Concrete details on the release of BioWare’s Star Wars MMO have finally surfaced. Star Wars: The Old Republic will release in North America on December 20 and Europe on December 22.

The announcement also illuminated the game’s pricing structure. Simply purchasing the game ($59.99) will net you a 30-day subscription. After that, you have several subscription options, similar to those in World of Warcraft. A one-month subscription will cost $14.99, with three-month ($42) and six-month ($78) subscriptions offering slight discounts.

BioWare’s pedigree and its successful history with the Star Wars license (Knights of the Old Republic) could drive sales this December. But with so many big, licensed MMOs going free-to-play (DC Universe Online, Star Trek Online), it will be interesting to see how long The Old Republic’s subscription model lasts.

Source: BioWare

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  • LordanSS - Sunday, September 25, 2011 - link

    To be honest with you.. Jump to Lightspeed was an awesome expansion for Star Wars Galaxies.

    Hanging out with my friends, flying X-Wings, Y-Wings and civ ships to take down the Corvette in Kessel was a rush.

    After that JtL came out, most of our time was spent in space... we'd only come down to planets to sell and buy new stuff and ship parts. Too bad they didn't expand the space experience as much as they could... but I guess you could say the same about the whole game. Tons of potential that never really got delivered. =/
  • Flunk - Saturday, September 24, 2011 - link

    If that's true why didn't the first Guild Wars crush WoW?
  • Vinny DePaul - Saturday, September 24, 2011 - link

    I played Wow. Actually I got an email invitation for me to download the game for free and try for one game.
    Given I bought a copy before (and lost it. This shows how much I enjoyed Wow.) for 40 bucks and tried for 5 days for free (didn't even bother for the remaining 25 days.)
    I hope there are so really good MMO out there. I enjoyed MMO but the pace of most MMOs is so slow....
  • Bullet009 - Sunday, September 25, 2011 - link

    It seems to me that you all have formed an opinion off of someone's else's, which to me, really isn't the proper thing to do. I have played the beta, and I can tell you that it has the same quality/even better then the previous KOTORS had.

    The story and voice-overs are the star points on what makes it different then other MMO's, and yes, I will be buying it, and I will pay the monthly fee of whatever it is "as long as its under 15.00".

    I have been impressed with every aspect of the game, getting onto Tatooine and having pvp going on, nothing beats it. Visually, the game is remarkable, they found their style and have been able to polish it so it looks beautiful.

    If you have doubts, buy the game, and play the 30 free days, form your own opinion, and judge for yourself. And I might just see you.

    Peace is a lie.
  • Spazweasel - Monday, September 26, 2011 - link

    Free-to-play pay-to-win has its advantages, but one of the worst aspects is that it brings in people who have no stake in the game. They will exploit, be absolute jerks, and otherwise make others miserable because they have no financial stake in the game. We've seen this over and over again on FTP games; nothing to lose, so why not start a guild named "KillAllJewFags"?

    I'd like at least one decent game to avoid this sort of thing.
  • nyran125 - Saturday, October 1, 2011 - link

    call of duty elite is $48 a year, no way im spending this much. $14.94 = $179 (+$60 for game) a year. lol. my internet bill per year is already $1260 per year for a 60gb per month plan.

    Imagine if every game had a subscription fee like this and you played 10 or so insane, id have to stop gaming
  • nyran125 - Saturday, October 1, 2011 - link

    p.s i wish people would stop supporting sub fees....Its not like Broadband is cheap or anything by itself.

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