Waiting for Star Wars: Pre-Orders Available, Now!
Are you still waiting for Star Wars? Yes. Well, the cash registers at EA Games are going crazy: You can finally pre-order Star Wars: The Old Republic!
SWTOR is available for pre-order in 3 different versions. There's the Standard Edition, available via digital download and DVD; the Deluxe Digital Download with some in-game starting items, such as a HoloDancer and a Training Droid; and there's the limited edition, Collector's Edition chalk full of cool things like the exclusive Gentle Giant Darth Malgus statue and the Journal of Master Gnost-Dural as annotated by Satele Shan.
The Collector's Edition is pricey at $169.99. Yes, you read that right. But no worries. It's already sold out! That's how much pent up demand there is for this game. Maybe you'll be able to get it when the game's officially released. That statue looks pretty sweet, doesn't it?
Oh, EA is also charging a little premium to pre-order, because they know everyone will. Why? Because pre-orders get early access to the game. It's only an extra $5 ($20 if you got a Collector's Edition.), and you know you're so excited to play this game you'll pony up the cash.
Once you pre-order, you'll get a little worried: The order isn't filled right away. It says something about the likelihood that they'll be able to fulfill the order. It's only a guess, but this might indicate EA is serious about limiting early access and maybe they're not rapacious corporate idiots.
If so - and all indications are, at least where SWTOR is concerned, they're not - you might want to run, not walk over here.
If your order is filled, you can wipe the sweat off your brow. Once you're done with that, take a look at your receipt. One thing the receipt on your pre-order says is "Estimated Release Date: Targeting Holiday 2011". That most likely means Christmas.
That's the release date, though. Those who get in on the pre-order will probably get play time earlier, maybe much earlier, if the beta periods for other MMOs is any guide. (Aion, for instance, had several beta periods before the official release.)
If you don't get in on the pre-order, you might end up waiting for Star Wars longer than your friends. That would suck.