Shippin' Out Dec. 18-24: Star Wars: The Old Republic

BioWare's first foray into the MMO space finally hits the market after years of development; sequel to indie hit Trine comes to consoles.

While Star Wars: The Old Republic isn't the only new release hitting shelves this week, the BioWare-developed massively multiplayer online game is casting a large shadow over a short list of launches.

Adventure. Excitement. A Jedi craves not these things. A gamer, however, craves these things very much.

Star Wars: The Old Republic arrives this week as the second massively multiplayer online game to be based on George Lucas' sci-fi universe. The game garnered more than 2 million players during its beta period and reached 750,000 simultaneous players over the US Thanksgiving holiday. The servers have been up and running since last week for preorder customers, but the game will welcome its official launch on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Trine 2 hits the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 this week and puts players in control of a wizard, a knight, and a thief as they make their way through side-scrolling worlds. Playable by up to three players online or offline, the game features levels designed to make use of each character's unique abilities. While the knight can handle melee combat with ease, the wizard can magically create platforms and boxes for the characters to climb on, and the rogue can swing across the screen and shoot arrows to take down distant enemies.

For further details, visit GameSpot's New Releases page. The full list of downloadable games on the PlayStation Store, Xbox Live Marketplace, and Wii Shop Channel will be revealed later this week. Release dates are based on retailer listings and are subject to change.

Heavy Fire: Afghanistan - The Chosen Few 3D--3DS--Mastiff

Star Wars: The Old Republic--PC--EA
Trine 2--PS3--Atlus

Trine 2--X360--Atlus

Eudemons Online: Trumpet of the Legionnaire--PC--TQ Digital Entertainment
Soccer Up!--Wii--EnjoyUP Games

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Wow, that's a surprisingly dull line-up there. Star Wars and Trine 2 are possibly the saving grace !!!


*Impatiently taps keyboard* How about a release date for OR for the rest of the world cause the world isn't just the US and Europe... Worldwide launch my boot...


Awesome! I had been waiting for Trine 2 for some time now.


You know, as I was waiting for the game to finish downloading, I was worried because of all the cries on the forums about the queue's.. Well I found that there are plenty of servers without queue, and I'm having a great time with the game. If there's one thing I've learned the last several years, with all the new mmo's, its to stay away from the forums. I will from now on, because people just cry about everything.


Yea, can't wet to get my hands on my giant CE box. I have been pleasantly pleased with it so far. Deff worth someones time and money to try it!


I have been drooling over Old Republic since the first rumours about Lucasarts and BioWare teaming up for an MMORPG. It's hard to believe it's finally launch week! I've been playing the early access and do you know what the most remarkable thing about it is? It actually lives up to it's expectations! :O