Jun 142011

EA CEO John Riccitiello spoke at the 2011 William & Blair Stock Growth Conference this morning, saying that the testing for Star Wars: The Old Republic will be in “high scale beta” in the end of June.  He also noted that release date will be dependent on the results of that testing.  Full transcript of the call here.

Ask A Jedi reports on the call here.  Thanks to Steve Thompson for the Facebook chat heads up!

Much excitement and debate on the official forums here.  Stephen Reid advises fans not to get too excited here, here, and  here.

Xzal posted above image in official forumsComments after the jump.

Feb 022011

UPDATE: On Friday Stephen Reid closed the target release date thread started by Sean Dahlberg back in October 2008.  In that thread Sean announced Spring 2011 as the target release date.  Stephen directed readers to his new post regarding BioWare’s release date.  The official release window is no longer “Spring 2011,” but “this year after the end of EA’s fiscal 2011.” Hmmmmm……

Yesterday’s quarterly meeting did not provide any new insight into BioWare’s stated target release date of Spring 2011.  EA CFO Eric Brown told callers that the game would ship “calendar  2011, but after the close of fiscal ’11,” which is a bigger window (April 2011-December 2011) than what the fans have been hearing.  This has led to some debate about whether these release date statements contradict each other.  Although we were disappointed that rumors of pushback were neither confirmed nor denied, we did enjoy some of the lighter moments such as the discussion on lightsabers vs. swords.

Listen to TOR Syndicate’s audio post of TOR-related portions of the conference call here.
Read Darth Hater’s live blog of the conference call here.
Read Ask A Jedi’s live blog here.

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