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.

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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."

While the game officially launches on December 20th, you'll be able to unlock "Early Game Access" by pre-ordering the game at "participating retailers." Once again, EA emphasizes that access will be limited at launch.

Included in the box will be 30 days of access to the game. The Old Republic is being anticipated as one of the last MMOs to use a subscription model instead of the increasingly popular free-to-play scheme. After the first 30 days, players can choose to pay $14.99 per month, or pre-pay $41.97 for 3 months, or $77.94 for 6 months.

From The Chatty

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    September 24, 2011 7:34 AM

    Andrew Yoon posted a new article, Star Wars: The Old Republic launches December 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.

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      September 24, 2011 7:51 AM

      *tears of joy*

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      September 24, 2011 7:52 AM

      In case anyone was wondering, I just cleaned up about six threads about this. I left the original (g0nk made it) - http://www.shacknews.com/chatty?id=26759851#item_26759851

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        September 24, 2011 8:11 AM

        Gonk : TOR :: Dognose : DNF

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          September 24, 2011 8:54 AM

          what are huge let downs for 500 alex

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            September 24, 2011 9:03 AM

            except both those people love the games, cool story though

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        September 24, 2011 12:36 PM

        ♥♥♥♥♥

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      September 24, 2011 7:55 AM

      PREORDER PREORDERED

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      September 24, 2011 8:18 AM

      what date is the early entry?

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        September 24, 2011 8:32 AM

        It depends how early you pre-ordered the game because it's like a queue system, they haven't announced how early it will be though. My guess is maybe up to a week early.

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          September 24, 2011 8:37 AM

          Its 3 days for normal preorders, 7 days for collectors editions last time I checked.

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            September 24, 2011 8:42 AM

            I could be wrong but I thought they are saying that isn't right now. Because I also saw that originally, but now there is no mention of that on their site and they aren't saying anything about it. Maybe that is still what it is though and they just aren't confirming it.

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          September 24, 2011 8:58 AM

          i thought they said it was a week early. at least that's what i read when i preordered last month

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        September 24, 2011 9:01 AM

        There has never been anything official announced about early entry other than that it's 100% first come, first served. Nothing about when it starts or how long it'll be.. but they did say that it doesn't matter which version you bought, just what date you entered the preorder code on their website.

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        September 24, 2011 9:03 AM

        That's what she said.

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      September 24, 2011 9:03 AM

      is it good?

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      September 24, 2011 10:15 AM

      Told you!

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      September 24, 2011 10:47 AM

      Thank god they went with a Monthly Sub, I hate when new games do that stupid Lifetime.

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        September 24, 2011 10:50 AM

        It sure seems like the games that offer lifetime at launch are the ones that fail and go f2p

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          September 24, 2011 12:58 PM

          That's what my two LotRO lifetime accounts keep telling me. :(

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      September 24, 2011 10:52 AM

      LOL, MMO subscriptions.

      What is this, 2004?

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        September 24, 2011 1:39 PM

        no it's a business wanting money, imagine that!

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          September 24, 2011 1:42 PM

          You mean scam for money.

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            September 24, 2011 11:01 PM

            it's only a scam if it's not worth it to you.

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        September 25, 2011 6:03 AM

        Because no MMOs charge subscriptions any more do they?

        Oh wait ...

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      September 24, 2011 10:57 AM

      sweet!!!

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      September 24, 2011 11:11 AM

      Quality. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2n9dtVZGNZ0

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        September 24, 2011 11:46 AM

        probably why we'll be waiting another 3 months for the release

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        September 24, 2011 12:21 PM

        What is going on there...I can't tell who the player is, the guy with the mustache?

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        September 24, 2011 12:43 PM

        oh wow that is ..... cheesy

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        September 24, 2011 12:47 PM

        They finally tightened up level 3

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        September 24, 2011 12:51 PM

        Are we just laughing at the collision fail here or am I missing something? Cause if that's the kind of bug we're worried about at SWTOR's launch, I'll be very pleased..

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          September 24, 2011 12:57 PM

          The overall absurdity of the scene. The Jedi allows himself to be seduced, his R2 unit fried, and then some gay Twiilek runs up to him and stabs him with a hypo, all the while he just stands there.

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            September 24, 2011 1:03 PM

            Those all seem pretty feasible, considering he's still a very low level Jedi-in-training guy.. Still susceptible to hot twi'lek chicks and the element of surprise.

            and that's not an R2 unit, it's a T7

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              September 24, 2011 2:12 PM

              The plot of that sence is fine, it's just really poorly put together. The player doesn't react at all to two dudes running up, one of whom has a gun that he shoots his robot with. He does turn around a little when the dude sticks him with the needle but other than the he looks like he doesn't notice or care that he's being assaulted. Also his fu-machu facial hair makes it look even dumber, but that's obviously something that the player did. Maybe he just is exhausted, so much that he doesn't react when people shoot his little robot buddy in the face.

              I mean it's an MMO so it's expected (well at least by me) that they have to spread their resources around more than you would if you were making a single player RPG so you can't make everything as polished but it still looks dumb.

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                September 24, 2011 2:58 PM

                This might get fixed only because of the youtube exposure, but people who think these types of things are just due to "beta" and will be fixed by release in 2.5 months are smoking crack. They'll be concentrating on showstopper bugs and issues and not polishing awkward scenes.

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        September 24, 2011 1:14 PM

        Yeah, people have said that the Republic Jedi scenes are pretty bad. Each character class has a separate storyline with a different writing team behind it. From what I understand, the Imperial Agent line is similar to Alpha Protocol (which is good) and both the Jedi Knight and Jedi Consular are on par with the movie prequels.

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        September 24, 2011 1:42 PM

        This is... horrible.

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        September 24, 2011 1:46 PM

        Looks.... so... bad...

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        September 24, 2011 1:47 PM

        What's the significance of 29:30?

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        September 24, 2011 1:51 PM

        Good lord, this game looks bad. RANCOR BONER CANCELED.

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        September 24, 2011 1:57 PM

        although this is funny haha lol, please do not judge the entire game by this. This looks to be a flub, or something that needs work.

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        September 24, 2011 7:36 PM

        people are going to pay money for THAT? LOL.

        even WoW's "movie" sequences look a million times better than that.

        fucking terrible.

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      September 24, 2011 1:19 PM

      MASSIVE news \m/ good to hear they made it for this year.

      I hope its good for all the fans, some of my inside sources say its very solid, we shall see.

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        September 24, 2011 1:53 PM

        I'm betting all my money there will be another delay that will push the release out to 2012.

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          September 24, 2011 6:57 PM

          Yeah probably, it will be a miracle if they hit the date and a huge accomplishment.

          We will see, I hope it happens. Its weird one of my sources said 2012 and the other said the same date posted here, so its hard to know which will hit (I am leaning Dec will happen).

          Its official now for Dec I really think it may actually happen, time will tell for they could always delay it but it look negative now, since they gave a date too much media what slam it.

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            September 25, 2011 4:51 AM

            Oh, it's easy to hit a date. It all depend on what shape the game and login servers will be on that day. We've the range from pretty smooth to total wreck. I don't think any significant mmo has had a smooth launch.

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      September 24, 2011 2:52 PM

      this game looks so miserable

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        September 24, 2011 6:40 PM

        I was in a playtest over labor day weekend, and I'll admit the character models are a bit cartoonish, but the environments are quite stunning.

        And really... Graphics are not all that... Look at Aion, it uses the Crytek engine and for the most part, isn't much fun.

        In any event, I can't wait for Dec 20th.

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        September 25, 2011 10:11 AM

        It's awesome.

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      September 24, 2011 7:25 PM

      I'm not even in the beta how can they be ready?!

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      September 25, 2011 7:29 AM

      Glad its coming out this year! I'm a clean, and reformed, now former mmo junkie, so enjoy guys and gals!

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      September 25, 2011 4:39 PM

      This will probably be the last mmo I ever play. Pre-ordered day of announcement, ready to rock and take my time.

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      September 26, 2011 3:45 PM

      The real reason why Diablo 3 got delayed ! LOL