EA has revealed that the release date for Star Wars: The Old Republic is tied to the data that they collect during the on-going closed beta.
So far the beta has seen over 2 million sign-ups and EA Labels boss Frank Gibeau explained to CVG about how the beta will be used.
“We’re driving towards a date, but the very issue you raised is why we’re not announcing a date yet because you want to make sure that these services can last a decade,”
“It is definitely tied to the beta test feedback that’s ongoing and so far, so good. We feel good about the date that we’re heading towards but you’re right, you could have a Crazy Ivan show up in the September/October beta test and be like, ‘wow, I’ve got to fix that’.”
“You’ve got to have a great launch and as more and more user feedback comes in we make those polishing decisions on what we’re going to get right and nail,”
“The other thing is, the technology of standing these things up and then getting all the server farms to work together, talk to one another, store character records… it’s extraordinarily complex and so we want a very stable experience”
Do you think that keeping fans in the dark over a release date even after pre-orders have opened is a mistake by EA?