BioWare Puts Star Wars: The Old Republic Up for Pre-Order

Everyone who doesn't hate Star Wars, and I assume that's still most of you, BioWare just snipped the inaugural tape off its pre-order page for Star Wars: The Old Republic. Get thee over there now, especially if you want to grab one of the special editions, or lock down a code that'll give you "early game access" and "exclusive in-game content."

The $150 "collector's edition" looks pretty loaded: a statute, collectible metal cases for the game discs, an annotated journal, a map of The Old Republic's galaxy, a "custom security authentication key," the game's soundtrack, and all of that tucked inside a "high-quality collector's edition" box. Grab this and you'll also get 30 days of game time, and these online goodies: a flare gun, training droid, holodancer, holocam, game vehicle, a mouse droid, and special in-game vendor with "unique" items.

The $80 "digital deluxe edition" strips the collector's edition of its physical goodies but keeps the 30 days of game time and narrows the online items to these five: the flare gun, training droid, holodancer, holocam, and game vehicle.

And last but not least, the surprisingly high-priced $60 "standard edition" is just what you'd expect it to be: the game discs stuffed inside your average game box.

All pre-orders are eligible for an "early game access" code, but BioWare cautions that "Pre-order quantities are limited and will be processed in the order they are received."

It sounds like Bioware's also planning "beta test weekends" beginning sometime in September and open to "selected" players. No need to pre-order the game, registration appears to be open to anyone interested at www.StarWarsTheOldRepublic.com.

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