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Friday Update: Testing Underway, and Comic-Con Info

Sadly, today isn’t a day filled with anything for me to take notes on or to really post much as far as what I think…but we have been given confirmation to those “rumors” about game testing: It’s starting. Read more to read the official announcement and such!

Game Testing for Star Wars™: The Old Republic™ is underway! Those selected to test will gain access to the game and be able to provide valuable feedback to help us tune particular areas of gameplay and begin the process of balancing and tweaking our content.

Game Testing is an on-going process being rolled out in several phases. These phases began with smaller, more focused tests with community members from North America, and later will expand to other territories. Users selected for the test program will be notified via email with more information on accessing the Game Testing Portal. If you’ve not been chosen yet, you may be selected in the next wave!

If you haven’t signed up already, it’s definitely not too late! If you’re not already a member of the Star Wars: The Old Republic community, click here to become one today! Be sure to check the box to indicate you are interested in becoming a tester. If you’re already a member, go to the Game Testing Portal to begin the sign up process. Note that you must be at least 18 years of age to accept the Game Tester Agreement.

Please keep in mind that there are no guarantees that you will be selected once you have completed the sign-up process. For more information about testing Star Wars: The Old Republic, take time to read the Game Testing FAQ.

We’re looking forward to your help in making Star Wars: The Old Republic a success!

Congratulations to those of you that are chosen for this lovely privilege, just remember: Don’t talk about it or leak ANY information, or you’ll find yourself banned (from the testing or even from the game itself).

In addition to the Testing release, we’ve been provided with more details on the SW:TOR’s Bioware appearance, which can be found here. For those of you who don’t like clicking links, here’s all the juice:

Blood of the Empire

Head over to the Dark Horse booth where Alexander Freed, Senior Writer at BioWare, will be available to sign a page from Blood of the Empire™. Alexander has been part of the writing team for Star Wars: The Old Republic since 2006 and his recent work includes writing the Blood of the Empire webcomic. Don’t miss this rare chance to get an autographed copy of one of the Dark Horse signing books!

“Hope” Cinematic Trailer

The “Hope” cinematic trailer received an outstanding response from fans! Visit the Star Warsbooth during the San Diego Comic-Con to get another look at “Hope” on the big screen. We will be showing the trailer three or four times per day. Visit the Star Wars booth to find out days and times that the trailer will be shown.

Star Wars Panels Schedule

On Friday, July 23rd, get into The Old Republic by checking out the panels taking place in theStar Wars room (Room 7AB). Panels fill up fast so if you want a spot, be sure to get there early! Attendees are not required to clear out when a panel is finished, so consider attending earlier meetings to reserve your seat.

12:00-1:00PM – Star Wars: Collectibles Update

Join Chris Spitale of Lucasfilm Licensing and the creators of some of the most tantalizing Star Wars collectibles, for a look at product development insights. Look forward to exclusive previews of what’s coming next for the Star Wars franchise, and what to expect from the hottest new collectibles.

1:00-2:00 PM – Beyond Solo: Crafting the Multiplayer Story in Star Wars: The Old Republic

Meet up with James Ohlen (Studio Creative Director and Lead Designer, BioWare) Drew Karpyshyn (Principal Writer, BioWare), and Alexander Freed (Managing Editor, BioWare), along with Morgan Webb (G4’s X-Play)as they discuss the creation of the multiplayer, planet-spanning story in Star Wars: The Old Republic. While much attention has been paid to the unique individual stories of each of the eight classes in the game, the team is excited to share their approach to the broader stories that players will experience in The Old Republic.

2:00-3:00 PM – Inside the Force

Join Dave Filoni (Supervising Director), Joel Aron (CG Supervisor) and Kilian Plunkett (Lead Designer) as the Lucasfilm Animation Artists take you on an in-depth journey from script to screen, showing how an episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars is made. See how the animation style transformed from season one to the upcoming season three.

Meet the Developers Event

To relax from all the comic madness, we’re putting together an intimate event where fans can meet some of The Old Republic developers. We’ll be hanging out at Dick’s Last Resort from 5PM – 7PM on Friday, July 23rd, so be sure to come by and say hi!

We’ve updated the Events page to announce The Old Republic’s presence at the San Diego Comic-Con, so check back there for any schedule changes. See you there!

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