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Posted: Dec 16th 2011 7:32AM Heraclea said

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@Faryon

I'm expecting this to be one of the rougher launches I've seen. A game isn't much use if I don't get to play it. I play maybe 2-3 hours in an evening. A 2 hour queue means an unplayable game. If this goes on for a month then I will probably not be subscribing.
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Posted: Dec 15th 2011 4:12PM Alex Oglitchkin said

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Not a bad setup at all. Maints are probably to check the hardware and make more servers or changes as they see fit.

Posted: Dec 15th 2011 4:20PM hereafter said

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Almost overkill now, since retailers are shipping earlier. Amazon just shipped mine for arrival tomorrow, so obviously well in advance of launch. Good move though. They really should have waited on cancelling anything to avoid the inevitable aggro.

Posted: Dec 15th 2011 4:31PM Distaste said

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Glad to see Bioware backpedaling, but no grave period was a stupid decision to begin with. Now if only they could go back in time and listen to the testers to create game that won't drop subs like a hot potato after 2-3 months.

Posted: Dec 15th 2011 5:01PM BaronJuJu said

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Amazon is showing my order will arrive AFTER 25 December, and I pre-ordered on the first day they opened it up (21 July).

Bummer :(

Posted: Dec 15th 2011 8:17PM (Unverified) said

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@BaronJuJu

Check your email. Amazon bumped me up from that to the 22nd estimated arrival.
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Posted: Dec 15th 2011 5:03PM Varakkys said

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Not much consolation for those that still have to wait for Santa to deliver their copy on the 25th. For the sake of three more days grace, you'd think Bioware would have taken this whole Christmas malarkey into consideration as well.

Posted: Dec 15th 2011 5:13PM CorwynnMaelstrom said

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Every single time a new MMO pre-launches they say "no grace period" . . . every single time they give a grace period.

I'm waiting for the company that actually understands that grace periods are a good thing for everyone involved, and just offers two days after release for everyone to input their codes. :P

Posted: Dec 15th 2011 5:22PM TheJackman said

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But... really why rush into the game. People that wait till first big patch not have to fight the same bugs not have to wait hours to get on there servers that are really full right now....

Remember also... my fear of SWTOR is that the fully scripted voice overs means that continued content updates are going to be very expensive! We all known Bioware lag buster DLC and some great one but none of them where really long and far apart... I really hope they will release some good content and free for subs... EA may make us pay for extra content!

Posted: Dec 15th 2011 6:58PM hereafter said

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@TheJackman

According to interviews with James Ohlen, they have major content releases planned that will be "free" to subscribers (no extra costs to us).
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Posted: Dec 15th 2011 6:31PM MMOaddict said

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This should just become standard practice for any game that has early game access. Every other MMO has had to fold and give a grace period, not sure why they had to "deliberate" about this at all.

Posted: Dec 15th 2011 7:47PM Felnor said

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@MMOaddict - Think about it. If they had say a 7 Day Grace Period people would get an extra week of Game Play. The smart plan would be to get the retailers to ship early so that the keys would be in the hands of the people. Due to some unforeseen issue with the retailers not budging at first they ended up having to do a 2 day Grace Period which is great.
I don't think Grace Periods should become a standard because it leads to people just being lazy. They should only be given in cases where a retailer fouls up a launch.
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Posted: Dec 15th 2011 10:01PM (Unverified) said

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@Felnor : "Think about it. If they had say a 7 Day Grace Period people would get an extra week of Game Play. "

No they wouldn't. Their free month subscription would start as soon as they create their account and start playing. The grace period is just a period of time to get your box, enter the code from it, and confirm that you really have gone through with you pre-order and really are entitled to be there. It's not "free play time".
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Posted: Dec 15th 2011 7:47PM Xei said

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Ok I can't post on the game forums and I don't know if anyone will see this let alone reply. But just what is this grace period? Like what does it even signify? If I don't register before the 22nd then what I don't get to play or something? I'm so lost why this is even needed honestly.

I am wondering because my copy won't be getting ordered until tomorrow and chances are I won't get it until after the 22nd since it won't be over night shipping. So please if someone can reply explaining this grace period I would appreciate it.

Posted: Dec 15th 2011 7:49PM Felnor said

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@Xei - The grace period is for people with Early Game Access so they can continue to play while they wait for their copies of the game to arrive. If you are ordering tomorrow you'll probably fall outside that window. If you can you may want to do the Digital Download instead of a boxed copy if you can.
That's all through Origin btw.
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Posted: Dec 15th 2011 8:15PM Xei said

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@Felnor Ah ok, I guess that makes sense then. I'm not the one doing the ordering. Getting the CE as a gift so it's gotta be shipped. Sadly it's also not being shipped over night or anything so will delay my play time further :|
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Posted: Dec 15th 2011 8:21PM Graill440 said

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We call this consumer pressure, among other things, busybodies will call it whining, etc.

Still, when a business states they will do something and then changes that mechanic at the last second, consumers will voice their opinions, the end result was too much pressure and the risk of bad publicity that changed the devs mind.

Posted: Dec 15th 2011 8:57PM JonBuck said

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@Graill440 They're human. They make mistakes. What matters to me is how they react when they realize they've done something stupid and move to correct the problem. Between:

*Extending Early Game Access by two days.
*Getting retailers to ship ahead of schedule.
*Adding the grace period everyone wanted.

BioWare has more than made up for the screwup in my view. They'll make more mistakes in the future. How they've responded to this one is a very positive sign.
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Posted: Dec 15th 2011 8:24PM Graill440 said

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As a sub a consumer should not have to pay for content, this is one reason people are driven away unless the game is stupidly easy with pretty colors....and elves.


*runs out the nearest door*

Posted: Dec 15th 2011 9:22PM (Unverified) said

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@Graill440 I used to think the same way until I realized that there are server upkeep cost and other business cost like customer support and such. As long as a mmorpg is good at keeping servers stablized and I find the game enjoyable, I will sub.
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