'Star Wars: The Old Republic' Now Available for Pre-Order

12:05 PM PST 07/21/2011 by Sofia M. Fernandez
Lucas Films

Three editions of the virtual game are available starting at $59 for the standard package; additional details to be revealed at Comic-Con Thursday.

BioWare, LucasArts and EA opened up pre-orders for their Star Wars: The Old Republic game on Thursday.

Pre-orders are broken down into three categories which all allot 30 days of game time: standard edition, digital deluxe edition and collector's edition. The standard edition costs $59 and includes early game access and color stone. The $79 digital deluxe set throws in a flare gun, training droid, holodancer, holocam and STAP, an in-game vehicle that looks like a futuristic Segway. For $149, players taking the collector's edition will receive all of the above plus items like a collectible metal case, a CD of music from the game and an exclusive mouse droid.

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Parties who sign up during the limited pre-sale frame for the MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game) will gain early access and a color stone to change a weapon effect.

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The collector's edition has already sold out at Origin.com but is still available in limited supply at participating retailers.

According to the pre-order page, the "order in which you redeem your pre-order code is the order in which you will gain early game access before the game's official release." Pre-order codes expire Dec. 31, 2012.

The game has been targeted for a holiday 2011 release.

BioWare and LucasArts will reveal additional info about Star Wars: The Old Republic at Thursday's Comic-Con panel at 3:30 p.m.

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Additionally, gamers can test the product at the Hilton Gaslamp Quarter Hotel through Sunday, or attend a meet and greet Saturday night at 7 p.m. at the hotel.

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