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Star Wars: The Old Republic December Launch; Pricing Details

The official website for Star Wars: The Old Republic announces BioWare's Star Wars MMORPG will launch on December 20, 2011 in North America, and on December 22nd in Europe, noting that those who preorder the game and register on the website will be eligible for early game access. "This is an incredible moment for everyone at BioWare and our partners at LucasArts who have dedicated their lives to build this extraordinary game," says BioWare co-founder Dr. Ray Muzyka. "We appreciate the patience from the millions of fans who have been waiting for the game’s release." The game comes with a 30 day subscription, and they outline the fees that are required to play after that:

  • 1 Month Subscription: $14.99 (£8.99/€12.99)
  • 3 Month Subscription: $13.99 per month (one-time charge of $41.97/£25.17/€35.97)
  • 6 Month Subscription: $12.99 per month (one-time charge of $77.94/£46.14/€65.94

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53. Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic December Launch; Pricing Details Sep 25, 2011, 08:31 Asmo
El Pit wrote on Sep 25, 2011, 03:09:
So it's $60 plus another $78 for the six months I would play it? $138 for a game? Sorry, that's too much for me. Plus: I wouldn't sign the ToS.

I'm not sure what the big deal over the monthly sub is...

I've paid 89 AUD (so ~89 USD) for a game that I've finished in 10-15 hours (more than one actually ). Compare this to most MMO's I've played where I usually last 2-3 months and get up to a couple of hundred hours, your cost per hour value for MMO's is much lower.

Of course, a lot of that time is spent doing shuttle missions or grinding etc, but if you aren't interested in MMO gameplay, then fretting over how much it costs to play an MMO is kinda redundant, right?

That being said, I've sunk about 300 hours in to M&B:Warband thanks to some great mods out there for 20 odd bucks, so obviously your mileage varies, but MMO's are relatively inexpensive. For the same cost as purchase + 3 months sub, me and the wife could go to a cinema 2-3 times. For collectors + 3 months sub, we'd be lucky if it covered the cost of one visit to our favourite French restaurant...
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