Yesterday (Monday the 28th of September) a new thread arrived in Star Wars: The Old Republic’s official forums that implicated a link that appeared on an RSS feed on some members computers: a beta testing event. I have been reading up on this, and this morning the thread was over 270 pages long, with no sign of a developer making an announcement whether this information was correct or a hoax.
Today, it was confirmed when an official page arrived on Bio Ware’s website! Unfortunately for some, there are requirements for people to be able to become a beta tester with SW: TOR.
Okay, tell me more!
Well, firstly you have to have an active account on the website www.swtor.com, this account cannot be one that is banned and all participants of the event have to be over the age of 18. Everyone who participates will have to uphold the “Game Testing Agreement” that is included in the sign up process to the TOR community.
A game testing agreement is a variation of an Non-Disclosure Agreement, this means that if you become a part of the testing group you are strictly forbidden from giving any information out to the general public, if you are found to do so you can be banned entirely from the community and they may even have the grounds to sue you.
Settle down, tiger.
This does not mean the game will be out any time this year. I have done some research and found out that Bio Ware is looking to release TOR some time after Mass Effect 2 has been released. The testing process for an MMO is vast however; it would take many months just to process those thousands who wish to become a part of the testing team.
This means there is an abundance of time available to Bio Ware to still release all of the integral information about the game before the testing process even begins. Commonly, a closed beta is followed after by an open beta, this is usually just a marketing ploy in modern MMOs such as Aion’s open beta which was designed just to get players to pre-order the game.
Its a trap!
Finally, I wanted to remind people to stay out of the sticky trap that scammers will weave once news comes out about large game releases: to become a beta tester over at TOR you have to sign up at www.swtor.com/testing. This is not done on any other website, nor do you have to give your details out to anyone. They also stated they are taking a small group of people for initial testing, later they will be expanding the size of these test groups.
I personally believe that if you have a very high powered computer or equally an underpowered one, you are more likely to make the cut for the initial testing; although that depends on whether this initial testing is just for server stress!