BioWare is offering the public the change to play SWTOR on 21-24 July during Comic-Con in San Diego.
David Bass has announced on the official forums that BioWare are setting up gaming stations in the hotel (Hilton Gaslamp on 401K Street) across the road from Comic-Con in San Diego, that is open to the public while the convention is under way (21-24 July).
I know a bunch of people are waiting for details about our Comic-Con plans so that they can look into buying air/hotel to come visit us. While I can’t reveal everything just yet, I’m hoping to provide enough information right now to help you make a decision about coming down to visit.
Yesterday, BioWare made an announcement that we have a space at the Hilton Gaslamp hotel across the street from Comic-Con where fans can get their hands on Mass Effect 3 and the newest Dragon Age II DLC. Well, surprisingly enough, The Old Republic is planning on being there as well! Anyone (yes, even you!) can come to the Hilton and wait in line to play any of the BioWare games.
Those of you who have Comic-Con badges, never fear. We will definitely have the game playable on the show floor too, but as we’ve always said, our goal is to get as many people playing as possible at these events, and we figured the best way to do that was to extend the experience outside of Comic-Con.
Of course, we have no way of guaranteeing that you’ll get to play if you come down to San Diego. We still expect long lines both inside and outside the show, so understand that even if you decide to come down, we can never promise you’ll get hands-on. But we’ll do our very best to make sure you have an enjoyable experience no matter what.
So, that’s all the info I can provide for now. Things are getting nailed down very quickly internally, so hopefully we’ll have another update for you soon. In the meantime, if that’s enough information to convince you, go buy flights and hotels and we’ll see you in San Diego!
He later added:
The current plan is for the space to be open during each day of Comic-Con, likely extending beyond show floor hours too. Plans are very much subject to change, however. And we may not have played all of our cards just yet.
He’s hinting at something, but only time will tell what. The important thing is that if you want to play SWTOR and can make it to San Diego during those few days, you may get a chance for some hands-on time with the game!