While we haven't seen anything official from EA and BioWare here in the States, EA France revealed during the Eurogamer Expo in London over the weekend that Star Wars: The Old Republic will launch in North America on December 20 and in Europe on December 22.
"This is an incredible moment for everyone at BioWare and our partners at LucasArts who have dedicated their lives to building this extraordinary game," said Bioware co-founder Ray Muzyka. "We appreciate the patience from the millions of fans who have been waiting for the game's release."
The announcement also revealed three subscription payment methods for the upcoming MMOG: €12.99/$14.99 for a single month, €35.97/$41.97 for three months or €65.94/$77.94 for a full half-year subscription. And as with most MMOGs, access to the game will be free for the first thirty days. Those who pre-ordered the game will get exclusive in-game content and early access although the exact date for the sneak-peek is currently unknown.
As previously reported, Star Wars: The Old Republic will arrive in limited quantities and in three editions: Standard ($60), the Digital Deluxe Edition ($80) and the Collector's Edition ($150). Here's more on each:
Star Wars: The Old Republic Collector's Edition
The Collector's Edition includes a host of virtual in-game and physical items for the ultimate Star Wars fan. Physical items include a Darth Malgus Statue from Gentle Giant, the journal of Jedi Master Gnost Dural from Chronicle Books, The Music of The Old Republic soundtrack, a security key and a map of the in-game Star Wars galaxy. Virtual items include a Flare Gun, Training Droid, personal HoloDancer, HoloCam, the STAP vehicle and access to the Collector's Store, an in-game store with new in-game items exclusively for owners of the Collector's Edition. The Collector's Edition will also include 30 days of game time and has an MSRP of $149.99 (USD) at participating retailers.
Star Wars: The Old Republic Digital Deluxe Edition
The Digital Deluxe Edition has an MSRP of $79.99 (USD) and includes 30 days of game time and five virtual items, including the Flare Gun, Training Droid, personal HoloDancer, HoloCam and the STAP vehicle.
Star Wars: The Old Republic Standard Edition
The base edition of the game is available at retailers and online for an MSRP of $59.99 (USD) and includes 30 days of game time.
We'll post the official North American press release here if it goes live today, so stay tuned.