Star Wars: The Old Republic - Galactic Starfighter Early Access Begins

A new press release from EA and BioWare Austin reached our inbox today, and this time it heralds the availability of early access to their Star Wars: The Old Republic - Galactic Starfighter expansion pack for those of you who are subscribing to the sci-fi MMORPG. The rest of you are going to have to wait until January 14th of February 4th, depending on whether you're "Preferred" or not:

Early Access to Galactic Starfighter Digital Expansion Available to Star Warsâ„¢: The Old Republicâ„¢ Subscribers Today

"Free-flight space combat is a feature the fans have been asking for, and Galactic Starfighter really delivers on that feeling of heart-pounding fast-paced dogfighting action that you expect in a Star Warsâ„¢ game."

AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The journey to become a legendary Starfighter pilot begins now! Today, BioWareâ„¢ a division of Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA), and LucasArts granted early access for current subscribers to the new Free-to-Play Star Warsâ„¢: The Old Republicâ„¢ Digital Expansion, Galactic Starfighter. The second Digital Expansion introduces 12v12 intense Player-vs-Player (PvP) free-flight dogfighting and fierce factional battles as the war between the Sith Empire and the Galactic Republic explodes into space. Players will compete and advance to earn experience, in the form of (requisition) to unlock awesome new weapons, powers and abilities to customize their ultimate Starfighter.

(We are so excited for players to experience all the incredible new content in Galactic Starfighter, while still gaining additional XP and credits to give their ground game characters a boost,) said Jeff Hickman, Vice President, General Manager of BioWare Austin. (Free-flight space combat is a feature the fans have been asking for, and Galactic Starfighter really delivers on that feeling of heart-pounding fast-paced dogfighting action that you expect in a Star Warsâ„¢ game.)

Anyone who becomes a subscriber will be able to jump right into Galactic Starfighter and become part of the factional combat and free flight PvP experience (no minimum character level requirements apply). In addition to gaining early access to Galactic Starfighter, subscribers will receive exclusive rewards, including custom paint jobs, two pilot suits and two titles ("Test Pilot" and "First Galactic Starfighter"). Preferred Status Players* will be granted access to Galactic Starfighter on January 14, before the Digital Expansion becomes available to the public beginning on February 4.

Star Wars: The Old Republic is a Free-to-Play, award-winning MMO set thousands of years before the classic Star Wars movies. Players team up with friends online to fight in heroic battles between the Republic and Empire, exploring a galaxy of vibrant planets and experiencing visceral Star Wars combat. Now players can experience the complete storylines of the eight iconic Star Wars classes, all the way to Level 50 without having to pay a monthly fee. The Free-to-Play option complements the existing subscription offering, providing greater flexibility in how to experience Star Wars: The Old Republic.

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* Players gain Preferred Status by purchasing anything from the online store Former Subscribers are automatically Preferred Status players. To qualify, a player must gain Preferred Status between January 14, 2014 and February 3, 2014 (Prior to the official public launch on February 4, 2014). The offer ends February 3, 2014 at 11:59PM PST / February 4, 2014, 7:59AM GMT.

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