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Star Wars MMO slated for Xmas release

It's been a long time coming, but last weekend's Eurogamer Expo brought news that Bioware's first massively multiplayer online game - Star Wars: The Old Republic will be launched on 22nd December for European players (and 20th December for the US).

Currently in closed beta testing, the game has been openly under development for a few years and is one of the most heavily anticipated MMO releases in recent times, breaking Electronic Arts records for pre-orders. Set thousands of years before the films we know and love Star Wars: The Old Republic features exploration, questind and combat across the galaxy of worlds we've come to know and love, such as Tattooine and Alderaan. With a choice of classes, spanning both Empire and Republic, players will get to enjoy individual and group storylines, work with companions and friends and explore a fully voiced MMO gaming environment.

"In 1977, Lucasfilm created magic with the release of Star Wars. Our goal is to capture some of that magic when we go live with Star Wars: The Old Republic on December 20," said Dr. Ray Muzyka, Co-Founder, BioWare and General Manager, BioWare Label. "This is an incredible moment for everyone at BioWare and our partners at Lucas Arts who have dedicated so much of their lives to building this extraordinary game."

Added Dr. Greg Zeschuk, Co-Founder, BioWare and General Manager of the MMO Business Unit of BioWare, "We appreciate the patience of the millions of fans who have been waiting for the game’s release. When we launch this groundbreaking MMO with world class storytelling this holiday season, we hope you will agree that it was worth the wait."

Star Wars: The Old Republic is available for pre-order now while supplies last. The game purchase includes 30 days of access after which the monthly fee will be £8.99 (with other subscription packages available with multi-month discounts).

Last updated: 03/05/2018 10:46:45

Star Wars

Star Wars is a science fiction film series created by George Lucas. It debuted in 1977 and the first film was quickly retitled to Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. It was followed by two sequels - The Empire Strikes Back in 1980 and Return of the Jedi in 1983. A trilogy of prequel films were launched in 1999 with The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. In 2015 Star Wars returned to the screens for a new trilogy under the control of Disney with The Force Awakens directed by J J Abrams.

A series of spin-offs were launched in 2016 with Gareth Edwards' Rogue One and 2017 will see the second film in the new trilogy, Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi.

Another spin-off will be released in 2018 - Solo - which tells the story of Han Solo before the original Star Wars film and 2019 will round off the third trilogy with the untitled Episode IX.

A fourth trilogy of films has been announced for release after 2020 which will be overseen by Rian Johnson and they will feature entirely new characters and an entirely separate story.

In addition, there are the TV series The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels and a new as yet untitled live action series due to debut some time after 2020.

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