Star Wars: The Old Republic Release Date Unknown, Despite Preorders

News of Star Wars: The Old Republic pre-orders has sparked interest in the game‘s release date, which has not yet been announced. Still targeted for the second half of 2011, an official release date may be set in the near future now that the pre-orders are live.

Bioware’s first foray into the MMO world was first announced on October 21, 2008, at an invitation-only press event, but some of the 12 full-time writers had been working on The Old Republic for more than two years at that point.

The game’s first cinematic trailer, “Deceived,” was shown at the Electronic Arts 2009 E3 Press Conference on June 1, 2009, and its second cinematic trailer, “Hope,” was released a year later, on June 14, 2010. Game testing was officially announced to have begun on July 9, 2010.

On June 6 2011, a new trailer titled “Return” was released at E3 2011, where we got to do a hands-on with the Old Republic.

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17 Comments on Star Wars: The Old Republic Release Date Unknown, Despite Preorders

TORBB

On July 25, 2011 at 4:36 pm

The devs have stated the target release is “Holiday Season 2011.” Not to mention, Beta Weekends is coming in September. I would say to expect a release date in late November.

jack

On July 29, 2011 at 9:05 pm

Release date on dec 31 2011

bajaron

On August 2, 2011 at 5:27 pm

Still nothing concrete as far as a release date goes? Bad enough that we are losing seven + years of work , money and time watching SWG go away .. now TOR is jacking us around … THink I will wait ’till next year, maybe, if it is online by then

orangemang

On August 6, 2011 at 8:32 pm

Bajaron, the reason no date has been announced is to keep blizzard at bay. If they had released a date, then blizz would try to plan something in WoW to keep a hold of their subscribers. Just like they did with Cata when Rift came. Beta starts next month, Expecting this to hit shelves in November sometime is probably a safe bet.

TORBB

On August 8, 2011 at 2:37 am

I’ve actually speculated on tis a few times, myself. Makes perfect sense, actually.

And, yes, the safe money is on November.

Phil Hornshaw

On August 8, 2011 at 11:45 am

From what I heard at Comic-Con this year, Bioware is looking at a staggered release, I think starting around January 2012. You’ll want to preorder — it’s basically first come, first served as they start making the game available, with preorder customers getting in first (in the order they ordered).

james

On August 11, 2011 at 6:27 pm

@bajaron … if you continued to play SWG after they slopped together jump to lightspeed, and then they ruined it with combat upgrades and then further ruined it with NGE, and then the mass exodus of players after that which wrote clearly on the wall of it’s demise due to piss poor management and product direction… i can’t feel much for you, bro. Move on.

Just because an mmo allows you to pay a subscription it’s still ‘at their will’ to close it down… anyone who played: Asheron’s call 2, the sims online, motor city online, earth and beyond, shadowbane… they can all attest to this. when you start to see less and less people playing… it’s time to give up and find another game. Even if it’s a ‘damn good game’ in your opinion… it doesn’t matter… sadly.

Patrick

On August 15, 2011 at 1:35 pm

I personally agree with the Nov. Dec. time frame, according to quite a few mmo and game forums, Blizz lost almost a million subscribers in the last few months, I think thats the first sign that they are going to slowly burn out. If SWTOR is released at the right time, they have the potential to take a huge bite out of WoW, all the better for the MMO community in my opinion, WoW has been stagnating for quite some time, Cata was a last flash in the pan to knock out Rift and keep their fan base intact.

Jefficon

On August 18, 2011 at 11:09 pm

This is what the deal is. Blizzard is waiting for Bioware to release swtor so they can let out diablo 3 and at the same time bioware is watching to release swtor when they release diablo. so were screwed

Jeremy

On August 21, 2011 at 7:25 pm

Im kinda sad the media infected WoW culture may come and try and play this. People who take there gaming way to serious and hide in games instead of playing as an enjoyable hobby. Sad sad cyber infected world we live in these days i tell you what.

mike

On August 21, 2011 at 7:36 pm

Actually blizzard is planning the 4.3 DEATHWING’S DEMISE patch around november so im hoping it comes out a bit before that.

steven

On August 23, 2011 at 11:52 am

I have heard that the game will be released following the release of “Star Wars: The Old Republic: Revan”( Nov 15, 2011), I expect this is so that the game does not spoil the novel…since there are some sith trials and what not that involve what really happened to the main KOTOR antagonist Revan. Since all pre-order dates say that you will receive the game whatever day after the day you pre order to dec 31, 2011. Realistically i see that the game will come out a couple weeks after the Raven Novel…. look for the release date between Nov 15 and Dec 31 at the most.

Stop being so pessimistic! The 3 plus year wait is finally coming to an end.

-Sincerely a fellow impatient, eager, and now broke thanks to the collectors addition package, Star Wars Fan.

karmorda

On August 23, 2011 at 3:05 pm

No away they would release it after December 20th, unless it was far from being done or Bioware hates money.

Ian

On August 28, 2011 at 11:59 am

Its a title 3 years in the making, star wars has a MUCH bigger fan base then Diablo, so Blizzard would be the one making a waiting move not TOR honestly Bioware could probably put it out on the market the second beta testing is done and make basically the same amount of $$$ they would if they did a timing battle with Blizz, IF-ward,… what ever company is making BF3, and any other big name company with a big title coming out this holiday season.

Poiraver

On September 1, 2011 at 7:06 pm

@ Bajaron

Don’t get me wrong, I’m an immense fan of MMO’s and have spent many hours of my life hunched over a computer trying to attain that which is never-endingly out of reach; but any MMO can be considered a waste of time as you spend ridiculous amounts of money and time (which is also money) on something that does not benefit you in the real world. In any way. Ever. (Except, perhaps, those rare few that won WoW arena tourneys.)

slurik

On September 9, 2011 at 5:43 am

The codes expire on Dec 31/11. Its not the release date, however clearly demonstrate that the game should be rolling for at least a month in order for people to redeem these codes with a reasonable time frame.

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