Star Wars The Old Republic to launch December 20

Star Wars The Old Republic, the long awaited massively multiplayer PC game, finally has a firm launch date. The game's official web site has confirmed that it will launch in the US on December 20 with Europeans getting access to the game on December 22. In addition, the site confirmed that the game will come with 30 days of free online time. Star Wars The Old Republic will have a $14.99 fee for one month of access after the free period is over. Gamers can also purchase three months of game time with a one time fee of $41.97 and six months of game time can purchased for $77.94.

First announced in 2008, the game from developer BioWare is set thousands of years before the events of the Star Wars movies. BioWare has said it wants to give the game a better sense of storytelling than in previous MMO games. One big feature is that all of the game's NPCs have audio responses rather than just text conversations. Besides adventures and combat on a number of planets both old and new in the Star Wars universe, the game will also have space combat that's handled as rail shooter-like mini-games.

Publisher Electronic Arts has already announced that pre-orders for Star Wars The Old Republic have exceeded previous records at the company although it has not given out any specific sales numbers. However, EA has also said that it plans to limit pre-orders for the game, both physical and digital, in order to ensure a smooth launch for The Old Republic. EA has given no indication on exactly how many copies of Star Wars The Old Republic will be sold before the initial limit is hit.

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WTF I just checked on Origin to see if I was dreaming when I checked the prices and I noticed that there is a £5 fee for pre-ordering the game.
Are EA just trying to screw with gamers, tell them there is a limited number available and then charge them extra to pre-order Holy hell EA, why couldn't someone else have released this game

Ruran said,
I want to preorder, but i've heard bad things about the game so far. I'm torn...

Like what? I've only heard and seen good things

Munroe said,

Like what? I've only heard and seen good things

I can't think of anything specific. From what i've heard from a few beta testers the game needs some work that 3 months can't fix.

Lexcyn said,
Wow that is expensive per month.

if you hear about a pay to play mmo, then you will know it will be probably $15 montly fee.
but then you see how some become fp2 because only few games can keep charging that.

Skittlebrau said,

It's the standard fee for MMOs.


Are you sure? I pay barely $20 more for a yearly subscription to one MMO than it costs for the 6 month sub for this and I've never paid more than $10 for a monthly sub
I guess I should play more mmo's (any excuse )
I've been avoiding this so far because the cost for the game digital download I thought was expensive, but to me this kinda confirms it

a MMO? whats that? oh wait...
at least they don't charge for buying the game like other P2P mmos.

it doesn't look bad anyway, but I would rather wait for The exiled realm of arborea, or Guildwars 2 which will have the same model than GW1.. you buy the game and no montly fee.
or start playing Aion again... or wait for blade and soul.

i guess... i just have never liked Star Wars much xD but the game doesn't look bad

EmilyTheStrange said,
a MMO? whats that? oh wait...
at least they don't charge for buying the game like other P2P mmos.

it doesn't look bad anyway, but I would rather wait for The exiled realm of arborea, or Guildwars 2 which will have the same model than GW1.. you buy the game and no montly fee.
or start playing Aion again... or wait for blade and soul.

i guess... i just have never liked Star Wars much xD but the game doesn't look bad

You still have to pay for the game, it just comes with 30 days of game time and then you pay for a monthly subscription

Munroe said,

You still have to pay for the game, it just comes with 30 days of game time and then you pay for a monthly subscription


which game are you referring to ? he mentioned 5 in his post.

Munroe said,

You still have to pay for the game, it just comes with 30 days of game time and then you pay for a monthly subscription

thats exactly what i mean... you pay a montly fee! but they aren't charging the game. some games charge the game even if you digitally download it, some charge box and digital download is like paying the first month...

in Aion you have to pay $30 for the game... just with $15 monthly fee. that means... yeah you pay for the game

in Tera is suppose to be, you pay only montly fee not the game. but that hasn't been said. so i cant be sure

probably blade and soul since its from Ncsoft, will be the same $30 or 60 or whatever game, 1 or 2 months and then you start $15 monthly.

when there was Tabula Rasa, ncsoft also charged for the game. and then montly fee

same with Final Fantasy Online, i just checked and its $30 game and it says $12.99/30 days subscription... and this game is pretty bad.

and i know about some other games which had this model but now they are free to play or others just charge if you buy it boxed but digitally you only pay what you would pay for the montly fee.

when games can be famous and they are P2P usually they try to do this tactics to get more money lol so even though its star wars they at least aren't charging any extra for the game.

oh and in WoW, don't you have to buy the expansions but still pay 15 month? well im not sure about this


Edited by lalalalalalalala, Sep 24 2011, 2:53pm :

EmilyTheStrange said,
a MMO? whats that? oh wait...
at least they don't charge for buying the game like other P2P mmos.

it doesn't look bad anyway, but I would rather wait for The exiled realm of arborea, or Guildwars 2 which will have the same model than GW1.. you buy the game and no montly fee.
or start playing Aion again... or wait for blade and soul.

i guess... i just have never liked Star Wars much xD but the game doesn't look bad

You'll be waiting a while for gw2. As arenanet apparently would rather go to every con they can and just listen to themselves talk instead of actually getting things done and delivering a game.

Blackhearted said,
You'll be waiting a while for gw2. As arenanet apparently would rather go to every con they can and just listen to themselves talk instead of actually getting things done and delivering a game.

at least i can preorder the game.

nah, but seriously.. its an online game, its not like they can have done the game in 3 days. i dont expect it to come next week but it will be nice when its finally released. and you cant complain about GW1 which is a really good game. and it doesn't have montly fee.

if you see, even Tera you cant complain about. Aion got NA versión almost 1 year after SK release.

same with Blade and Soul, it will be probably playable in 2013 but it takes time to develop the kind of game they want.

of course it sucks compared to non-online games. specially big titles from a big company like Ncsoft.
but its not like i will die waiting, and GW 1 is amazing. since i couldn't keep paying Aion xD and private servers are boring, specially when you cant play for somedays and when you see they deleted your char