At EuroGamer developers Dr. Ray Muzyka and Dr. Greg Zeschuk announced that Star Wars: The Old Republic would be released on December 20, 2011 in the US and December 22, 2011 in Europe. The announcement came out of nowhere and shocked fans worldwide. SWTOR is one of the most highly anticipated games of the year and the news that it would launch within the year was celebrated by all fans.
If you're looking to gain early access you should pre-order now as release copies are limited and early access is based on the order in which pre-order codes are registered. For the official release check out http://www.swtor.com/news/press-release/20110924
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