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Service scheduled for roll-out early summer


In late February, BioWare opened the Oceanic servers. With the expansion, free character transfers were announced. But this left one question unanswered, "When will character transfers become available to everyone?"

In last week's developer Q&A, SWTOR forum user Arymono asked this question of the developers and Dallas Dickonson (Senior Producer of Live Services) chimed in on the subject:
We will be rolling out our Character Transfer Service in early summer. First we’ll have some targeted free transfers from/to specific servers, but that will be followed with a broader system where you can either take advantage of free promotional transfers to specific servers or paid transfers to the server of your choice. We know everyone has more questions about character transfer, and we’ll reveal more details closer to the launch date.


Dicksonson also mentioned in the same Q&A that this service will also address low server populations. When the new service rolls out, players on select servers will have the opportunity to transfer from high- and low-density population servers.

We will bring you further announcements and updates as they become available.



Origin, retailers will sell game to expanded clientele

Early this morning, BioWare announced that starting today, the epic saga of Star Wars:The Old Republic will expand into Eastern Europe and the Middle East.

Two versions of the game will be available, a Standard Edition and Digital Deluxe Edition. The Digital Deluxe Edition will come with some unique in-game items and will be exclusively available from Origin.

Those who have already purchased a physical copy wont be left out though. BioWare has made a Digital Upgrade package available for purchase from Origin where available.

The Standard Edition will also be available at select retailers in most of the countries.

All editions include 30 days of game time and will have the option of one, three and six month recurring subscriptions.

Below is the list of the countries included in the expansion:

Europe

  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Belarus (only available at Origin.com)
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Estonia (only available at Origin.com)
  • Gibraltar
  • Iceland
  • Kazakhstan (only available at Origin.com)
  • Latvia (only available at Origin.com)
  • Lithuania (only available at Origin.com)
  • Luxembourg (not available at Origin.com)
  • Macedonia
  • Malta
  • Moldova
  • Romania
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine (only available at Origin.com)

Middle East

  • Afghanistan
  • Algeria (not available at Origin.com)
  • Bahrain
  • Egypt
  • Israel
  • Kuwait
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • Oman
  • Qatar
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Tunisia (not available at Origin.com)
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Yemen

More information about the expansion is available at the Additional EU and Middle Eastern Launch FAQ page on the SWTOR website.

We will keep you up-to-date with any announcements or statements from BioWare as they become available.




A new Skill tree calculator is now available to let you try out new builds. It works exactly like in the game with few nifty features:
  • Automatically max out all points in any tree!
  • Be able to reset one tree at a time.
  • Share your build easily with a persistent URL that reflects your current build exactly as it is on your screen!

If you have any suggestions for improvement, or features you'd like to see us add for this tool, feel free to let us know in our Suggestions Forum!