Update: Stephen Reid (Sr. CM for SWTOR) confirmed you won’t need the Origin client. That means you’re free to buy a physical of digital copy of SWTOR without the worries of the Origin predicament I thought I would be in. I’m still stuck with two Origin accounts, though.
This entry needs one of those “Epic Fail” labels.
I finally pre-ordered SWTOR the other day and in the process made quite an annoying mistake. I’ve had the same EA account since EA accounts were first instituted. This is the same EA account I use for all my Battlefield, Dragon Age, and, well, all games from EA. Back then, and I’m talking a decade here at least, I had a different email address. I actually have four emails, but don’t we all? Well, that’s the reason I’m in this predicament.
Using my normal EA account, which is now an Origin account, I pre-ordered the Digital Standard Edition of SWTOR. I sat there for 20 minutes waiting for the game to appear in the “My Games” section, but the game never appeared. I checked my email and found instructions to enter a code on the official SWTOR site to credit my SWTOR account with the Pre-order status for early access and all that crap.
It didn’t even cross my mind to think about what email I associated with my SWTOR account on the website. Turns out, the two are completely different. Why wouldn’t they be? I compartmentalize my crap these days. I have my gaming emails, my blog email, my professional email, and my old/spam email. Turns out… somehow… my SWTOR website account was also used to register an EA account.
The result of activating my pre-order key on the SWTOR website to an account with a different email was the association of my purchase to an entirely different Origin account! The fact that I bought SWTOR with what I thought was my only Origin account is a moot point. I now have a separate Origin account with only SWTOR on it.
I’m really hoping that SWTOR won’t require Origin to launch. I don’t want to have two origin accounts. I’m debating if it’s worth fighting EA’s customer service. If it wasn’t tied to a stupid website account, I doubt it would be an issue. They could just move the game from one Origin account I own to the other. But this link to a website creates all kinds of problems since I assume standard EA customer service won’t be able help.
Lesson learned. Before you pre-order SWTOR and enter the key into your SWTOR website account, verify the emails match! If not, and you’re like me with multiple EA accounts over the years, you’re going to be in for a nasty surprise.
P.S. If you were able to follow along and not be completely confused by my explanation of the mishap, you’re probably smart enough to avoid making this mistake.