While most gamers figure it will be at least a couple more months before they get their hands on Star Wars: The Old Republic, they desperately want to find solace in something like a firm release date. Unfortunately, Electronic Arts still isn’t ready to deliver said release date, but are sticking with a Q4 target.

For EA and BioWare it’s very much the Blizzard approach to this particular MMO: as soon as The Old Republic is finished, then BioWare will start talking release dates, but up until completion they don’t want to give too much away.

Obviously we’ve had some pretty extensive looks at the game — detailed walkthroughs of the game’s classes and whatnot — but knowing when it will release is the most important thing at this point.

You can, however, hop online and pre-order the game, which will grant you earlier access to the game than someone who pre-orders it when an official release date is announced. See, EA knows how badly you want this game, and they want to reward you for your commitment.

And if you’re wondering, yes, Electronic Arts does have a specific date they are shooting for, but they are only discussing it internally. In actuality, there focus is more so trained on Battlefield 3, which has a larger marketing budget and is expected to have a shorter lifespan (FPSes are more disposable than MMOs).

So if you’re looking for a specific time that you can get your hands on The Old Republic, we still don’t have it. What we do have is a ton of content to prepare you for the huge decision of Sith vs. Jedi, and a promise that the game is targeting 2011 as its release year. Will that potentially change? Most likely, but at least fans now have something to look forward to.

When do you think The Old Republic will finally release? Do you think that it is better to announce a release date and then delay the game, so that gamers have a particular day to look forward to?

Star Wars: The Old Republic is targeting Q4 for its release on the PC.

Source: Gamasutra