12 Jan

Though EA CEO John Riccitello already hinted at the news in a financial call with investors last night, LucasArts has officially confirmed that a release date of Spring 2011 is currently being targeted for Bioware’s MMORPG Star Wars: The Old Republic.

Confirming the news to IncGamers.com, LucasArts made the following statement:

While we have not announced a specific date, we can confirm that we are targeting a spring 2011 release for Star Wars: The Old Republic.   We’ve got a lot of exciting updates and reveals planned throughout 2010, including the first-ever hands-on testing for the game. It’s not too late to sign up to be a game tester, so go to www.swtor.com/tester and sign up today. We can’t wait to share more about the game with you as we progress through the year, so make sure you stay tuned to the official website for details.

In a conference call held with investors last night, Riccitiello stated that “one key driver is going to be the launch date of our major MMO. As it stands today, the game is making great progress towards a spring 2011 launch.” Star Wars: The Old Republic was the only logical ‘major MMO’ Riccitiello could have been referring to, as no other MMOs are known to be in production at an EA-owned studio.