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Hands on: Trooper

Charles Onyett at IGN has written a great article about the Tropper and his hands on experience. He was a bit sceptical at first, but as you can see, he changed his mind pretty fast.

At level 18, I feel silly for doubting the Trooper. After a large number of his abilities were unlocked, it became obvious this class was seriously dangerous. He can wear all armor types, though is best dressed in heavy gear to deflect as much damage as possible while he sprays blaster fire across battle zones. Initially his abilities aren’t especially exciting. He gets a Hammer Shot, his core attack, that fires off a volley without consuming his ammunition — his class-specific resource. Most of his abilities do consume ammo, which slowly regenerates as he fights, and can also be swiftly replenished with a recharge ability that’s limited by a cooldown.

He gives you a great breakdown of what you can expect from the class, ammo, skills etc. He also toch base with some other things like companions and his view of them as well as other aspects of the game. It’s a great read and I am hoping for more in-depth looks into all the classes soon. To read the article, go here.

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SWTOR PvP and Warzones

The nice people at IGN has made a article with a great overview of the diffrent PVP scenarios we will see in the upcoming launch of SWTOR. Hopefully we will get one or two more before the game hits 20th december. The article is broken down into the two official PVP scenarios that has been released so far: Alderaan and Hutball. They give you a short but great overview what you can expect from each scenarios and what the author thinks of each. Go check it out here.

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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.