“Blind we are, if creation of this release date we could not see.” – Yoda(?)
OMG, OMG, OMG, squeeeeeeee!! It’s time cue up your favorite Star Wars celebration music and do the Wookiee dance (it’s like the Snoopy dance only furrier) because the launch date for the Old Republic has been announced. OMG, OMG, OMG, squeeeeeeee!!
December 20, 2011. It’s not a date that I would have guessed, but it’s one that makes perfect sense. Star Wars Galaxies (SWG) is officially ending on December 15th. With the possible exception of early access, fans of SWG will get to enjoy the grand finale without feeling like they’re missing out by not logging into SWTOR. That’s a +5 to classy moves for BioWare.
And the there’s the whole Blizzard conspiracy theory. Grab your tin foil hats and sit back. The rumor is that this release date has been established for some time, and that Blizzard got wind of it, and radically changed their plans for Cataclysm.
In the wake of dwindling subscription numbers, Blizzard opted to eliminate an entire tier of content and make the next content patch be the Deathwing raid, and the final content patch of Cataclysm. Oh, and the anticipated release of patch 4.3? You guessed it, December 2011. You can remove your tin foil hats now.
So December 20, 2011 is the big date. Would I have loved for it to come out sooner? Absolutely, but am I surprised by the date they chose? Not really. That said, I certainly didn’t guess it either.
Blind am I, but how about you, did you call it or were you surprised?