Release Date Announced – December 20

Finally, after months and even years of anticipation we have the official release date for Star Wars: The Old Republic!

Bioware co-founders Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk announced the launch date at 2011 Eurogamer Expo in London. Just a few days ago there was still speculation that SWTOR might slip into next year, and this announcement may be a reaction of sorts to the news that Diablo III will be released in March next year.

Nevertheless it’s the news we’ve all been waiting for, and here it is again in bold: Star Wars: The Old Republic will officially release on December 20, 2011 in the United States, and December 22, 2011 in Europe. Update: launch date now globally set to December 20.

Additionally we know the pricing details as well:

  • 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)

Retail copy of the game gives you 30 days of free game time as well. Currently there’s no yearly subscription options, and unfortunately no lifetime subscriptions either which is quite surprising. The following table will give you a quick overview of how much you can save by subscribing for 3/6 months:

Bottomline: if you subscribe for 3 months, you’ll get (almost) one free month yearly, and if you choose the 6 month subscription you’ll get (nearly) two free months per year. I’ll leave it up to you to decide which is worth it.

For those of you wondering about cash shops or similar, nothing has yet been announced. Additionally, Early Game Access dates are also currently not known, but in case you haven’t preordered the game yet, the sooner you do the better.

This is going to be a great holiday season indeed.