Two important news items came via the official forum today having to do with the Launch Official Forums and the Launch Install Client. In the first, Allison Berryman unveils exciting new changes to the Official Forums for the game’s release.
Quote from Allison BerrymanFirst of all, we'll have many new forums available where you can discuss all aspects of the game, from Crew Skills to PvP. The Guild Hall forums will be expanded significantly and will include new "Looking for Guild" forums, class forums will contain sub-forums for each Advanced Class, and we'll introduce a new Story and Lore forum for discussion of the game's setting and story. To encourage constructive community building, you'll also notice a "New Player Help" forum and a Community section that includes areas for regional check-ins and meetups, all kinds of fan creations and role-playing, and forums for server event organization. These are just some of the new forums we'll be introducing. We're looking forward to all the great discussion!
Another new feature we're implementing is our Community blog, which will appear at the top of www.SWTOR.com/community. We'll use this blog for important community announcements, updates, and to post articles of interest to our community members, so make sure to check it out frequently!
The launch Forums will be a fresh start: all threads, posts, and private messages will be removed and warnings and infractions on your account will be deleted. If you have any special posts or private messages that you would like to save, please do so now! When Early Game Access begins, only those who have redeemed their Pre-Order Code will be able to post on the forums, though everyone will be able to view them. Then, when the game officially launches, only those who have active game time will be permitted to post.
Due take note that if there are any posts or threads you want to keep, make sure to back them up before December 10. For those that racked up a series of infractions, it looks like you are receiving an Imperial Pardon.
In the second, Allison Berryman gives an update on the Launch Client of the game for players involved in the game testing program.
Quote from Allison BerrymanIf you participated in our Game Testing Program before November 25th, we recommend that you uninstall the game testing client (refer to instructions below) and then download and install the launch game client. We’ll update this post with more instructions when they’re available. You will need 27GB of free space to install the launch game client. The actual size of the game client is approximately 19GB (without additional languages installed).
For the full details on the Launch Client Update, visit the official forum post. On a side note, the mixup in Walmart's account system that caused a bit of grief over canceled pre-orders for Star Wars: The Old Republic is now solved.