Thursday BioWare and EA revealed plans to launch three editions of the upcoming MMOG, Star Wars: The Old Republic. One version will be geared for the gamer who doesn't care about the extra trinkets and doo-dads, just straight-up gameplay. One will be fitted for the digital gamer and one will be jam-packed for the die-hard collector who probably still has the original Millennium Falcon toy released by Kenner in 1979 perched on a shelf (cough)... you know who you are.
Nevertheless, here's a list of all three editions, each providing 30 days of free game time in addition to their treasures (or lack thereof in the Standard Edition's case):
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.
The Collector's Edition, Digital Deluxe Edition and Standard Edition are available for pre-order today at participating retailers, with digital versions available exclusively at Origin. Upon pre-order, players will be granted a redemption code that will unlock early game access as well as an in-game color stone to change their weapon effect. Pre-order quantities are limited and Early Game Access will only be available to those who pre-order the game and redeem their code before the game's official release.So far, the Collector's Edition is already sold out at Origin.com.
"We are targeting Star Wars: The Old Republic to be one of the biggest launches of holiday 2011," said Dr. Ray Muzyka, Group General Manager and Co-Founder, BioWare and Senior Vice President, Electronic Arts. "Our teams at BioWare and EA, along with our partners at LucasArts, are laser-focused on creating a high quality game, but just as importantly, they are resolute in delivering a high quality service. We are taking all of the necessary steps to make sure The Old Republic has a thriving community built on a stable online foundation from day one, including limiting supply at launch to ensure that players easily transition into the servers. So whether you're waiting to join the Empire or the Republic, pre-order now to ensure you can enter the galaxy at launch!"
Think there's a code to unlock a special performance by the personal HoloDancer? That would be worth the $80. Ok, maybe not.