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Signs continue to point toward a holiday season 2011 release date for one of the most highly-anticipated MMORPGs of all time: Star Wars: The Old Republic. While no date has been officially announced, the recent announcement of the game’s various editions is a good indicator that the game will be on store shelves before long.
There are three different versions of the game available for purchase: the Standard, Digital Deluxe, and Collector’s Editions.
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Pre Order Bonuses
Pre orders for the game are now open. Once you pre order, you’ll be given a unique code that you can then enter on the official Star Wars: The Old Republic page. This code will grant you early access to the game, as well as a unique “color stone.”
The exact timeline for early access has not yet been announced, but if previous MMO launches are any indication, you can expect it to be a few days before the official launch.
The pre order site claims that early access will be granted in the same order as the pre order codes are redeemed, so there is some incentive for jumping on the pre order bandwagon as early as possible.
The other pre-order bonus, the “color stone,” will allow you to change the color of your in-game “weapon effect.” One would have to assume that it will let you customize lightsabers and perhaps blaster fire as well.
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It also comes with one thing you probably weren’t expecting, a 60 dollar price tag. That’s right SW:TOR will be one of the first PC games to join Xbox 360 and PS3 games at the $59.99 price point.
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Digital Deluxe Edition
The Digital Deluxe Edition of the game is only available from origin.com, EA’s Steam-like direct delivery service.
Those who choose the DDE will receive everything mentioned above, except for the box, as well as a few additional in-game goodies. They include:
- The Flare Gun: an in-game item that, according to the description on the pre order page, “fires flares into the air.”
- The Training Droid: a “small but advanced training droid to hover at your side for combat assistance.”
- The HoloDancer: a source of portable entertainment featuring a holographic dancer.
- The HoloCam: a method of recording in-game adventures for future playback.
- The STAP: an in-game vehicle bearing a passive resemblance to the STAPs used by the droid army in The Phantom Menace.
Looking to pick up all these in-game advantages? The Digital Deluxe Edition of the game will cost you $79.99
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The Collector’s Edition of the game includes all the great in-game goodies mentioned above, but adds a few physical items, as well.
- The Journal of Master Gnost-Dural: A 111 page supplemental notebook, featuring sketches and notes from the Jedi Master. Includes exclusive artwork and information about the game.
- Darth Malgus Statue: Made by Gentle Giant studios, this 9 inch statue brings one of the game’s main villains to life.
- The Old Republic Galaxy Map: 14 x 20 inch map featuring the known galaxy of SW:TOR.
- Security Authentication Key Fob: a custom authenticator for your game account.
- Music of Star Wars: The Old Republic CD: 17 tracks from the game.
- Exclusive Collectible DVD Case: protect your game DVD in style with this metal case.
The Collector’s Edition also includes the following additional in-game items:
- Mouse Droid: an exclusive in-game droid to follow you on your adventures.
- Collector’s Edition Store: an in-game bazaar where you can purchase a “variety of items” to assist you in your journey to becoming “a galactic legend.”
All these unique bonuses and advantages don’t come for free, however. If you’re interested in the Collector’s Edition of Star Wars: The Old Republic, prepare to shell out $149.99 to acquire it.
Gamers looking to jump into Bioware’s supposed WoW killer will have several options to choose from. Do you want to look like a scruffy nerf hearder on foot while all your friends roll past on their sweet custom STAPs? Or perhaps you’d like to show off just how much disposable income you possess and gain access to the exclusive Collector’s Edition Store?
The choice is yours. Hopefully, it’s one we’ll all be making before the end of 2011.
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