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Star Wars: The Old Republic Confirmed for 2011

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Another long year of waiting for a return to the Old Republic.

Were you hoping to play Star Wars: The Old Republic sometime this year? It's not going to happen, but there's a New Hope definitely for 2011.

Announced on the official Star Wars: The Old Republic forums, BioWare is targeting a spring 2011 release date for the highly anticipated MMO.

While we have not announced a specific date, we can confirm that we are targeting a spring 2011 release for Star Wars: The Old Republic. We’ve got a lot of exciting updates and reveals planned throughout 2010, including the first-ever hands-on testing for the game. It’s not too late to sign up to be a game tester, so go to www.swtor.com/tester and sign up today. We can’t wait to share more about the game with you as we progress through the year, so make sure you stay tuned to the official website for details.

I suppose that gives us all time to go back to the first two KotOR games for another play through, perhaps even the "complete" version of The Sith Lords.

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    vulmer , January 14, 2010 8:44 PM
    Just hope I get in for some beta testing! :) 
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    sliem , January 14, 2010 8:48 PM
    I hope they have unlimited free trial (limited to lv 10 or whatever) but free for life trial. I prefer hourly game time (not monthly) or even daily but I'm hoping too much.
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    Abrahm , January 14, 2010 9:01 PM
    I hope the game isn't just WoW with a Star Wars skin. I also hope there is something more to the game than story, something that will keep me playing when the stories run out. I hope it's actually an MMO, and not just an online rpg with a monthly fee.
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    TheDuke , January 14, 2010 9:29 PM
    hope the beta starts by May or June so it can have ample time to get those game breaking bugs. great thing about games is that they have helped my patience grow because of the long waits after announcement to release
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    Sicundercover , January 14, 2010 9:31 PM
    Well from what Ive seen so far it looks like its going to be pretty good.

    With that said, man this is the last thing I need. I love Star Wars and can be succored in by just about anything Star Wars with a Bioware logo on it. I already ruined one marriage with Eve Online. Must Resist the shiny Bioware logo.
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    jalek , January 15, 2010 12:08 AM
    Bioware can't possibly screw this up more than SOE did with Star Wars Galaxies.. or can they?
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    mjello , January 15, 2010 1:06 AM
    Give me a founders subscription like Lord of the rings online and im all in.

    I hate monthly fees. I would rather pay a lot once and then never again.
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    gilbertfh , January 15, 2010 4:44 AM
    I personally can't wait for TOR to come out. People complain about WOW but it has evolved over time and any good MMORPG takes a lot of lessons from what Blizz and all the other MMO have learned. That being said it will be hard to give it a completely unique feel and no matter what people will compare it to WoW for both good and bad aspects.
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    Xzar , January 15, 2010 5:05 AM
    WoW had very good graphics by 2004 standards.

    SWTOR has all the good features that Dragon Age has, such as:

    -origin quest lines for each class
    -future quest lines change depending on how you do earlier quests
    -quests seem to have multiple solutions
    -you can play evil, or good, whatever floats your boat, it's not linear like other mmorpgs
    -fully voiced dialogue

    Just reading the wiki for SWTOR had me sold. I am not a fan of the Star Wars movies(nor a hater, just never watched them except for when I was a kid), but The Old Republic setting looks very interesting.

    However, the completely SHI-TTY animations totally blew me off. I am not particularly picky, I don't demand Crysis or Far Cry 2 level graphics, but after seeing the good graphics and art of Dragon Age, I want something at least as good:

    -considering SWTOR will be completed 2 years later
    -SWTOR also has access to Dragon's Age code, since they are from the same company

    NO REASON for SWTOR to have the main character running around like he's CONSTIPATED. Just terrible animation and blocky graphics lacking details.

    Why not use the good stuff you have in Dragon Age and build from there??? This is beyond me why they can't do at least that. Improve, don't regress Bioware...
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    anamaniac , January 15, 2010 5:13 AM
    mjelloGive me a founders subscription like Lord of the rings online and im all in.I hate monthly fees. I would rather pay a lot once and then never again.

    Amen.

    If you're only going to play for a month, it gouges you, but if you play for years, it saves you tons of green. =D
    I played WoW for 2 years... $20x24months +$40 for game and $40 for expac = $over $500.

    I have high hopes for this, and in all hope, they don't make some boring peice of junk, or something more addictive than cocaine...
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    gnesterenko , January 15, 2010 11:04 AM
    anamaniacAmen.If you're only going to play for a month, it gouges you, but if you play for years, it saves you tons of green. =DI played WoW for 2 years... $20x24months +$40 for game and $40 for expac = $over $500.


    Ahem, what about opportunity costs of 2 years playing of WoW? In other words, how much have you lost by playing WoW and not persuing other endevours? If your only alternative is to play other games, then yes, you have saved money. If on the other hand, you did some excercisng and maybe started a small business instead, then WoW cost you a LOT more then $500...

    "The views expressed here are mine and do not reflect the official opinion of my employer or the organization through which the Internet was accessed."
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    Pei-chen , January 15, 2010 11:43 AM
    Darn, darn, darn. I want KOTOR III, not another MMORPG.
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    hannibal , January 15, 2010 11:54 AM
    The games mechanic is going to be a guite a lot WOW like, icon based system. Maybe the not so good succes of Conan, makes the company a guite conservative. Otherwice free lightsaber hack and slash would have been an interesting option.
    The complete voice acting is a "big" new thing.
    In anyway, interesting to see how this game develop during the coming year.
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    zak_mckraken , January 15, 2010 12:49 PM
    gnesterenkoAhem, what about opportunity costs of 2 years playing of WoW? In other words, how much have you lost by playing WoW and not persuing other endevours? If your only alternative is to play other games, then yes, you have saved money. If on the other hand, you did some excercisng and maybe started a small business instead, then WoW cost you a LOT more then $500...

    Your comment is very pejorative. Because someone said they played a game for 2 years, you're assuming that it's the ONLY thing they ever did? I'm starting my third year into WoW but it's hardly the only thing I do. I have a full-time job, I work out 30mins a day, I play pool 2 times a week, I cook, I speak 2 languages, etc.

    I don't mean to brag, I just want to give some slack to gamers. Try to know people before judging them.
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    Regulas , January 15, 2010 1:01 PM
    Not another MMORPG
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    Hope Slayer , January 15, 2010 1:16 PM
    I'm excited about this game but if it takes another 18 months to come out I'd say being that it is from Bioware it should be worth the wait. They took 5 years to develope the first Never Winter Nights game, and I think almost if not longer for Dragon Age. This is their first MMO to my understanding and cannot blame them for wanting to make sure it launches with as little drama as possible. If your familiar with how they develope their games then you'd have to agree that when it does go live it might just be one of the most immersive games ever.

    Just my personal opinion but I will admit I'm a big Bioware fan. Their worst games for the most part smack the faces of most other developers best games around with ease.
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    maximaniac , January 15, 2010 1:21 PM
    I can see this in a good light; Bioware is known for releasing high quality games (Mass Effect, Dragon Age, and of course KOTOR). Yes, it sucks we have to wait a full year, but that gives Bioware that much more time to polish it up and squash the bugs before release. Age of Conan is a prime example of a game released too early and it turned alot of people away. They're trying to play catch up now by offering that lifetime free trial up to lvl 20. I don't think Bioware wants that to happen.
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    HavoCnMe , January 15, 2010 3:52 PM
    I love SW's games, but i am not going to pay a monthly fee after i paid the store for the damn game. I think MMO's with monthly subscriptions should be sold for $10. If you play the game for a year or more they made more than a non-mmo game. JMO
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    Xzar , January 15, 2010 3:57 PM
    http://www.massively.com/2009/08/25/nearly-20min-worth-of-swtor-gameplay-video/

    look at the GC 2009 Walkthrough pt. 2

    At 3:05 you can see some running footage
    at 3:20 he starts swinging his lightsaber, pay attention to how constipated he looks when he moves around with a sword

    seriously, WoW animations looked funny, swtor just looks goofy and retarded
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    Xzar , January 15, 2010 4:20 PM
    HavoCnMeI love SW's games, but i am not going to pay a monthly fee after i paid the store for the damn game. I think MMO's with monthly subscriptions should be sold for $10. If you play the game for a year or more they made more than a non-mmo game. JMO


    Bioware is charging 5 dollars for a 30 mins quest sold as a DLC for Dragon Age. They will surely charge a monthly fee since millions of gamers are used to doing it for WoW.

    BTW, Bioware missed the deadline for that small DLC twice already. They even released it, then stopped releasing it because of technical issues. So I don't expect this game to be done in Spring 2011, more like Q4 2011.
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