Star Wars: The Old Republic debuts December 20

BioWare-developed MMORPG hits North America first with European launch to follow December 22 as EA sticks to 2011 launch window.

Sony Online Entertainment's Star Wars: Galaxies officially shuts down December 15, but fans won't have to go without a massively multiplayer online role-playing game set in George Lucas' sci-fi universe for long.

Gamers can look forward to a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.

Electronic Arts today confirmed that the BioWare-developed MMORPG Star Wars: The Old Republic will launch December 20 in North America, and December 22 in Europe. Since June, the publisher has been proclaiming a general 2011 release window for the game.

The publisher has said it will limit the number of Star Wars: The Old Republic copies that will be available at launch through both retail and digital channels to ensure server stability. While EA has already established what the exact number of copies sold will be, it will not be announcing that figure. If and when that sales figure is reached, the publisher plans to cease digital sales through its Origin downloadable storefront while it expands server capacity.

Electronic Arts said in February that The Old Republic would be "substantially profitable" with just 500,000 subscribers, with anything above 1 million monthly users making the game "very profitable." Analysts have pegged the game's opening sales at anywhere from 1 million to 3 million units.

For more on Star Wars: The Old Republic, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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sofro94
sofro94

Woa, great, we'll have it by the end of this year. The wait is over at last....and by Christmas as well. Yeah!

CarlitosWay
CarlitosWay

Has anyone seen the recent issue with the emails? Anyone on here, with an account on swtor.com get the emails from Bioware? I know i did and it scared the crap out of me.

kiopta1
kiopta1

-from The Doctors @ Bioware- Now that a date has been announced you might be wondering what comes after the MMO-RPG launch on December 20th. With the high demand for the game, Dr. Ray Muzyka and Dr. Greg Zeschuk have been asked about bandwidth and whether there will be limits set in place for initial sales. "You have to build the infrastructure to support a certain size launch and we're also thinking really long term at Bioware EA for this, there are going to be many, many consumers coming to the game over time and we're going to be expanding it out." Muzyka told joystiq.com Muzyka continues, "We have a really aggressive plan post launch to build content and take the feedback to heart that we're getting from players and what they want for continued expansions, and use that feedback to build new content."

rhymesmatter
rhymesmatter

Man i hope they make the early access at least 3 days or so.Wouldn't be lame to just have a single day as a bonus after having pre-ordered the game?Don't get me wrong i am not greedy but a single day would be kind of a lame joke

monktheking
monktheking

@darkdayze That is the best news i've heard all day! ! Definitely picking this up! It'spretty damn awesome you can solo this sucker to the end.

rahl247
rahl247

CarlitosWay ahh must have misread someones post a few weeks ago or so. read it was ony friends and family beta and they canceled the weekend beta due to not being ready or something.

nanagasm
nanagasm

Dec 20 is smack-dab in the middle of the holidays. I can already envision everyone off, stoked and excited to play and the servers are lagged or crash with the usual MMO launch joys. For the sake of the devs, they need to make this a smooth start. If this is a cash grab to get the christmas buck it's going to spin into some nasty backlash.

CarlitosWay
CarlitosWay

@BigBossWato My suggestion is this my friend. Buy the came (whenever you can) and play it for the free month that comes with it. If after that month, you feel it is worth your money to continue playing, then buy game cards or subscribe. If not, then you can just have the game sitting there, till you think its time to play it. It comes with one month free, so its worth a try. But as many have said before, it will more than likely never go F2P.

BigBossWato
BigBossWato

I bet this is the reason diablo 3 was pushed back. I would love to play SW:TOR but i really never played any MMO's before maybe I'll Wait until it Goes free To play that is if it ever does.

MXVIII
MXVIII

@Scourgejoe Yes but you dont need origin to play the actual game, its going to use its own client. If you download it from origin, it will launch the game in its own client, just like Tropico 4 does when you download it from steam. The people who just buy the box will just launch the client and wont ever see the origin service at all

Scourgejoe
Scourgejoe

@fa11en1134 Just so we're clear on this, I've been gaming on the PC (and its predecessors) since the days of NukeWar on the TRS-80, when it took 20 minutes to load the game via cassette drive. (And, yes, we had to walk 20 miles to school in the snow, too.) I own and enjoy the major consoles as well, but PC gaming remains my first love; it's a fickle and expensive mistress, but I keep coming back to it in the end. I like Zloth2's original statement because it's inherently ironic. (They do teach all you kids what irony is in English Lit class these days, right?) For those of you just tuning in, here's the quote we're referring to: "P.S. Thank goodness PC gaming is dead. I can't imagine trying to keep up with it if it was alive."

Scourgejoe
Scourgejoe

I have the Origin client installed on my PC, and after I pre-ordered the boxed version, the game now shows up in Origin as "unreleased" under the "My Games" tab. Based on this, I presume we have the option of installing the game from disc and/or installing it via digital download via Origin.

Kayweg
Kayweg

Right, Dec. 20th.....I'll still be up to my neck into Skyrim. TOR will go onto the backburner...for a while at least. And by the time i get there, there'll be plenty of reviews and feedback from you lot ;) Hopefully it'll be as good as anticipated.....enjoy !

Marka1700
Marka1700

Which will probably be in a similar window as the Wow 4.3 patch. Maybe not such a good idea.

mrzero1982pt2
mrzero1982pt2

a day before my birthday. my computer may not run it properly, but hey, it is something i will get in hopes of buying a new computer next year!

MoreThot
MoreThot

LOL PC gaming is not dead nor will it be close to dead... Consoles are close to coming to the end of their capabilities, while PC's have and still are improving in every aspect. As a matter of fact its the PC users that made the way for console gamers in the first place as well as being able to create mods on a lot of games that you simply can not do or probably will ever be able to do on consoles. PC is the best, consoles are the poster child for gaming.

darkdayze
darkdayze

One more thing. For people who wanted KOTOR 3, this is 1-6? I think, combined and you can play it just like the game as if you were sitting in front of your console. The story will continue about Revan, so you'll have KOTOR in there as well. This has got to be awsome! You have 8 unique storylines as well. You play one class, get one story. You play another class, you get another story. And your story changes if you choose light or darkside. It's like buying approximately 16 games in one.

CarlitosWay
CarlitosWay

@rahl247 The official beta started months ago, and the subsequent weekend betas started on the first weekend of September.

darkdayze
darkdayze

@ monktheking Well good news for you my friend. You can solo the WHOLE thing from start of level 1 all the way to level 50. You can bring your companion with you to do your "elite" content with you. How cool is that?

ericstifer
ericstifer

looks like ima have to preorder this too

rahl247
rahl247

news flash the beta has not started yet

MXVIII
MXVIII

@atopp399 No you dont need origin to play the game, it runs off its own client. origin is just the only digital retailer for the product.

CarlitosWay
CarlitosWay

@atopp399 till now, i have yet to hear anything as far as that goes. I would hope not, since MMOs generally have their own way of monitoring accounts.

MXVIII
MXVIII

@jmewhyte Guild Wars 2 doesnt even have a release window.

fa11en1134
fa11en1134

@Scourgejoe @ Zloth2 not sure if you two were joking or being sarcastic... but PC gaming isnt dead. its actually more prosperous than the consoles. not my opinion but actual fact based on numbers. and before you start trolling me, try using that thing called google and educate yourself

jmewhyte
jmewhyte

TOO SOOOOON. rushed out before guild wars 2 sweeps up the entire WOW crowd?

jablob22
jablob22

Kooken... Since they announced the game like four years ago, they haven't told you anything for the simple reason that they didn't want/need to. It is going to bring so many new elements to the MMO world, it'll make your head spin. If they leeked stuff like warhammer did, WOW would scoop it up and put it in there game and make the new release obsolete. Don't be so near sighted. Real MMO fans and Star Wars junkies will be able to play origional ideas and contect for at least the next decade without getting bored or becoming disappointed.

atopp399
atopp399

Do you have to install Origin to play this game if you buy the boxed version?

Chiyo18
Chiyo18

i can't stand playing mmo's. they're just not my thing... but i fully admit that i REALLY want this game. i love star wars, and i loved the kotor games on xbox. i highly doubt though that my pc would be able to handle this :(

Kooken58
Kooken58

other than the fact that its set in the star wars universe, it looks like it has nothing unique about it at all...same old instanced pve, same old FPS style BGs that get old very fast...looks boring. Ill wait til gw2 comes out, thats the game that looks like a breath of fresh air when it comes to MMOs.

coryblaze
coryblaze

So excited... been waiting forever, as we all have. Just all of what they offer is amazing. Story, creation, team members, range... AWWW it is going to be epic!

Scourgejoe
Scourgejoe

@ Zloth2 "P.S. Thank goodness PC gaming is dead. I can't imagine trying to keep up with it if it was alive." I am so stealing that quote. :-)

YummyMango
YummyMango

Early Access - Well as far as I know (people talking) few days at most or may be like 1 day early. About game, the latest video really shines. I dont consider graphics a big thing in a game specially MMORPG but man they look really sharp at this moment. Frankly I am not a SW fan buy but I do need some nice MMORPG to start after quitting wow (and rift). Already pre-ordered but we will see how the final game/content is. I am not going to rate the game 5 stars just by looking at the videos. For an MMORPG (these days), we need loads of good end game content. I think at the end of day time will tell. I have faith in Bioware. I think they will deliver a good product.

Scourgejoe
Scourgejoe

@gun_blade25 I take it you've never seen Maria, the fembot from Fritz Lang's 1927 movie "Metropolis"? Supposedly, George Lucas based C-3P0's appearance on Maria's, so a female version would be in keeping with the original inspiration.

monktheking
monktheking

Just please make it possible to reach the end-game as a solo player. Is that too much to ask? I unfortunately do not have the time nor the desire to adventure with real-life people - but at the same time i want to play this game. Come on Bioware, make this bad boy solo-friendly!

JthRedDragon
JthRedDragon

Ok, first of all, before anything else is even mentioned, Its Bioware. I mean how many awesome titles have they released over the years. I just think its funny so many people are already labeling this a fail, when its a Star Wars game by Bioware. That alone before anything else makes me think it at least has a shot of being a winner.

masterchief80
masterchief80

YAWN...call me when the next KOTOR comes out.

Dingalingaling
Dingalingaling

@ricopogimo Not entirely certain you noticed, but half the classes have nothing to do with Jedi whatsoever. Seriously. The most interesting class to me is the Smuggler, which does not involve any saber-waving or other magic stupidity.

atopp399
atopp399

I see a lot of hype about this game but I also hear a lot of stories about negative reviews that have gotten obliterated and a lot of beta players who do not think the game is going to do well. I think I will wait a couple months before diving into this one.

rhymesmatter
rhymesmatter

ok so for those that have PRE ordered and will have early access when will we be able to play the game??

ricopogimo
ricopogimo

Am so tired of Jedi, can lucas arts please think of a better story or a new franchise. I think I outgrew light sabers already its totally milked that milk actually comes off the sabers instead of light because I dont see light at the end of the tunnel for Jedis and Sht err Siths unless theres a reboot version of Episode 4 - 6 in the cinemas.

fa11en1134
fa11en1134

a lot of trolls posting on here... if you dont like or are not interested in the game, why you coming here to, first, look at or read the article and secondly, take the time to post on the topic...

AzatiS
AzatiS

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slappylad
slappylad

SW:TOR is going to be an interesting release. I dont mind them limiting how many can access the environment at the beginning, as it allows the EA/Bioware the ability to properly play and server balance. Its going to be an amazing xmas weekend indeed.

CarlitosWay
CarlitosWay

@Azatis I get offended when the guy telling me to "respect others opinions" is out looking for mine, and telling me its invalid. Its called hypocrisy. Born_lucky did NOT state an opinion. If all he said was "I think DA was garbage" i wouldnt have even commented. But he says "everyone" did not like DA. Did you like DA Azatis? Can this man vouch for your opinion? Your defending the man JUST because i questioned something he said. What are you, his mom now? I asked him 2 questions. Thats it. Im here actually defending OTHER people's opinions, and here telling me i dont like my own games? This isnt a game, jack.

AzatiS
AzatiS

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fadersdream
fadersdream

everytime I see that image I think it's Magneto.

CarlitosWay
CarlitosWay

@Azatis So you think that the issue here is the fact that TOR fans dont like hearing GW2 bull, instead of people coming here and blurting crap? I wonder, why was i attacked on GW2 posts for doing the same thing these people are? Why are you questioning me about "respecting opinions"? I ASKED Born_Lucky a question. Look at his post. He says "DA was not a fun game - and everyone knows it." Thats claiming an opinion for other people. Why do you defend him? Because he hates TOR? He claimed a generalization, and ALL i did was ask 2 questions. You apparently have an issue reading through other the full posts. Read everything again, before you start crap.

reptar707
reptar707

finally a release date! thank the lord.

nemesi609
nemesi609

all i wanted was kotor 3, was that so much to ask?