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GameReactorTV Talks with SWTOR Senior Writer Hall Hood

Text below take from TorWars and writer Acea Engen, original article here.

GameReactorTV recently chased down Hall Hood, a Senior Writer for BioWare on Star Wars: The Old Republic. They were able to take a decent bit of time and chat with Hood, mostly regarding story and writing for SWTOR.

In the interview they primarily discuss story-related aspects of SWTOR, and what it was like to tackle the different storylines of the classes from Mr. Hood’s perspective. One particular point of note is Hood’s discussion on drawing players to Non-Force using classes; and how when it came to Imperial Agent and Trooper storylines; BioWare had plenty of story-telling freedom, as they are some of the least-explored classes.

Mr. Hood also talks about how the writers of SWTOR approach the job much like you would approach writing for a TV series, as they will have major story-arcs concluded; but unanswered questions will be left to keep players engaged. The video is inter-cut with gameplay footage and is worth a watch. Check it out below.

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SWTOR Collector’s Edition Unboxing

BioWare has released a video of the un-boxing of the Star Wars: The Old Republic Collectors Edition! You get to see all the content in the box plus you get to finaly see ingame animation videos of the digital swag.

The Collector’s Edition of Star Wars™: The Old Republic™ includes an exciting variety of exclusive material. Take a look at this video to see all of the physical collectibles and the in-game items available in this limited edition.

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SWTOR: Flashpoints and Early Access

One thing that people have wanted to know for a long time is how many Flashpoints SWTOR will have when the game goes live. The SWTOR main panel at New York Comic Con last week dropped a bit of info concerning this:

There will be 15 Flashpoints available at launch with a new Flashpoint becoming available to players every few levels throughout the leveling up experience. All 15 Flashpoints will be available at the level cap of 50, with new, high-level versions unlocking for all Flashpoints.

*Note: Most Flashpoints are for both factions, some are exclusive to either Republic or Empire. No further clarification on that point as of yet.

To check out a long interview with Senior Online Community Manager Stephen Reid from Comic Con, go to TORWars. You can go to the page here.

There have also been some questions about early access, when do we get the information etc. Just to clarify for those that wonder: Early Access has not been given a date yet. BioWare will give us information at a later date. A good guess would be that early access gets a 3-7 days head start, but this is just speculation at the moment.

What is Early Game Access?
Early Game Access for Star Wars: The Old Republic is an opportunity for those who have pre-ordered the Game to start playing before the Game’s official release. Pre-order customers will be allowed to play the Game from when Early Game Access starts until launch without obligation.

When does Early Game Access begin?
Early Game Access will begin prior to the official release of Star Wars: The Old Republic. Precise dates will be revealed at a later time.

When does Early Game Access end?
Early Game Access will end on the day that Star Wars: The Old Republic is officially released on December 20th, 2011.

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New Global Launch for The Old Republic

Big news everyone! The EU launch date has been pushed to the 20th dec 2011, so we are now looking at a global launch date, the 20th dec 2011. I am guessing alot of EU people feel they have gotten an early x-mas gift. The original article can be seen here.

Today BioWare and LucasArts are excited to announce that the new global launch date for Star Wars™: The Old Republic™ will be December 20th, 2011. Updating from previously announced plans, the release will now be simultaneous in North American and European launch territories!

Those who have pre-ordered the game and redeemed their Pre-Order Code at the Code Redemption Center before the game’s official release are eligible for Early Game Access as well as an in-game ‘Color Stone’ to change the color of your weapon’s visual effects. If you haven’t yet reserved your copy of the game, be sure to visit our Pre-Order page and secure your place in the Old Republic now!

Additionally, be sure to check back to as well as our Twitter andFacebook pages for all the latest news and updates on Star Wars: The Old Republic.

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New Operations Game Systems Page

The new Operations Game Systems page contains information on all of the current Opperations along with images and video. You can visit the page here.

Over the past several weeks we have talked more and more about Operations in Star Wars™: The Old Republic™. Operations are high-level, multi-group missions where you and your friends will face the most menacing threats in the galaxy. The new Game Systems page offers more details about Operations and offers a look at one of the Operations that you and your allies will be able to explore.

Head over to the new Games Systems page to read up on the content that players have to look forward to with Operations in The Old Republic, and be sure to check out the developer walkthrough for the Eternity Vault to get just a small sample of the challenges that await you.