Old Republic Release Date Revealed: December 20, 2011

Apparently, beta reaction must have been positive, because Bioware and LucasArts have officially announced a holiday 2012 release for the Old Republic. The highly-anticipated Star Wars MMO will launch on December 20, 2011 in North America and on December 22, 2011 in the Europe.

Each copy of The Old Republic will come with 30 days of subscription time, after which players will have the option to continue playing with one of the following monthly subscription fees:

- 1 Month Subscription: $14.99 (£8.99/€12.99)
- 3 Month Subscription: $13.99 per month (one-time charge of $41.97/£25.17/€35.97)
- 6 Month Subscription: $12.99 per month (one-time charge of $77.94/£46.14/€65.94)

BioWare co-founder Dr. Ray Muzyka said:

This is an incredible moment for everyone at BioWare and our partners at LucasArts who have dedicated their lives to build this extraordinary game. We appreciate the patience from the millions of fans who have been waiting for the game’s release.

Could this have anything to do with the recent news that Diablo 3 was officially pushed back to early 2012 at the soonest?

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16 Comments on Old Republic Release Date Revealed: December 20, 2011

Russell

On September 24, 2011 at 10:00 am

It def. has to do with diablo 3 being pushed back. however im glad ive been waiting for it for a while..

Mark Burnham

On September 24, 2011 at 11:00 am

I bet their engineers are looking forward to a FUN Christmas, what with a gigantic MMO the launch and all. Hopefully it goes well…

Warp

On September 24, 2011 at 11:04 am

So no gamecards for those of us without creditcards?

I shall not be buying TOR untill this is fixed.

Darkraidor

On September 24, 2011 at 11:46 am

prices of subscription mmo’s these days are fking ripoffs

CJ Miozzi

On September 24, 2011 at 12:40 pm

@Darkraidor The days of subscription fees are numbered. More and more MMOs are being pressured into going F2P; WoW and TOR may be the only two successful subscription-based MMOs left in a year or two, and it’s probably only a matter of time before they cave as well.

Luther

On September 24, 2011 at 12:51 pm

From what i was told Wow is free to play up to lv 20.

CJ Miozzi

On September 24, 2011 at 12:59 pm

@Luther: That’s right; that was the first sign that this F2P movement is even beginning to shake the titan itself.

Warp

On September 24, 2011 at 1:01 pm

@CJ Miozzi

I would not be to happy about that if i were you, the death of the subscription style MMOs will only mean that they will be replaced with the ”Microtransaction” MMOs or some other stupid **** like diablo 3 AH where you have basiclyy ”Wanna go kill this epic boss and get this epic loot? WEll then insert your credit card numbers here! (hidden fees may apply)”

OR better yet ”Wanna fight this boss? No? Then just buy the gear right here! Never set foot in dungeon or earn you gear again!”

A subscription fee is a justifyable expense, Pay for gear is a mortal sin of MMOs.

CJ Miozzi

On September 24, 2011 at 1:14 pm

@Warp

I personally feel Activision will eventually move to a subscription fee service with battle.net — or at the very least, they want to.

Honestly, I don’t see why everyone is so upset about the Auction House; these transactions happen anyway, against Blizzard’s Terms of Service, on third-party websites. And many of these sites scam people.

At least Blizzard is providing a safe haven for people who want to pay for that stuff. I sure as hell won’t pay for that stuff, and I’m sure that won’t diminish my appreciation of D3.

Warp

On September 24, 2011 at 3:06 pm

@CJ Miozzi

Im sure activision would include money sucking vaccums in all there games if they could (altho call of duty is doing a great job at that already).

Why are people so angry about the D3 AH? Because why am i as a dedicated player punished for putting in HOURS and possibly even DAYS getting my gear and money when some spoiled brat can just buy it off the AH with his daddys credit card and then run around pretending to be one of the people who worked to the bone to earn what s/he has?

”So xXSkillz1337Xx what was the hardest thing you ever hade to do in getting all your epics?”

”Asking my dad to pay for it”

Really?

CJ Miozzi

On September 24, 2011 at 3:15 pm

@Warp:

The point is: it happens anyway. With or without a Blizzard auction house, people will be able to buy items, characters, accounts, etc. This isn’t news — this has been around for over a decade, with Diablo 2 and countless other games.

I repeat:

Those “spoiled brats” will get their items anyway.

Drug users will get their drugs one way or another. Blizzard is at least providing drugs that are “clean.”

Warp

On September 24, 2011 at 4:51 pm

@CJ Miozzi

Alright, Why bother with leveling then? blizzard should allow power leveling and even hire a full staff to do nothing but sit around and level your charater for you

Or why bother with that?

Why not just sell full level’d charaters with full epic gear?

They’r just going to do anyway right?

Its the same as Why bother with laws? people are just going to break them anyway!

Or why bother living? we’r all going to die anyway? Might aswell crawl down the grave right now?

Im sorry if this comes a cross as rather sarcastic or angry but that kind of thinking is honestly you have to see where that kind of thinking goes…

CJ Miozzi

On September 24, 2011 at 6:16 pm

@Warp:

The point is that Diablo is a game. It’s entertainment. People should be allowed to enjoy their entertainment any way they want to (provided it’s legal).

“Why not just sell full level’d characters with full epic gear?”

I agree — why not? If people are willing to pay money for it, then I believe they should be allowed to. I would never spend money on that, but if someone wants to blow their money that way, then I believe they have the right to.

If the major concern here is that someone will easily acquire something that you worked hard for, then that doesn’t take anything away from your accomplishment. YOU know that YOU earned it — no one can take that away from you. Money can buy the item, but money won’t buy the thrill of finally finding that drop you’ve been waiting for.

If you don’t want to partake in the Auction House, you don’t have to. Pretend it doesn’t exist. It should, in no way, hamper your enjoyment of the game, unless you derive self-worth from the false prestige of showing off your gear to peers in some masculine display of phallic dominance.

Garyn Dakari

On September 24, 2011 at 10:24 pm

I agree with Miozzi. It’s like the TF2 shop that so many people hate and I always find my self defending.

If you don’t like it, don’t buy it.

I have never bought anything from it, and I never will, but I don’t understand the hate it gets.

OR, if it REALLY bothers you THAT much, you could, I dunno, just not play it. *GASP* Yes, I suggested not playing it. Now, I won’t be getting Diablo 3, for a number of reasons, but the auction isn’t one of them. There are a number of other games I just don’t get because they bother me, such as CoD. It bothers me that it costs about 120$ to get BLOPS + All of its DLCs, so I won’t give Activision my money. I just ignore CoD, I won’t go on anti-Cod campaigns, and I won’t bad-mouth Activision(Much :P ), I’ll just *ignore* it.

Personally, I wish more people would learn to ignore the things they don’t like. I’m getting kind of sick of the constant whining an ing I see literally everywhere on the internet. Sure, *some* things deserve to be complained about, but most don’t. No one’s forcing you to play the game you know.

Garyn Dakari

On September 24, 2011 at 10:26 pm

Yes, I know, half of my post was a post complaining about complaining.

Ron Whitaker

On September 27, 2011 at 5:43 am

I don’t see why folks are so cranked up over the D3 auction house. Who cares if someone else wants to drop a bunch of money on gear, levels or whatever? It doesn’t affect you, and it certainly doesn’t mean you have to do it.

Like CJ said, if Blizzard wants to sell max level characters with epic gear, go for it. Maybe someone just wants to play without grinding out all the levels. It’s not something I would do, but I’m sure that there is a market for it.

This is the same attitude that often infects MMO gamers. An MMO removes an attunement or changes a raid, and these people thing that their accomplishment of beating that raid has been cheapened. Nothing can be further from the truth, and nothing could be a bigger indictment of the reasons those folks play games.

Enjoy your accomplishments, and don’t let the fact that someone else may get the same accomplishment in a different way take away from that enjoyment.