group content and raids, to name but a few of the numerous features.
 
There's lots to explore too, with 19 worlds to visit and plans to have upwards of 500 worlds by 2025.
 
Combat is the bread and butter of the game, with most of it taking place on the ground against artificial enemies or real-life people in player-versus-player (PVP) warzones and in open world PVP, but there's also space combat to break up the monotony.
 
“Today represents an amazing milestone for BioWare, EA and Star Wars fans everywhere and we are confident it has been worth the wait,” said Dr. Ray Muzyka, co-founder of BioWare. “The support and resources going into Star Wars: The Old Republic are not ending today. The innovations we’re bringing to the category are just the start of a journey and ongoing investment in our players that will grow, evolve and transform based on player feedback over the weeks, months and years ahead.”
 
The game comes with 30 days of access to the servers, after which a subscription is required, costing $14.99 (€12.99/£8.99) per month, $41.97 (€35.97/£25.17) for three months, or $77.94 (€65.94/£46.14) for six months.
 
May the Force be with you.