Star Wars: The Old Republic gets a trilogy of releases

Online game to arrive in Collector's Edition, Digital Deluxe Edition, and Standard Edition packages with preorders receiving early access, in-game items; all downloadable versions exclusive to EA's Origin store.

As Star Wars: The Old Republic nears its long-awaited release, the massively multiplayer online game is starting to hit some familiar prelaunch milestones. Today, that milestone is the rolling out of a preorder campaign and announcement of premium release bundles.

The Collector's Edition features a Darth Malgus statue.

The Old Republic will be available in standard and premium editions for both retail and downloadable stores. While the boxed copies of the game can be purchased from numerous retailers, both digital versions of The Old Republic will be exclusive to Electronic Arts' own Origin downloadable storefront.

The beefiest of the bundles will be the $150 retail Collector's Edition. That box will pack in a Gentle Giant-produced Darth Malgus statue, galaxy map, music CD, a "custom security authentication key," and a journal adding to the game's fiction, as well as eight in-game items. The premium downloadable version of the game is the $80 Digital Deluxe Edition, which includes six of the eight in-game items in the Collector's Edition.

Those who preorder the $60 standard edition of the game (available as a download or boxed copy) won't be walking away entirely empty handed. All preorders will receive early access to the game, 30 days of game time, and an in-game color stone that will let players change the hue of their lightsabers and/or blaster bolts.

Star Wars: The Old Republic is set to be released later this year. For more on the game, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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jasonzilla11
jasonzilla11

No way am I getting that, I don't care about extra statues and a couple of in-game exclusives. SWTOR is looking massive, so I think I should be fine with the plenty of items I can EARN.

Major_9000
Major_9000

I would never ever pre-order an EA game.

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

Too many complaining over the pre-order bonuses. If they don't give you anything other than a CD or DVD that will be on Youtube 1 minute after release, there's no point in even doing a pre-order. Personally, i stopped doing this process myself after Gamestop had a shipping problem with MvC3 in my area. I swear, it snows one time in Texas, and people forget how to do their friggin' jobs........

ZJohnnyZ
ZJohnnyZ

If you Pre-Ordered the LCE (Limited Collectors Edition), for $150.00 plus tax US, it should come with a rease date...

potterman201
potterman201

So I'm assuming this is a monthly price thing? If their charging 150 for special edition they chould be able to support it off that. *Sigh* sorry, I'm only complaining because I'm probably going to be horribly addicted.

Phaselinear
Phaselinear

New gaming computer, and a pre-release order for SWTOR...I'm set.

Ardus
Ardus

Sad turn of events for gaming indeed when companies are forcing players to purchase overpriced ceramic statues in order to be able to get all the items in a game.

colt_a
colt_a

The Collectors edition is pricey, but anyone who's been to the store to preorder, already knows that its Sold Out online. You have to go to a variety of different physical store locations and even then, a lot of them are sold out of it too. While I wouldn't pay 150 for it, its obviously not TOO pricey for the hardcore fans, who have already bought all of them online already.

koospetoors
koospetoors

Does it contain a copy of KOTOR 3? I'd pay $150 for that.

reign-supreme
reign-supreme

The people claiming that the CE is too pricey, no one's putting a gun to your head to buy it. If you feel it's worth it get it if not move on to the cheaper version. The beauty of freedom of choice. All these rants about milking and what not. Other CEs have been just as expensive Halo 3 CE for instance. Take for example Gears of War 3 : epic edition. Yet again you have the regular version of the game available. Different strokes for different folks.....

Kubatovic
Kubatovic

oh man, cant wait for this !

Stiler
Stiler

[QUOTE]GamerJedi29 Posted Jul 21, 2011 5:48 pm PT @Stiler Here's a suggestion. Before you give your opinion, why dont you do some research. This is very, very different form regular MMO's. Not the same old formula.[/QUOTE] Maybe you should. I've been following the game since it was announced. They touted the game as something new from other mmo's. However it's been going more and more toward your standard mmo formula theme park style mmo game, similar to WoW/EQ of play. Except with single player like companions that bioware is known for doing in their other rpgs and choices to make during quests. Read some of the beta interviews with beta testers, many of them say the same thing, "The game isn't revolutionary or new, it just does what most mmo's do and you shouldn't expect it to do anything revolutionary."

Evenios
Evenios

wow the collectors edition sold out fast on Amazon for preorders thats crazy thats faster the the Wow Catacyslm CE!!!! (unless they just had a very limited set!) thats ok i think i'll pass on the CE the normal edition seems fine for me! and kind of a bad deal that the "Soundtrack" only seems to have ONE disk. in a developer's video they said the game would have over 5 and a half hours of original music! the FULL soundtrack should have been included in the CE! :-(

DarthVeng_basic
DarthVeng_basic

And so Bioware starts the milking to death of TOR. @Crimson_Erskine : With your attitude I'm glad you aren't on the staff of our country, you'd put us further in debt since "toss around money that $160 is nothing". I'd hate to see your savings account....

tachsniper
tachsniper

I will end up buying this game. However i feel a pre order and a CE without a definitive release date is kinda shady. *dusts off his 1999 DNF pre order receipt* Ya know fool me once...

BloodMist
BloodMist

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Crimson_Erskine
Crimson_Erskine

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BloodMist
BloodMist

Ahh they went with the throwing in a statue so they can jack up the price to astronomical levels while everything else is lame route, did they?Yeah no thanks.All the digital items in the slightly more expensive version just scream class, too.

Mar044
Mar044

at least they added all voice action for a MMORPG, art looks great, i will be playing the game but i already have pre orders on 2 or more games...speaking of it i got to go see if a collectors of elder scrolls is out yet

CarlitosWay
CarlitosWay

Not related to this article directly, but you all see how bad ass the Box art is? Its so retro KOTOR. Destroys any art from the original SW trilogy thats for sure.

GarGx1
GarGx1

i'll stick to the vanilla edition, not into paying over the odds for a game but those that do go for it, i hope you enjoy your big box......I miss games coming in big boxes but then again i'd have needed to have found somwhere else for all my junk coz the loft (attic) would be full of game boxes by now sorry that was a bit random :)

Russianman72685
Russianman72685

Ok there is no way any other game is going to even touch this game! 200 hours of bioware content is AMAZING!!!! If you like Star Wars, RPGS, Or MMO's this is a must buy! If you don't like any of those what are you doing on this site?! SWTOR IS GOING TO BE EPIC!!!!!

popki
popki

Personally, no way I'm going for the CE, because I don't really care about statues/figures. But anyone suggesting this is price gouging should check out Gentle Giant first. They do super high quality - i.e., expensive - busts and statues and such. Selfishly, I wish they included something other than the statue because I like my fruity in-game MMO items, but I would have to think that people who DO like statues and figures think this is a great deal considering the manufacturer.

Snaptrap
Snaptrap

@tachsniper They wouldn't make such a announcement if the game wasn't almost completed. Besides, if they need to fix anything they can make updates, which is common with MMO's.

GamerJedi29
GamerJedi29

@Stiler Here's a suggestion. Before you give your opinion, why dont you do some research. This is very, very different form regular MMO's. Not the same old formula.

styymy
styymy

@tachsniper pre-order for all editions is only $5?

GamerJedi29
GamerJedi29

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tachsniper
tachsniper

All of you are gobbling up the CE and such, now watch they delay it to 2012, then 2013. and i will laugh my spheres off.

ferretlord2177
ferretlord2177

i wish there was kotor 3 instead. nothing wrong with MMOs i just prefer playing RPGs on my own. plus i'd rather spend 15$ a month on retro/last gen games. maybe thats me being greedy idk. i might check it out if it eventually goes free 2 play ' hopefully not pay to win' ...i miss the jedi knight series. i know it had five games but its time for a sequel. forced unleashed is just not the same.

simon1812
simon1812

it is all about money for u isnt it EA? hm? any who Ill try the trial feature, if I like it Ill buy the full thing.

Stiler
Stiler

Give it a few months post-release. The CE's will be on store shelves at discounted prices like almost any other CE version of the game. Look at Age of Conan, Warhammer, etc. CE's sold out, but months down the road the stores were begging people to take more stock off their hands I really don't see how this isn't price gouging to the highest degree, really. A statue that will collect dust for most people, then mostly in-game goodies. For over 150 bucks? I have a feeling a lot of people who are so excited for this game will be disappointed. Just like with Aion, Rift, etc. This is NOT the game that will tackle WoW or anything, mainly because it's nothing really different. it's more of the same old mmo formula, but with Star Wars skins and quests. I know I'll get thumbed own for this, because anyone who doesn't praise the game in the comment section does, but it's just my opinion.

GodGundamNT1
GodGundamNT1

And I am not wasting my money on this MMORPG crap, what the hell Lucasarts we want a Star Wars FPS or a sequel to Republic Commando or better yet Bioware we want Knights of the Old Republic RPG not this MMO crap.

Catholic111111
Catholic111111

@DragonRift: The reason the statue causes the spike in price is due to the fact Gentle Giant statues normally retail in the 200 plus range for a 12-inch statue. It isn't some crappy, low-quality throw-away item, it most likely will be a legitimate collector's item. Their is a reason for sticker shock at 150, but the price is justified in this case.

DragonRift
DragonRift

Nothing against the collector's editions themselves. I love 'em too! But these $150 price-marks are a tad ridiculous. Being that the deluxe version is $80, how is adding that one statue justify nearly doubling the price of that? Remember when CEs like this were $100? I'd love to buy this version, but the price is causing me to have second thoughts. :|

eyeball2452
eyeball2452

@floydshayvious, I agree. I've been waiting for that "You need to get this now!" announcement and I haven't seen it yet. At least the TOR developers aren't describing their game in terms of WoW anymore. That's at least a step in the right direction ... I guess.

fredwv
fredwv

Please live up to the hype. I want a decent WoW alternative. Been waiting for years...

smoman5000
smoman5000

Cool, i like that CE. Cant wait for a release date!

Infinity_Gauntl
Infinity_Gauntl

OMG you know whats so great about this....NOTHING!!!!

Infinity_Gauntl
Infinity_Gauntl

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nickery123
nickery123

@James00715 WoW is not, in actuality on one DVD rom in fact the reason why it takes so long to reinstall WoW not to mention Burning Crusade and Lich King is because you actually have to download all the data off the internet. If it were all local it would be over in say....20 min per disc? Instead its like 50 min per disc and dont get me started on the mountain of patches. In fact this game makes WoW plus all *3* expansion packs look pretty small from what weve seen, not to mention cut scenes and the billion hours of dialogue I think they would take two blu ray discs up. You probably dont remember the days of SW KOTOR anyway where quite a few games took 4 discs.

nickery123
nickery123

@filmboy85 they have look at the SWTOR website or gamestop and they're pretty low requirements in actuality and to say you need to upgrade means you must have a pretty damn slow build

Triton
Triton

Drop the dolly and the price of it out and I may purchase it. Just not needed.

MERGATROYDER
MERGATROYDER

Cool? Free-to-Play would be cooler. ;) ;)

Snaptrap
Snaptrap

@tachsniper No one is forcing people to buy it, but EA know people will because it's Star Wars. The game was probably triple the cost to develop when compared to Rift. Hey, Flyff is for free why isn't Rift? Besides, TOR is likely more than a WoW clone with just better visuals.

GamerJedi29
GamerJedi29

@Breyant Im going to guess the release date will come within the next days at comic-con or at gamescon next month.