Posted on Monday, August 22nd, 2011 at 7:00 PM by dbrunner
In a surprising move, EA has announced that when Star Wars: The Old Republic is released, copies will be limited for both digital and physical copies of the game. The PC-based MMO is expected to debut during the holiday season this year, but no exact release date has been announced.
Taking the sting out of the news, which was initially reported by Gamasutra confirming a Game Informer report, is the idea that EA is limiting the release in order to make sure its servers are up to the job from day one. An unnamed representative for EA and developer BioWare told Gamasutra, “We are limiting launch quantities of Star Wars: The Old Republic to ensure players have a smooth and high quality game experience and service at launch.”
Currently EA and BioWare have not given fans any idea how many pre-sell copies will be allowed, but once the sales quota is hit, EA says it will work to expand its server capacities. Once that happens, new gamers will again be able to purchase the Star Wars game and download the MMO to play. Unfortunately EA has no idea if that will take hours, weeks, or a longer amount of time.