The number of copies of Star Wars: The Old Republic available at launch will be deliberately limited in order to ensure the MMO gets off to a smooth start, publisher EA has claimed.
As reported by GameInformer, EA announced at Gamescom today that it will hold back both digital and physical copies of the game so that servers don't buckle under the pressure.
The EA rep explained it would rather make sure early adopters have a good experience with the game than open the flood gates and overload the system while it's still getting up to speed.
The exact cut-off point wasn't disclosed but the spokesperson added that as soon as the limit was hit, it will work as hard as possible expand its server capabilities and allow more players in.
EA still hasn't announced a firm release date for the BioWare-developed saga, though it's hoping to have it out before the end of the year.