Star Wars: The Old Republic Gets a Release Date

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The release date of the highly anticipated MMORPG Star Wars: The Old Republic has been made public. Bioware and LucasArts have confirmed the official release date for video game to be December 20 in North America and December 22 in Europe.

The release date was revealed at the Eurogamer Expo in London. BioWare co-founders Dr. Ray Muzyka and Dr. Greg Zeschuk confirmed the date, with Dr. Myzka saying "This is an incredible moment for everyone at BioWare and our partners at LucasArts who have dedicated their lives to build this extraordinary game. We appreciate the patience from the millions of fans who have been waiting for the game's release."

The scheduled release puts Star Wars: The Old Republic in perfect shape for the Christmas timeframe. We can imagine Star Wars fans playing through the days post-Christmas, prior to New Year's. It also comes just a few days after the prior Star Wars MMORPG, Star Wars Galaxies, closes.

Although a number of MMORPG games have been either announced or made a move away from subscriptions (City of Heroes, Champions Online, DC Universe Online are examples), preferring to fund themselves with in-game micro-transactions, most of those started with subscriptions fees, then removed them later. For now, Star Wars: The Old Republic will opt for a $14.99 monthly subscription, with discounts for three month ($13.99 per month) and six month ($12.99 per month) subscriptions.

In addition, as is typical with most MMORPGs, Bioware will give gamers 30 days of free subscription time along with the purchase of the game.

Those who pre-order the game will get early access to the online world, but it's unclear how early that access may be. SW: TOR is set some 3,600 years before the rise of the Empire and Darth Vader.

You can watch a cinematic trailer below. SW: TOR has a MSRP of $59.95.

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gloriad1 replied on Sun, Sep 25 2011 5:53 AM

If you're into star wars then you will not worry about the monthly subscriptions, but than again,maybe you will.

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gazd1 replied on Sun, Sep 25 2011 6:35 AM

I never did like this stars wars saga mentality, but than again maybe the darth vader fans will come out in droves to subscribe their way to victory.

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I love the idea of the game and would like to give it a try. But I have no time for MMORPGs anymore and can't afford $15 a month for a game... I would much rather see this game use the microtransactions like so many others.

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AKwyn replied on Sun, Sep 25 2011 10:06 AM

Well... Star Wars Galaxies went through it's fair share of praise, changes and loss of suscribership. So I'm guessing this sucessor to Galaxies should go by pretty well. Considering the hype for this game, what we've been shown about the game and how it just looks so much better than Galaxies.

Not to say I haven't played a bit of a trial version of Galaxies in my time; I could never really get the hang of it and well, I just didn't have any interest in playing it again. I'm not interested at the moment in MMO's so I'm not going to try the game out but I wish it well.


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fat78 replied on Sun, Sep 25 2011 10:21 AM

I cant wait to get my beta key and try this game out.

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blah310 replied on Sun, Sep 25 2011 12:56 PM

Although not the biggest fan of MMORPGs, I must say the cinematic trailers simply look epic. I wish it well and hope for its success.

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JGallant replied on Sun, Sep 25 2011 5:04 PM

I know a lot of people who are excited for this!

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akumu replied on Sun, Sep 25 2011 8:48 PM

Really disappointed that this game is coming out so late in the year, but i suppose its better than a 2012 release.

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