The Star Wars: The Old Republic beta that was scheduled for this weekend has been cancelled. While BioWare originally said that SW: TOR would see beta testing weekends in September, community manager Stephen Reid has said that he can't guarantee “further beta testing weekends during September.”
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“The weekend that just finished was really our first dry run of beta testing weekends as a whole, and we have plenty of data to crunch, and decisions to make before we start things up again,” he said on the Star Wars: The Old Republic forums. "Further to that, we are about to roll out a major new build for The Old Republic. That build won’t be ready for this weekend. Just as we did not feel it was a good decision to ask potential EU testers to download our client only to have to download it again, the same applies for this weekend.”
Reid went on to mention that BioWare needs some additional feedback from internal testing before rolling the beta out to a massive audience. “That process takes a while, and that time varies depending on how testing goes,” said Reid. “We rolled out this previous weekend as a relatively small scale event; from now we will do bigger and bigger events, but that doesn’t mean it happens every weekend. When we do resume, we’ll be inviting many more people in.”
So, if you were planning to play some SW: TOR this weekend you're going to have to find some new plans. If you're wondering how to get in to the beta, Reid also mentioned that BioWare is preparing a comprehensive FAQ regarding Game Testing Weekends as a whole on the SW: TOR forums, so that should clear everything up for you.
But I do have some good news for you. EA said yesterday that they still plan to release the game this year, and that they are hoping to finally give us a release date next month.
Were you planning to check out the SW: TOR beta this weekend?