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Posted: Aug 11th 2009 9:39AM (Unverified) said

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Then after it gets pushed back until 2011 due to the amount of time needed for proper beta testing and the like....

At this point I am so jaded from all the release dates given for games that it's just easier to assume at least a 6-12 month delay on any MMO's original release date. Heck, that might still be undershooting the bar.

Posted: Aug 11th 2009 9:48AM Macabre 13 said

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The only source for solid release dates is Best Buy's weekly printed ad, lol.

I would be extremely surprised to see this one in 2010. I bet even Q3 2011 is optimistic.
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Posted: Aug 11th 2009 10:49AM Firebreak said

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I have been telling everyone that I think it will be out early 2012. I think that is from how jaded I feel from previous experience. I really hope I am wrong though
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Posted: Aug 12th 2009 5:49AM (Unverified) said

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what makes you think they wont start beta testing in say june of '10?

I hope it comes out in Oct '10. Would give me a nice year in Champions and I'll probably be looking for another MMO to switch to for a while by then if CO hasn't grown significantly.
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Posted: Aug 11th 2009 9:43AM (Unverified) said

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That date is what most people are forecasting. Q3 2010. Q4 would work too.

Seems realisitc to me. They've been working on it for what? 3 years now? When was it first reported that LA and Bioware were teaming up for another "joint venture". Like, late 2007, I think? And I'm sure Bioware had to come to them w/ a pretty fleshed out idea for LA to even consider making another SW game that'd compete w/ the one they already have. Plus, there had to be legal ties to SOE that had to be ground out first before LA could "offiicially" entertain Bioware's idea. I bet they were working on it prior to that. Coupled w/ the Hero engine which is supposed to streamline the creation process.

Then EA jumps into the fold, and pours resources at it.

We've already seen a lot of ingame footage, and they stated that the game is playable in-house. Another year (-/+ a few months) seems really reasonable considering.

Posted: Aug 11th 2009 10:20AM MrGutts said

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I think it's more than 4 years now. Also some folks keep forgetting that this game has the biggest development team ever assembled in MMO history, not to mention the sheer amount of resources being used. On top of that they are also using new technology to develop this game which also increases productivity.

Does anyone really know how long it took them to make EQ2, WoW, Lineage, CoH, AoC, WAR, etc etc? I think the average is about 3 to 4 years.
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Posted: Aug 11th 2009 9:41AM (Unverified) said

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Its still about 13 months too long to wait :S

Need lightsabre now!

Oh well I guess it gives me plenty of time to play KOTOR 1 and 2 again.

Posted: Aug 11th 2009 9:43AM SkuzBukit said

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The "source" was French.
"you cannot trust the French" Just happens to be my personal opinion.

Posted: Aug 11th 2009 9:49AM ultimateq said

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That trailer did a lot to get me interested in the game when I first saw it. That trailer was more entertaining than the last 3 movies (Episodes I, II, III).

I don't mind waiting more than a year to see this game released. I would rather wait and let them get it right. It really sucks to see a game with a lot of promise to get wasted by a rushed release.

Posted: Aug 11th 2009 10:05AM arnavdesai said

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One factor going for the devs making their date is their use of the Hero engine which is supposed to really allow for almost real time construction of an MMO. Although no games have been released which have utilized their engine, Bioware have given a lot of praise to the engine and its abilities. I think they will look at beta testing more for balancing classes, quests etc. rather than bug fixing.

Posted: Aug 11th 2009 10:05AM (Unverified) said

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Sounds about right. I could see beta about 8 months after playable. It'll be pushed back, might be early 2011, but unless they have some epic feature list I'm not aware of, they can make it by 2010's holiday season.

Posted: Aug 11th 2009 10:47AM (Unverified) said

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Q4 2010 is probably the most hopeful you can get for SWTOR. If they can get beta going at least by Summer 2010, I think they have a realistic shot a Q4 release.

Posted: Aug 11th 2009 12:25PM Tom in VA said

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Don't know about the accuracy of this rumor, but it would sure be great if it were true. SWTOR just sounds so good to me.

I wonder how a September 2010 release date (or, more likely, a few months later) will square with the release of the next WoW expansion? Seems like they may almost be going head to head (or pretty close to head to head).

That kind of matchup would be very interesting to see, if it works out that way, release-wise. It seems to me that SWTOR is going to appeal to the more SP-RPG/casual/solo crowd than WoW traditionally has done, even though SWTOR *is* technically an MMO.

Based on my own player/MMO preferences, I vastly prefer story-intensive small-group and solo content to the "Must be fully geared!" grindy epic instances of WoW. The only thing that makes WoW bearable for me is the fact that you can bypass the instances altogether if you want to.



Posted: Aug 11th 2009 1:00PM (Unverified) said

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MMOs have been on a long slow path into a small group mentality. The shock factor of, "Look! You can play with 59 other people." from EQ or 39 other people in WoW's class raids is becoming very unappealing as more people actually start playing online games. I've done the big raids for years now and using those as a learning experience, I can say I really do prefer the small group instances to the huge battles. Playing with 4 people i know is just more rewarding than playing with 39 people I've never met outside of the game.

Posted: Aug 11th 2009 2:10PM dudes said

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Bleh. If they had said September 2009 for open beta I would be impressed. Time to carry on with the harmonica.

Posted: Aug 11th 2009 2:14PM (Unverified) said

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Even if this is just a guess and not actually from some supersecret insider, it's a very good one. I hope for both the fans and the developers that the game is only about a year away because the hype train seems a little big if we're waiting longer than 13-14 months.

Posted: Aug 11th 2009 2:21PM (Unverified) said

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Hope its not much later than that. The forums for TOR have been around since the game was announced in October 2008 and they have been super-active since then. People are going to get very tired of waiting if the game is more than another year away. Logic suggests it will be finished by October 2008, what with the game being in development for several years already (five I think), the size of the team they have, the upcoming gameplay demo (at Gamescon) and the fact that they're using the Hero engine.

Personally I wouldn't want to wait any longer than October 2010 as this is the only MMO in development that I really want to play (and I'm a big fan of the genre, but bored of the current implementations).

Posted: Aug 11th 2009 2:31PM (Unverified) said

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I meant to say it should be finished in 2010, not 2008.
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Posted: Aug 11th 2009 4:03PM Lateris said

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I am going to bet on 2011. Fans are going to be picky as hell in beta.

Posted: Aug 11th 2009 5:20PM (Unverified) said

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Am I the only one to see those graphics are a cross between Tabula Rasa and City of Heroes.

Both games failed completely.

I read also SW is only about surface pvp, no space abbtles at all at launch.

10 success, 90% another dud.

If this game fails, you'll have to play WOW for the next 25 years.....




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