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Star Wars: The Old Republic Releasing Sometime Before, Uh, March 31, 2012

EA expects the MMO before the end of the year, unless they don't.


Before March 31, 2012, EA and BioWare will (maybe) let you play The Old Republic.
Electronic Arts and BioWare are betting big on Star Wars: The Old Republic, easily the highest-profile competitor to World of Warcraft since Blizzard assumed genre dominance, but nailing down a release date has been a constantly moving target. In discussing its latest fiscal results, publisher EA was just as cagey about when The Old Republic will be released. Their only guarantee? Before March 31, 2012.

"We are preparing the launch of Star Wars: The Old Republic," said EA CEO John Riccitiello on today's financial call. "The launch date, while in our fiscal year, is not yet certain."

In EA's own breakdown for the next year, the company "assumes" The Old Republic will ship within the calendar year (read: before the end of 2011), but has baked in the possibility of a slip into 2012. Just today, BioWare and EA announced Mass Effect 3, originally scheduled for holiday 2011, is now early 2012.

"While we fully anticipate launching Star Wars: The Old Republic in Q2 or Q3," said CFO Eric Brown, "the low end of our guidance range assumes the outside possibility of a January launch."

If you're not following EA's explanation so far, here's a summary: The Old Republic's coming this fiscal year and expects it before 2011's end...but there's a chance it won't actually arrive until next year. Okay.

Unsurprisingly, EA believes the launch of The Old Republic will be "the biggest event of the year."

"We currently have over one million double-opt-in beta testers for the world’s first story-driven, fully 
voiced MMO," said EA Games president Frank Gibeau. "Everyone is waiting for us to announce the ship date… Sorry, but that’s not going to happen today. We’re holding the date for two reasons--first, we don't want to tip off the competition; second, we want more data from the beta test to guarantee a spectacular experience at launch."

The wait continues. Ironically, this all comes on Star Wars Day. May the 4th be...oh, nevermind. Patrick Klepek on Google+
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Posted by patrickklepek

Before March 31, 2012, EA and BioWare will (maybe) let you play The Old Republic.
Electronic Arts and BioWare are betting big on Star Wars: The Old Republic, easily the highest-profile competitor to World of Warcraft since Blizzard assumed genre dominance, but nailing down a release date has been a constantly moving target. In discussing its latest fiscal results, publisher EA was just as cagey about when The Old Republic will be released. Their only guarantee? Before March 31, 2012.

"We are preparing the launch of Star Wars: The Old Republic," said EA CEO John Riccitiello on today's financial call. "The launch date, while in our fiscal year, is not yet certain."

In EA's own breakdown for the next year, the company "assumes" The Old Republic will ship within the calendar year (read: before the end of 2011), but has baked in the possibility of a slip into 2012. Just today, BioWare and EA announced Mass Effect 3, originally scheduled for holiday 2011, is now early 2012.

"While we fully anticipate launching Star Wars: The Old Republic in Q2 or Q3," said CFO Eric Brown, "the low end of our guidance range assumes the outside possibility of a January launch."

If you're not following EA's explanation so far, here's a summary: The Old Republic's coming this fiscal year and expects it before 2011's end...but there's a chance it won't actually arrive until next year. Okay.

Unsurprisingly, EA believes the launch of The Old Republic will be "the biggest event of the year."

"We currently have over one million double-opt-in beta testers for the world’s first story-driven, fully 
voiced MMO," said EA Games president Frank Gibeau. "Everyone is waiting for us to announce the ship date… Sorry, but that’s not going to happen today. We’re holding the date for two reasons--first, we don't want to tip off the competition; second, we want more data from the beta test to guarantee a spectacular experience at launch."

The wait continues. Ironically, this all comes on Star Wars Day. May the 4th be...oh, nevermind.
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Posted by ajamafalous

You know what they say about assumptions.

Posted by amorbis

Yes, i cant wait

Posted by Sayishere

Been eagerly anticipating this game, and still am

Edited by EgoCheck616

Beta test numbers mean nothing if you can't ship the game before Blizzard reveals what Titan is.

Posted by MooseyMcMan

So is this going to come out at the same time as Mass Effect 3? Are EA and BioWare trying to corner both the single player and multiplayer sci-fi audiences? 

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Posted by ajamafalous
@MooseyMcMan said:
" So is this going to come out at the same time as Mass Effect 3? Are EA and BioWare trying to corner both the single player and multiplayer sci-fi audiences?  "
Trailer for TOR at the end of ME3 credits confirmed?
Posted by MooseyMcMan
@ajamafalous said:
" @MooseyMcMan said:
" So is this going to come out at the same time as Mass Effect 3? Are EA and BioWare trying to corner both the single player and multiplayer sci-fi audiences?  "
Trailer for TOR at the end of ME3 credits confirmed? "
No, it's going to be an unskippable one when you first boot up the game, just like in that Need for Speed game. 
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Posted by darth_infamous

There didn't seem to be any mention of March 2012 for TOR Patrick, at latest it would be January, as stated,  "the low end of our guidance range assumes the outside possibility of a January launch."

Posted by Agent47
@ajamafalous: You know what they say about Krogans with monocles?
Posted by ajamafalous
@MooseyMcMan said:

" @ajamafalous said:

" @MooseyMcMan said:
" So is this going to come out at the same time as Mass Effect 3? Are EA and BioWare trying to corner both the single player and multiplayer sci-fi audiences?  "
Trailer for TOR at the end of ME3 credits confirmed? "
No, it's going to be an unskippable one when you first boot up the game, just like in that Need for Speed game.  "
Pre-order TOR and get a lightsaber in ME3?

@darth_infamous said:

" There didn't seem to be any mention of March 2012 for TOR Patrick, at latest it would be January, as stated,  "the low end of our guidance range assumes the outside possibility of a January launch." "

"The launch date, while in our fiscal year, is not yet certain."
Posted by ajamafalous
@Agent47 said:
" @ajamafalous: You know what they say about Krogans with monocles? "
Tell me, what do they say?
Posted by chickdigger802

The perfect time to launch this is the day the blu ray movies are out imo or within that month.

I'm so eager to blow through all the content in a month ;)

Posted by Aaron_G

I can't wait to play this. 

Posted by Brendan

Either way the release of this game seems like a sticky situation for Bioware.  Either it's competing against the host of other games coming out this year, or it's coming out right in time to compete for ME3 dollars first quarter 2012.  

Posted by BeachThunder

Sigh, I want to play this game so badly...but then I remember that it's an MMO :(

I wish they would just make another single-player Star Wars RPG D:

Posted by EuanDewar

Huh, I told my friend who is eagerly anticipating this game that it's coming out in June...





Shit.

Posted by NukePuke

It's been so long ago I forgot about this game.

Edited by Marz

This summer is probably the best time to release a new MMO.  Even though WoW is still popular it's burnt out people who've been playing 3+ years.   Which is why Rift still seems to have decent population even if it's a clone.  They thirst for new blood.


I'll be playing Guild Wars 2 though.   Don't think i'll go subscription based for a very long time.
Posted by Billychu

Just let me stay in the beta for a few months and it's all good, EA.

Posted by ReyGitano
@ajamafalous said:
" @MooseyMcMan said:

" @ajamafalous said:

" @MooseyMcMan said:
" So is this going to come out at the same time as Mass Effect 3? Are EA and BioWare trying to corner both the single player and multiplayer sci-fi audiences?  "
Trailer for TOR at the end of ME3 credits confirmed? "
No, it's going to be an unskippable one when you first boot up the game, just like in that Need for Speed game.  "
Pre-order TOR and get a lightsaber in ME3?

I want a light saber in ME3... does that make me a bad person? Don't answer that, of course it does. I'd settle for some Mass Effect style Storm Trooper armor though.
Posted by Mikeanator86

I need this.

Posted by TheYear20XX

I hope they don't try to force the release.

Posted by MooseyMcMan
@MisuseOfLasers said:
" I hope they don't try to force the release. "
That's pretty good!
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Posted by Milkman

EA: "This game will come out on some date."

Posted by zityz
@Marz said:
" This summer is probably the best time to release a new MMO.  Even though WoW is still popular it's burnt out people who've been playing 3+ years.   Which is why Rift still seems to have decent population even if it's a clone.  They thirst for new blood.

I'll be playing Guild Wars 2 though.   Don't think i'll go subscription based for a very long time.
"
Me too. I'll probably step in to see what all the fuss is about, and as much as I love star wars and bioware, GW2 seams to be way more compelling and interesting in what it's trying to do.
Edited by DeviantJoker

They get one Launch Day to do this right. Too much hype and the cynics with it will tear it down if it doesn't perform at least a base line entertaining level. Do it right, and EA will be swimming in more filthy profit, they know not to screw this up.

I'm optimistic. See folks at Launch. (My absolute pull out of my ass guess is a window between September - November...)
Posted by TadThuggish
Posted by S0ndor
@ajamafalous said:
" @Agent47 said:
" @ajamafalous: You know what they say about Krogans with monocles? "
Tell me, what do they say? "
They have 4 balls.
Posted by Xsheps

I think they should take their time on this game.  It has the potential to become the WoW for science fiction fans.  

Posted by Christwood

No problem. I'll stick to Guild Wars 2. Better in every way + no subscription fees =)

Posted by Grilledcheez

I remember I was going to play this over summer...once that got thrown out the window so did most of my interest.

Posted by Seppli

Longing for MMO-instilled intoxication of mind with purpose and ambition and wonder. At least for a month or two for the very least.

Bring it on!

Posted by Nictel

Phew. The end of my social, working and general life has been delayed.

Posted by Charlee_CoCo
@Pop said:
" "  Star Wars: The Old Republic, easily the highest-profile competitor to World of Warcraft sinceBlizzard assumed genre dominance" yea sure, nothing will take wow down, it's pretty impossible IMO. "
I knew somebody was going to take that statement the wrong way and say something like "nothing can kill WoW" or whatever.

He wasn't saying that TOR will take WoW down, or even equally compete with it for that matter. Patrick was saying that TOR is basically the "most moneyed" MMO to be produced since WoW gained a strong foothold in the genre. In other words no MMO that's come out since WoW has had the amount of money spent on it (or a bigger licensed attached to it) than TOR. That's all.
Posted by ICryCauseImEmo

Ha I remember playing MMO's than I realized there is so much better shit to do like play other games.

Posted by GunslingerPanda

Looks bad, anyway.

Posted by djn3811

I've been waiting for this game for like 2 years
Posted by Kombat

I'm glad they're not trying to rush it to release. It's probably the game with the biggest chance of "dehtroning" World of Warcraft -- though I don't actually believe that is going to happen -- and pushing it onto a consumerbase half-finished isn't going to win them any kind of awards.


I mean, just look at what happened with seemingly promising MMOs like Warhammer Online, Final Fantasy XIV, and Age of Conan. All basically dead-on-arrival.
Posted by RiotBananas

I've been waiting patiently since they said they were aiming for 2009. If this gets released in 2012 it'll sell a lot worse than if it released in say... 2 months.

Posted by Schizoid

I registered on the SW:TOR website back in 2008, I've been waiting for this game for two and a half years! Man, that's crazy. The game has come a looong way since then.

Posted by PenguinDust

I think they're being cagey until E3 in June.  EA will have a press conference and that where they'll give us a date or at the very least a much smaller window.  They might even announce the beta then. 

Posted by ZGoon
@Kombat said:
" I'm glad they're not trying to rush it to release. It's probably the game with the biggest chance of "dehtroning" World of Warcraft -- though I don't actually believe that is going to happen -- and pushing it onto a consumerbase half-finished isn't going to win them any kind of awards.

I mean, just look at what happened with seemingly promising MMOs like Warhammer Online, Final Fantasy XIV, and Age of Conan. All basically dead-on-arrival.
"
None of those games had the developers with some of the best RPG talent in the business.
Posted by selbie

This game still doesn't interest me >___>

Posted by xyzygy

When this game releases, Activision Blizzard will show off Titan which will make ToR seem petty.


All in all though, shitty MMO looks shitty. Give me a single player Star Wars RPG again and I'm in.
Posted by Agent47
@S0ndor:
Posted by UltraMagnus

I imagine it'll be early 12.  Big 1st quarter for Bioware with TOR and Mass Effect 3.

Posted by samsaturday

This is still a thing?

Posted by WrathOfBanja

This still isnt KotOR...

Posted by CL60
@GunslingerPanda said:
" Looks bad, anyway. "
I think it looks great.
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