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Star Wars: The Old Republic two-day grace period announced

"We've been listening," BioWare says.

BioWare has announced a two-day grace period for Star Wars: The Old Republic customers.

It is designed to placate fans who have pre-ordered the game but are concerned about getting it in time for the 20th December launch.

The grace period means everyone who pre-ordered and is in the Early Game Access program has 48 hours from launch in which to enter their product registration code, found inside the physical Standard and Collector's Editions of the game.

If you've nabbed a digital edition of the game from, your registration code will be emailed after 16th December and before 11.59pm EST 19th December.

After 12.01 EST 22nd December, you will be required to have a valid payment method and a product registration code registered to your account to continue to play.

BioWare strongly recommends you register your product code as soon as you can to ensure a seamless entry into the game, a smooth experience on the account website and to collect any special gifts and items you may be entitled to based on the version of the game you purchased.

"We understand that for some, your copy of the game may still arrive on or after 22nd December," BioWare bosses Dr. Ray Muzyka and Dr. Greg Zeschuk said on the SWTOR forum.

"Unfortunately, we cannot extend the grace period any further. We suggest you contact your retailer to discuss shipping options, if this is a concern."

The EA executives added: "We know this has been an issue for some of you, and we apologise for the concerns. We're looking forward to welcoming all of you to the official launch of Star Wars: The Old Republic!"

The 30 day game time included with the MMORPG is not affected by the grace period.

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