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"High-Scale" Beta Testing Possibly Soon

Investment conference call between William Blair & Company and EA revealed a possible push to some major testing of Star Wars: The Old Ruplic. Details inside!

Tuesday Morning, June 14, there was an EA conference call with investment firm William Blair & Company. The conference call was live streamed here but has since ended. When an archive becomes available we will let you know.

We mention this because they covered a lot of things EA which included a juicy tidbit about Star Wars: The Old Republic.

The most important thing to take away from this was that John Riccitiello, Chief Executive Officer, said that a “high-scaled beta” would begin sometime late June and depending on the results of this testing is the release date.

Now we want to clear things up that this is an investor call, there is nothing 100% concrete and can be subject to change, but it is interesting to note that they are definitely making the hard push now. Hopefully “high-scaled” indicates that a much larger wave of invites will be going out and they’ll start to put the game through the heavy paces which might lead to some very needed changes or confirmation that this baby is ready to sell like hotcakes.

Stay tuned to TOROcast as we keep an eye on this development. We’ll let you know when we hear about an archive as well as what is sure to be follow up statements from Bioware regarding this information.

[UPDATE] Stephen Reid posted the following on the official forums:

Game Testing is currently ongoing for Star Wars: The Old Republic. This isn’t news – it’s been ongoing for quite a while. At different points in the process, we have invited a number of people to test. Some of those people tested for short periods, some for longer periods.

We’ve recently transitioned into longer-term and larger-scale testing. We have more people testing the game now than ever before. We are allowing them to play for longer than ever before. We’re also continuing to invite people to test, so if you haven’t signed up for testing yet now is a good time.

We will be allowing more and more people to test The Old Republic before launch, and that means occasionally we’ll spike in our invite numbers. It doesn’t mean everyone who’s signed up for testing is going to be invited in one block.

What we’re doing now, essentially, is similar to a Closed Beta for other MMORPGs, but we call it Game Testing. It’s invite-only, and it’s limited in size. That gives us the most ‘bang for our buck’ in terms of getting meaningful, actionable feedback. However, we’re still ramping up, we’re getting more people in… and we’re still aiming to launch in 2011.


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