THE BUZZ: BioWare has today announced that the European beta testing program for Star Wars: The Old Republic has been postponed.
Invites for European players will not be going out yet due to a new game build being released within the next week.
European Community Manager Chris Collins wrote an explanation for the delay on the games official forums, you can read a snippet below;
“After a lengthy discussion here at the BioWare offices, the decision has been made to postpone the proposed Game Testing invites for EU players for a number of reasons.
Firstly, there’s a new build of the game on the horizon. This is a major build, meaning there will be character wipes and a new client to download. As you may be aware, the current client download is around 27GB in size. If we were to invite players en masse today, those players would have to download the entirety of the client to access the game.
There’s every chance that later this week, the service will go offline and this new version will be rolled out, meaning everyone currently in Testing will have to not only download the entire client again (another 27GB download), but will also have their characters erased and have to start afresh. This is a relatively large amount to download in such a short space of time and not an experience we want new testers to be exposed to.”
You can read the full explanation here.
EGM’s TAKE: While BioWare are obviously trying to protect users from major downloads it does mean that fans are missing out on valuable beta playing time which will leave many annoyed.