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Star Wars: The Old Republic beyond March 2011, says EA

Tuesday, 9th February 2010 10:26 GMT By Patrick Garratt

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EA’s confirmed that BioWare’s Star Wars MMO, The Old Republic, won’t make the publisher’s next financial year.

Speaking in EA’s Q3 earnings call last night, CFO Eric Brown said the game won’t ship in the 12 months ending March 31, 2011.

“We are not assuming that we bring a major new MMO to market in fiscal ‘11. We will continue to increase significant development cost as we prepare this title for launch,” he said.

Both EA and Lucas has previously said the game is aiming for a “spring 2011″ release, putting the launch in either April or May 2011.

As CEO John Riccitiello added, the costs involved here are gigantic, so don’t be hugely shocked if this trundles off into the back half of next year.

“It’s a significant cost,” said the exec. “MMOs can cost as much as two to six, seven times as much as a front-line title, if they’re done right.

“It is a major investment for us.”

Brown eased through analyst questions in the call last night by assuring the mega-costs involved in developing the game will be repaid in full.

“I think the important point here is you ask that title goes live, and we’re not giving any specific date, we’ll move from a net OpEx investment mode to a highly profitable op-income contributor,” he said.

“So it’s a pretty important step change, when you compare a year with the MMO active versus the development stage that we’re currently in this fiscal year.”

Get the rest of the news from EA’s Q3 release here.

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11 Comments

  1. f1r3storm

    Uh, Spring runs from March till June.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Patrick Garratt

    God.

    /kills self

    #2 5 years ago
  3. f1r3storm

    :D

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Patrick Garratt

    Edited.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Eregol

    So, what will that put the development time frame to?

    MMOs do need a lot of work though to make sure they’re balanced and what-not.
    As long as they subscribing to the Blizzard methodology of ‘done when it’s done’ then eventually, we’ll all be winners.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Dralen

    Looks like nothings gonna be challenging WoW for a while then.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. The Hindle

    I still cant believe Bioware would rather do an MMO instead of a console based KOTR 3. It wont succeed against WOW

    #7 5 years ago
  8. onlineatron

    My eye sight is bad…

    I got all excited as when the page was all zoomed out (on my phone) it looked like a need article on inFamous 2

    #8 5 years ago
  9. Jadeskye

    They are putting some Serious development time into this.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Phoenixblight

    And that’s fine as long as the release of the MMO doesn’t become anything like AOC release. *shudders*

    #10 5 years ago
  11. Droid

    And here was me thinking that using the hero engine would make development faster. It will be massive when it’s out though. There’s little chance that it won’t succeed.

    #11 5 years ago

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