Rumour: Star Wars: The Old Republic Collector's Edition Details Leak

An online retailer may have outed details on EA and BioWare's ambitious massively multiplayer online game, Star Wars: The Old Republic, its pre-order plans, and its equally massive Collector's Edition a few days earlier than planned, much to the delight of Star Wars fans.

Polish retailer Empik posted (then pulled) details on the Star Wars MMO's pre-order date, July 21. Spanish retailer XtraLife similarly offered fresh details on the The Old Republic, specifically its pricey Collector's Edition.

Here's what that more expensive option (priced at €149.95/$US175) includes, according to associated artwork.

  • Exclusive Gentle Giant Darth Malgus statue
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic game disks in collectible metal case
  • The Journal of Master Gnost-Dural annotated by Satele Shan
  • Old Republic galaxy map
  • Custom Security Authentication Key
  • Exclusive Music of Star Wars: The Old Republic CD
  • High-quality collector's edition box

Includes seven additional digital items

  • Flare Gun: Fires flares into the air.
  • Training Droid: Hovers at your side for combat assistance.
  • HoloDancer: Project your own holographic dancer.
  • HoloCam: Keep visual records of in-game adventures.
  • STAP: Sleek and unique in-game vehicle.
  • Exclusive Mouse Droid: Spunky droid to join your adventures.
  • Exclusive Collector's Edition Store: Unique in-game vendor with a dynamic assortment of items.

A source claiming to have knowledge of EA's plans for Star Wars: The Old Republic tells Kotaku that pre-orders for the game will begin this Thursday, July 21 at 2am CST.

Pre-orders for The Old Republic will come in two flavours, the basic edition and the special Collector's Edition. The total number of pre-orders EA is purportedly taking caps out at 500,000, with only the first 50,000 pre-orders guaranteed, the rest queued in a prioritised waiting list.

Those purchases will only be handled through EA's online store, Origin. Interested customers may want to make sure they have an Origin account in good standing prior to the pre-order launch if they're hungry for a copy.

Still no official release date, we're told - though one of the above European retailers has it listed shipping on November 25 - but that Star Wars: The Old Republic is still expected by end of year.

Kotaku has contacted EA seeking clarification on its pre-order plans, but has not heard back. Consider the above pre-order information unconfirmed until we hear it directly from EA.

Expect more details on Star Wars: The Old Republic at Comic-Con later this week.

Thanks, tipsters, for the heads up.


Comments

    They better be selling this in Australian retail stores, or I'm going fully dark side on some fools. I seem to be gathering a few statues of late...

      As if you haven't pre-ordered from the US!!! I secured my collectors edition months ago!

    Scrap the MMO and make KOTOR 3 dammit!

      Well Blackwater im sry to say but KOTOR 3 is never going to be released, they already went ahead and answered all the unanswered ?'s of KOTOR 1 and 2 . . . which is the reason they went ahead and made this game instead of making KOTOR 3

    Wouldn't it be nice if KotOR 3 was released afterwards? It could happen! ;)

    Wait, are they suggesting you get a boxed special edition through Origin? I was under the impression that they only did digital distribution; can we get any more info on this?

      Hmm, this would not be ideal. If you HAVE to buy it through Origin, that will be a deal breaker for me. Hopefully traditional retail outlets will be selling it, we will have to be quick though, these will sell through very quickly... We need more info as suggested above!

      Woops, didn't realised you'd already asked this, I'm wondering the same thing

    Awesome!!!! Now I really can't wait :)

    Can't be long now!!!

    I'm a bit confused with the Origin thing, do we need to purchase/preorder it through Origin if we want to get the Special special edition? I thought origin was downloads, not actual physical games... or am I missing something? lol

    I generally don't play MMOs, I have a life that tends to get in the way. If they give me a stature and other pointless crap for my man cave I will definitely buy it. Otherwise I'm not interested.

    How the blazes do you buy a hard copy from a Digital Download Service?

    Also, wow, only 50k guaranteed? I see America snapping all those up before EB even opens on Thursday.

    I'm looking forward to this, if only because it's Bioware and they're using the KoTOR fiction.

    But I just wish they'd made KoTOR 3 with today's graphics and AI advances. Could've been everything Dragon Age 2 wasn't.

    I see that EU folks end up subventing the pampered Gringos yet again. 175 USF is 123 euros and 149 euros is 211 USD. The same will probably go with the monthly fee, Yankees getting theirs at a lower price.

    Not available through Steam = Not playing. I want (and have) a single provider for the digital acquisation of games, and it's Steam. Physical copies are so 5 years ago and are a waste of time/space/resources.

    If the only method for a digital copy is the Origin tool, then they lose a sale from me.

    well hopefully the authenticator is from day one at least, the statue looks nice. but me and a housemate are looking forward to this one coming out, till then i got too many things to play to get over hyped about SW:TOR.

    Blizzard has spoilt me with mousepads, hardcover art books and in-game pets. Me want.

    Meh. The cover doesn't look as sexy as the original KotOR.

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