Guild testing program announced: Oceanic access possible?

In what seems like good news even from an Oceanic viewpoint, Bioware have announced a guild testing program for Star Wars: The Old Republic. Already underway, further eligible guilds have the opportunity to take part. It’s another step in the progression toward launch, and it’d be an understatement the say the announcement has garnered some attention from the SWTOR community.

The geography question has raised its ugly head again, but I think it’s worth reading the initial announcement first before getting too concerned. Here’s David Bass’ announcement:

We are very pleased to announce the start of Guild Testing for STAR WARS: The Old Republic! This program will allow guilds to be considered as a whole for inclusion in the Game Testing Program, allowing us to gather important data regarding how guilds play The Old Republic, as well as how organized groups deal with various mechanics and systems in the game. The program is already underway, as we’ve invited the first wave of guilds into testing, however we’ll be adding more over the coming weeks alongside the general Game Testing invites.

How do I sign my guild up for Guild Testing?

All you need to do in order to have your guild considered for Guild Testing is to have an active guild with at least 10 members registered in our Guild Headquarters. We also recommend creating a recruitment thread on our forums, but please make sure you are following the Recruitment Guidelines we’ve set forward. Guilds that spam recruitment messages after multiple warnings, for example, will not be considered for Guild Testing.

How are guilds selected for Guild Testing?

In general, guild testing is done randomly from all eligible guilds (that is, those with at least 10 registered members in the Guild Headquarters). Throughout the program, we will be looking to let in both large and small guilds, so as long as your guild meets the minimum requirement, you have an equal chance of being invited to testing. In addition, we may, at our discretion, choose a few select guilds that are active and helpful in the community, since we could use that sort of helpfulness in-game and on the Testing Forums. Note that this will be done in rare circumstances, in order to reward our dedicated community members. Please do not contact any BioWare staff requesting access to Guild Testing, or else your guild may be removed from consideration.

How do I know if my guild has been selected for Guild Testing?

Guild leaders will be contacted directly with detailed instructions when their guild gets selected for testing. It’ll be their job to pass the appropriate information to the rest of their guild in order for everyone to be sent testing invites.

What is involved in Guild Testing?

Guild Testing works the same way as Game Testing does, however by being invited as a guild, you gain the advantage of being in the same testing group and being on the same server, allowing for more coordination amongst the guild for testing group content. You’ll still be a part of the general Game Testing population as well, and will have access to the general testing forums as everyone else does.

Are European guilds eligible for Guild Testing?

European Guild Testing will begin at the same time the European Testing Program begins in the near future.

If you have any other questions about the program, feel free to post in this thread or email us at guilds@swtor.com. Again, please do not contact us asking for Guild Testing consideration or your guild may not be considered for testing.

My take (and it’s not one confirmed by Bioware) is that if you have an Oceanic guild of ten members registered on the official guild headquarters on a US server then you have an equal chance of being selected. There’s certainly no mention of restrictions based on pre-orders and the like so if you’re keen, you could do worse than start with our own Oceanic Guild listing.

Over to you: anyone excited about taking part?

Comments

  1. They haven’t ruled out game testing for red-zone countries, but the last we hard from Stephen Reid the decision was under consideration. I’d *guess* that any guild that contains players outside the green zone would be automatically excluded. I’d love to hear a counter-example to show this isn’t the case! One guy in my own guild (only 12 players) is already in game testing, but he’s in the US. I’m not holding my breath.

  2. Darkflare says:

    All the more reason for you and Ed to get your fingers out and join my guild haha.

    • Consider me applying whenever I roll a Sith toon: I’m starting out Republic though 😉

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