Star Wars: The Old Republic

PC / RPG / Release: Dec 20, 2011 / ESRB: RP

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Star Wars: The Old Republic Collector's Edition unboxed

Star Wars: The Old Republic Collector's Edition unboxed

The Old Republic is coming mere days before Christmas and on first night of Hanukkah, so chances are pretty good you Star Wars fans will be unwrapping a big box of Jedi this holiday season. Just in case you want to watch your gift get unwrapped before you get a chance to do it yourself, EA has released a new unboxing video for the Collector's Edition of the game.

Watch: Shiny Star Wars bonuses »

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Star Wars: The Old Republic early access detailed

Star Wars: The Old Republic early access detailed

Now that Star Wars: The Old Republic has a release date, those who have pre-ordered the game might wonder when they're getting their promised early access to the game. Now BioWare has shed a little more light on how the first-come, first-served access will work.

Read more: Staggered early access separated by 'days, not weeks' »

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The Old Republic adheres to different 'standard' than F2P MMOs

The Old Republic adheres to different 'standard' than F2P MMOs

BioWare's long-awaited MMO Star Wars: The Old Republic finally has a solid release date of December 20, but you won't necessarily get in on that day. The developer has talked about staggering the release, even of online orders, to assure the servers don't get overcrowded.

Now as the game prepares to launch, BioWare heads Dr. Ray Muzyka and Dr. Greg Zeschuk are explaining that decision, and sharing thoughts on the increasing popularity of free-to-play games.

Read more: How to make a game 'nice' and 'smooth' »

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Star Wars: The Old Republic launches Dec. 20

Star Wars: The Old Republic launches Dec. 20

Star Wars: The Old Republic will be arriving in 2011... just barely. The hotly anticipated MMO will launch in North America on December 20th, with a European launch following on December 22nd.

"We appreciate the patience of the millions of fans who have been waiting for the game’s release," Dr. Greg Zeschuk, co-founder of BioWare, told audiences at Eurogamer Expo today. "When we launch this groundbreaking MMO with world class storytelling this holiday season, we hope you will agree that it was worth the wait."

Read more: How much will it cost? »

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BioWare talks Old Republic polish, beta testing

BioWare talks Old Republic polish, beta testing

Star Wars: The Old Republic still doesn't have a solid release date, but it must be getting closer to completion. BioWare is talking about the finishing stages, from polish and tutorials to feedback from its closed beta test. In a new interview, project lead James Ohlen shares the studio's focus as the game makes its last lap before the finish line.

Read more: 'Polishing, tutorials, and teaching new players' »

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Star Wars: The Old Republic might not release until 2012

Star Wars: The Old Republic might not release until 2012

BioWare and Electronic Arts have both been very careful not to talk too specifically about the release date of their highly-anticipated MMO, Star Wars: The Old Republic. However, in a recent investor update by EA CFO Eric Brown, he said that a firm release date was unlikely to be revealed before the end of October.

Read more: Possible 2012 release for SWTOR »

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Star Wars: The Old Republic getting same-sex romances post-launch

Star Wars: The Old Republic getting same-sex romances post-launch

Though Star Wars: The Old Republic has wooing, romance, and all that soppy stuff one would expect from a BioWare game, the developer had so far said that the MMORPG would only allow coupling with NPCs of the opposite sex, not same-sex pairings. Delightfully, it's now changed its mind, announcing that same-sex romance will be added post-launch.

Read more: BioWare's official statement»

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Star Wars: The Old Republic release date tied to beta feedback

Star Wars: The Old Republic release date tied to beta feedback

Electronic Arts has revealed that the release date for its anticipated MMORPG Star Wars: The Old Republic is "definitely tied" to data the company receives from ongoing beta testing.

"We're driving toward a date," EA's Frank Gibeau said in a recent interview. "But the very issue you raised is why we're not announcing a date yet because you want to make sure that these services can last a decade."

Read more: 'Don't want to happen to us what happened to WoW' »

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Daily Filter: August 19, 2011

Daily Filter: August 19, 2011

Shacknews receives a slew of new screenshots and trailers for upcoming games everyday. The most anticipated titles receive their own post, because we know you're eager to see that content. For the rest, we have the Daily Filter, a place to feature all of the media we add to our enormous database on a daily basis.

Today's Filter features a new Gamescom 2011 trailer for LittleBigPlanet 2, a PvP trailer for Star Wars: The Old Republic, an Ubisoft developer panel at Gamescom 2011, a demo walkthrough of Dark Souls, two inside looks at the brand new PlayStation Vita, four new background trailers for Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine, a multiplayer sneak peek at Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, a cinematic trailer for Might & Magic Heroes VI, a new look at the Ico and Shadow of the Colossus Collection, a PAX Prime 2011 Blacklight: Retribution trailer, and new screenshots for Tribes: Ascend, Prototype 2, GoldenEye 007: Reloaded, X-Men: Destiny, and The Baconing.

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Daily Filter: August 5, 2011

Daily Filter: August 5, 2011

Shacknews receives a slew of new screenshots and trailers for upcoming games everyday. The most anticipated titles receive their own post, because we know you're eager to see that content. For the rest, we have the Daily Filter, a place to feature all of the media we add to our enormous database on a daily basis.

Today's Filter features a multiplayer trailer for Driver: San Francisco, a how-to video for Warlords, a champion spotlight for League of Legends, a launch trailer for We Dance, a question and answer session for FIFA Soccer 12, two new trailers for Star Wars: The Old Republic, new screenshots for Dishonored, and new screenshots for Wargame: European Escalation.

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Why The Old Republic doesn't have a release date

Why The Old Republic doesn't have a release date

EA and BioWare have opened up pre-orders for Star Wars: The Old Republic, without a release date in sight. But that hasn't stopped fans from breaking EA pre-order records. Game director James Ohlen says the lack of a release date is a conscious move on BioWare's part, to make sure that they don't set it in stone and find their servers or game code unprepared for an influx of users.

Read more: Need to be 'absolutely certain' of smooth launch »

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Daily Filter: July 29, 2011

Daily Filter: July 29, 2011

Today's Filter includes an update trailer for City of Heroes, a developer walkthrough of a Star Wars: The Old Republic instance, a teaser trailer for Cabela's Survival: Shadows of Katmai, a Comic-Con trailer for Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time, a gameplay trailer for Bodycount, and two new trailers for F1 2011.

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Star Wars: The Old Republic breaks pre-order record, EA sales reveal

Star Wars: The Old Republic breaks pre-order record, EA sales reveal

EA is the "#1 publisher in Western markets," according to its latest quarterly financials. The company command a 16% segment share for the quarter ending June 30th, thanks to the success of games like Portal 2, Dead Space 2, and Dragon Age 2. All three titles have sold over two million copies each. Crysis 2 is an even bigger success, having sold over three million units. (Who needs Steam?)

NCAA 12 is also a strong performer for EA Sports, with sales up 17% from last year. Given the recent resolution of the NFL lockout, next month's Madden should also be a hit for the company.

READ MORE: Battlefield 3 & The Old Republic pre-orders »

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Daily Filter: July 22, 2011

Daily Filter: July 22, 2011

Today's Filter includes a video for Phinease and Ferb: Across the Second Dimension , a video for Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2, an announcement trailer for The Penguins of Madagascar: Dr. Blowhole Returns Again!, an announcement trailer for Monster High: Ghoul Spirit, a rather skimpy video for Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon, a teaser trailer for Jagged Alliance: Back in Action, a downloadable content video for Mortal Kombat, a Comic-Con cinematic for Star Wars: The Old Republic, new footage from Saints Row: The Third, gameplay footage from Cute Things Dying Violently, a cinematic trailer for Prototype 2, a Call of Duty Elite walkthrough, and a Rage developer's diary.

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Daily Filter: July 21, 2011

Daily Filter: July 21, 2011

Today's Filter includes a developer's diary for Driver: San Francisco, a new trailer for Dragon Ball Z Ultimate Tenkaichi, an opening trailer for Starhawk, four new videos for Street Fighter X Tekken, a cinematic trailer for Spider-Man: Edge of Time, a new movie for X-Men: Destiny, a new heroes trailer for Battlefield Heroes, a pre-order montage for Star Wars: The Old Republic, an origins comic for SSX, new screenshots for the beta version of Auto Club Revolution, a bloody trailer for The House of the Dead: Overkill - Extended Cut, brand new screenshots for the side-scrolling Sideway, a new trailer for PayDay: The Heist, new screenshots and trailer for DC Universe Online, and an angry new trailer for Asura's Wrath.

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