DLC and the Long Wait for Release Dates

The long slog to Star Wars: The Old Republic now has an end in sight. In case you missed it, the release date has been announced as December 20th. No news yet on how early the “early start” will be for those of us who pre-ordered. Also, guilds have entered the Aligning Phase where you make up to 3 alliances or¬†adversary¬†pacts with other guilds.

The alignment phase is odd to me because allies and adversaries normally appear organically over time in an MMO. Members of other guilds you meet in your travels and develop close ties. I expect to see more fluid movement of allies and adversaries once the game launches and people get a feel if they really do enjoy playing with each other. I did post my guild’s request for allies today. Skeptic or not, the chance to make more friends off the bat is enough for me to give it a shot and everyone agreed. (more…)