It is Christmas in July for Star Wars fans !
EA released a newsletter to investors today, and 2 pieces of info hit me right in my face.
1. "As anticipation grows, BioWare also proudly announced today that Star Wars: The Old Republic will open "Beta Test Weekends" starting this September. These weekend play sessions will be open to selected players worldwide and create an opportunity for fans to get a sneak peek of the epic stories, worlds, quests, battles and characters in the game."
* Beta weekends are usually used months before release to shake out any bugs leading up to an open beta or even release of the game.
2. "We are targeting Star Wars: The Old Republic to be one of the biggest launches of holiday 2011," said Dr. Ray Muzyka, Group General Manager and Co-Founder, BioWare and Senior Vice President, Electronic Arts. "Our teams at BioWare and EA, along with our partners at LucasArts, are laser-focused on creating a high quality game, but just as importantly, they are resolute in delivering a high quality service. We are taking all of the necessary steps to make sure The Old Republic has a thriving community built on a stable online foundation from day one, including limiting supply at launch to ensure that players easily transition into the servers. So whether you're waiting to join the Empire or the Republic, pre-order now to ensure you can enter the galaxy at launch!"
* I think this one speaks for itself. Holiday 2011.
Maybe we will get an official date at ComicCon this weekend! Invite your friends to join the Fan Boy Nation!