SW:TOR: EA commits to 2011 launch

Beta test weekends start in September.

EA has promised that massively multiplayer online game Star Wars: The Old Republic will launch this year.

Additionally, EA announced beta test weekends begin this September. These weekend play sessions will be open to selected players worldwide.

Yesterday EA opened up pre-orders of the game, which comes in three flavours.

Reports indicate the 129.99 Collector's Edition is sold out across many retailers.

The 59.99 Digital Deluxe Edition, exclusive to EA's Steam rival Origin, is also under pressure.

Pre-ordering the game nets you a redemption code that will unlock early game access and an in-game colour stone to change your 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," EA said.

BioWare boss Ray Muzyka explained that EA was deliberately 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!"

Star Wars: The Old Republic gameplay

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