Star Wars: The Old Republic Hits Steam With Crossplay and Cross-Save

Star Wars: The Old Republic Hits Steam With Crossplay and Cross-Save

If you're a player who's been itching to ditch Origin, it's easy to do.

Last year's Jedi: Fallen Order is still doing well on the sales charts and flight sim fans are looking forward to Squadrons this fall, but today's big Star Wars gaming news is the launch of The Old Republic on Steam. BioWare's Star Wars MMO is the latest addition in EA's gradual migration of games to Steam, and for returning players, jumping over should be a pretty smooth process.

As noted in a new post accompanying the launch, The Old Republic supports crossplay and cross-save. That means no segmenting of servers between Origin and Steam, and current players who decide to reinstall it through Steam will keep their progress.

For folks who like their Steam goodies, The Old Republic already has special trading cards, emoticons, and profile backgrounds implemented. Achievements will be added in an update later this year.

Given that The Old Republic went free-to-play not long after its highly anticipated launch fell short of making it the reigning MMO, there's a good chance that coming to the Steam catalog will give its player base a shot in the arm. It's on a decline again now, but not long after Titanfall 2 hit Steam last month, it saw a nice peak of over 13,000 active players on Valve's platform according to SteamDB.

The Old Republic's most recent expansion, Onslaught, came out in October of last year. The overall experience may be a little long in the tooth at this point, but if you're a BioWare fan and are at all curious, now's probably the best time to check it out. After all, Anthem hasn't come to Steam yet, and there's no telling if it will before or after BioWare shares more on the "substantial reinvention" it has cooking.

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