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Posted: Jul 19th 2011 9:42AM belgeode said

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This was on gamebreaker.tv last night too. The debate is getting heated over is this "shopped" or the genuine article. I am hoping it is the real deal personally, since that will put us one step closer to getting the game. I guess we will find out on Thursday.

Posted: Jul 19th 2011 4:05PM Mystal said

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@belgeode

Same sort of "debate" sprung up for each of the three WoW expansions when the box art was leaked, and of course they were all legit. Same sort of debate used to spring up when I played Magic: The Gathering and new card sets would get leaked a month in advance.

Fakes are usually pretty obvious, not because of blurry pixels, but because the language or style just never fits a true corporate/branding feel. This rumor doesn't really smell fake. I am curious though, if the pre order bonus is really a crystal to change your lightsaber color, if it would also change the color of blaster fire.

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Posted: Sep 12th 2011 12:41PM swtoraustralia said

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@belgeode

There has been heated discussion about whether or not this will be available in Australia. Well now that pre-order has been announced all the aussies are thinking, why cant we pre-order >.< but we can! just not officially check out this site: Pre-order SWTOR Australia It has instructions on how to pre-order and information regarding early game access etc so that us Aussies don’t have to worry about not being able to pre-order through origin! its got links direct to order pages where New Zealanders/Aussies can pre-order SWTOR, and the awesome thing is, we won't be playing any later than official release countries (explained on the site) and it would actually work out cheaper than ordering from EB!!

P.s. they still got collector's edition available so get ordering while they still there, i've ordered mine :D can't wait to be playing with all you oceanic guys who think we cant get the game!
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Posted: Sep 12th 2011 12:44PM swtoraustralia said

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this was the site, link didn't work. http://www.swtor-multitude.com.au/
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Posted: Jul 19th 2011 9:50AM (Unverified) said

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So no reference to betacake at all?

Posted: Jul 19th 2011 9:59AM (Unverified) said

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Betacake forever!
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Posted: Jul 19th 2011 11:14AM HyperKabuto said

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Why would they?

The news originated on the French section of the official forums.
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Posted: Jul 19th 2011 2:26PM Scarecrowe said

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French news... How about "let them eat betacake!"
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Posted: Jul 19th 2011 9:57AM Amusednow said

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Few things working in favor of it the current tie-in comic miniseries is scheduled to ship it's last issue in Oct and I'm sure EA wants it on the shelves by then or Nov at the latest. It and Battlefield 3 are to be the AAA titles on their steam-like content platform so they'll want their two showcase titles out by then.

Posted: Jul 19th 2011 9:57AM Greyhame said

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If a release date, then YAY. If not, then oh well.

Posted: Jul 19th 2011 1:43PM (Unverified) said

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@Greyhame based on the fact that SWG will be killed 15 dec. I predict they will release SWTOR on X-mas.
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Posted: Jul 19th 2011 3:08PM myhumps said

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TOR scheduling their release around the shutdown of SWG is retarded and so is anyone who thinks that.
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Posted: Jul 19th 2011 4:38PM Infestimus said

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@myhumps But SWG scheduling their shutdown in conjunction with the owner of the IP who is privy to the SWTOR release date is entirely possible.

If the two were completely unrelated SoE would have set the shutdown for the end of the Lucasarts agreement some time in 2012.

The most likely arrangement is that Sony will get a deal in the clone wars adventures agreement in exchange for forfeiting the remaining months on their contract.
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Posted: Jul 19th 2011 4:48PM Space Cobra said

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@Infestimus

The sources said the contract was up Dec. 15, 2011, not 2012. The meeting was to discuss an extension and for "whatever reason" (money or LA or EA) they decided to LET the contract run out.

I personally don't think Bioware/EA was waiting only for SOE's contract with SWG to run out. That would be illogical business-wise. The smart money is we are probably getting SW:ToR before Dec. 15.
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Posted: Jul 19th 2011 6:23PM Infestimus said

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John Smedley: The decision to shut down SWG is first and foremost a business decision mutually agreed upon between SOE and LucasArts. LucasArts has a new game coming out, and the contract would be running out in 2012 anyway, so we feel like it's the right time for the game to end.
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That is from the interview posted on this site. Who knows what really happened, that was just my speculation based on what I've read since the SWG announcement.
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Posted: Jul 19th 2011 6:38PM Infestimus said

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@Infestimus And just to clarify I don't think SWTOR is launching on the 15th of Dec. I believe it will be launched shortly after the Blu-ray release myself.
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Posted: Jul 19th 2011 6:55PM Space Cobra said

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@Infestimus

Well, I still think it's going to be October/November and I'll tell ya why: Christmas season. Dec. 15 and later is too late for "Early Bird shoppers" who have spent all their money already on gift shopping. They need to get those shopper's money and around November, especially before the day after Thanksgiving, would be the most opportune time to grab that money. I know I've played an MMO Launch in October (but I forget the title) so that isn't out of the question, either.

And yes, I know "Star Wars IP" and all, but you are talking around only 10 days before Christmas. I don't know of ANY product or MMO that releases at that time or later; you'd lose tons of money because you have to generate awareness that the product has come out (many folks don't keep on top of launch news like we do on games).

I will say this, signs are pointing to a pre-order date of "soon" at San Diego Con or PAX.
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Posted: Jul 19th 2011 7:04PM Infestimus said

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@Space Cobra That's what I said just above you, I think it will be October, just as SWG goes into it's no new accounts phase.
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Posted: Jul 19th 2011 7:08PM Infestimus said

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@Space Cobra That's what I just said above. I think it will be released in October, couple weeks after the Blu-rays launch to avoid any cross product Fanboy self competition and just as SWG enters it's "no new accounts phase"
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Posted: Jul 20th 2011 11:43AM C Rose said

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@Space Cobra

Well Space I've been on the forums nearly everyday for 3 years (hehe, only a SLIGHT exaggeration) and I have to say that I have fallen prey to the rampant speculation bug before, however in this particular case I'm going to say that with all the facts I've accrued recently, it's going to be out before Nov.

My reasons are as follows:

1.) The numerous leaks of the cover-art and CE information leads us to believe that we will definitely be getting AT LEAST pre-order confirmation tomorrow at SDCC. Perhaps not an official release date yet, but definitely pre-order.

2.) AAA MMO pre-orders mean that most likely, based on all past experiences, that the release date will be at most 2 months away.

3.) If and when we do get the pre-order at SDCC, Bioware won't want to string it along until Nov. because they have said numerous times they don't want to give their primary competitor (WoW) time to develop a "one-up" strategy with a major content patch. This leads me to believe they'll actually push the RD faster than normal to beat Blizzard's inevitable ploys to steal their thunder.

4.) After all the leaks many retailers have begun to finally say that yes, Thursday July 21st will be the first day for pre-orders. Many people have confirmed this and yes, I've contacted some places and they're finally admitting that's the proper date.

5.) The box-art and items shown in the CE mean that the retail packaging is complete and simply waiting on the release client to be burned to the DVD's and included and shipped to retailers.

6.) There have been many, many signs of it being a late Q2 release (~Sept.). The conference call in May, certain slip ups by overseas Bioware CSM's, etc.

I could go on and on, and I do respect your opinion and agree you may be right, although I strongly doubt at this point in time it's going to be 4-5 months after the pre-order is announced.

Now this all hinges on the assumption that the pre-order starts and SDCC tomorrow, which is pretty much a safe bet and even Stephen Reid has been joking around about it on his Twitter account and also unlike the many other "hoaxes" we've seen throughout the years, these leaks we're NEVER flatly denied, like all the others.

SR has been making comments and jokes about the Polish sites leak and the Spanish sites leak of the CE info. Check them out at @Rockjaw.

I'm staying cautiously optimistic. But pre-order tomorrow means the game will be out by Sept.
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