After the Star Wars: The Old Republic Official Website came back from what appeared to be routine maintenance, fans were greeted with a new Guild Headquarters page under the Community tab and a new Game Systems page. In it you can create your own guild, which will have the ability to be transported right into the game at release. Or if you want to join an already existing guild, you may do so by searching guild names or member names, while having several different filters at your availability.
UPDATE: We received many inquiries regarding the details of Darth Hater's official guild and its status. Please note anything in the Guild Headquarters area should be considered placeholder and not representative of our guild in any shape or form. Darth Hater's official guild is indeed Sith focused and we will have a Republic outlet. We will make an announcement with details soon
Check the jump more details on guild creation, guild system, and for the Official DevTracker Post. Hat tip to Chrohno and Mentok on the heads up.
Creating your own guild involves first picking your allegiance of either Sith or Republic. PvP, PvE, and RP are all play styles from which you can select, from which you can select only one. You can choose English, French, German, or other for you guild language and assign it to either US East (Eastern Standard Time) time, US West (Pacific Standard Time), or Europe GMT. From there, select a suitable guild name and you are ready to add your guild to Star Wars: The Old Republic.
If you are interested in joining an existing guild, there are quick links at your disposal. Clicking on Republic, Empire, PvP, PvE, or RP will give you a filtered list. If you wish to narrow your search down, BioWare has made it possible to refine your search down to time zone, play style, allegiance or language. Before applying, make sure to fill in your Guild Application fields.
Perhaps lost in the shuffle for some SW:TOR fans in the hustle and bustle of the new Guild Headquarters launch yesterday, was the Guilds Game System page release under the Game Systems tab of the official site.
The page serves as a promotion to why you would want to join a guild and gives some examples:
Adventuring: Guild members generally join together to tackle group quests, Flashpoints, and raids. It helps to know your teammates in those big battles that require complex tactics.
Socializing: Guild chat gives you and your friends a private channel for communication, creating a lively in-game atmosphere as you play.
Getting Guidance: Being in a guild gives you access to a community of friends in game who can quickly answer your questions and help you make decisions as your character develops.
Competing: By working together, guildmates can become powerful teams in player versus player combat.
Earning Credits: Guildmates can coordinate to cover different crew skills, allowing guilds to maximize their knowledge and production.
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Today, we're excited to announce the launch of the new Guild Headquarters (HQ) as well as the Pre-Launch Guild Program. Many members of the community have already been organizing guilds on the forums, and we're now happy to provide the tools to officially register and reserve your guild's name. In this new section of the website, you can search for an existing guild to join or you can create a new guild and begin recruiting members. When Star Wars: The Old Republic launches, you may be able to import your guild directly into the game, subject to availability and meeting certain criteria*.
Every guild gets its own guild mini-site on www.StarWarsTheOldRepublic.com, complete with information about the guild, its recruitment status, and its own public and private forums. Create or join a guild now and you'll have the opportunity to have your own space to socialize and organize before the game launches. Every guild is automatically entered into the searchable guild database, which makes it easy for players to find their ideal guild. Get your guild together early and get ready for The Old Republic!
To learn more about guilds in The Old Republic, check out the Guilds Game System page for details, and to search for or join a guild, visit the Guild HQ now! Also be sure to visit the Guilds FAQ for answers to commonly asked questions.
*Conditions and restrictions apply. See Guilds FAQ for full details.
To report bugs, please use this thread in the Website Feedback and Support forum. Please note that some words and phrases, particularly some relating directly to Star Wars, are restricted. If you feel your desired guild name is restricted in error, please contact us using the site support form.