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.

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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.
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.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 19
Heavy Fire: Afghanistan - The Chosen Few 3D--3DS--Mastiff

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 20
Satazius--PC--Capcom
Star Wars: The Old Republic--PC--EA
Trine 2--PS3--Atlus

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 21
Trine 2--X360--Atlus

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 22
Eudemons Online: Trumpet of the Legionnaire--PC--TQ Digital Entertainment
Soccer Up!--Wii--EnjoyUP Games
Sturmwind--DC--redsportgames

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