During Electronic Arts' fiscal year 2010 update call today, CEO John Riccitiello cited Star Wars: The Old Republic as a key driver of the company's digital business, noting that the MMO was making "great progress towards a spring 2011 launch".
With all of the character classes revealed, new planets being added to the game's Holonet on a regular basis, and stirrings of beta tests surfacing as early as September of last year, one would think the game was closer than a year and change away. Not so, according to EA's CEO.
"One key driver is going to be the launch date of our major MMO. As it stands today, the game is making great progress towards a spring 2011 launch," Riccitiello said. He then went on to explain that due to the volatile nature of the MMO market and the fact that they have not announced a specific date, they would not be including revenue from the game in their fiscal year 2011 outlook.
EA's fiscal year 2011 runs from April of 2010 to March of 2011.
We've contacted Star Wars: The Old Republic developer BioWare for comment on Riccitiello's statement, and will update should more info arise on the status of the eagerly anticipated title.