Looks like the rumors about the Star Wars: The Old Republic preorders going on sale today are true! EA recently unveiled three preorder editions of the game. All three preorder package options include early game access, a lightsaber/blaster bolt color changing stone in-game item, and 30 days of game time.
Early game access appears to be the "head start" period that directly precedes the launch of the game. No date has been announced (yet), and preordering will not reveal a launch date or provide an estimate, but the preorder FAQ indicates that the order in which preorder codes are redeemed at the official SWTOR site determines how soon you get your early game access, once that head start period begins.
(Just a quick FYI, it appears that Origin is taking $5 deposits for the Standard and Digital Deluxe Editions, which is a bit rare for digital pre-orders. - DannyMcGeek)
Standard Edition (Digital and Physical)
Price: $59.99 (£45)
The Standard Edition of Star Wars: The Old Republic comes with all of the essentials that you will need to get into the game, including the game software and thirty days of game time. The Standard Edition will be available in both physical copies that will be sold at most video game retailers, and a digital edition that is exclusive to Origin.com.
Digital Deluxe Edition (Digital only)
Price: $79.99 (£60)
The Digital Deluxe Edition of Star Wars: The Old Republic, is available exclusively through Origin.com, comes with both the game software and thirty days of game time. In addition, the Digital Deluxe Edition of Star Wars: The Old Republic comes with the following digital items that your characters can use in the game:
- Flare Gun: Fires flares into the air.
- Training Droid: Hovers at your side for combat assistance.
- HoloDancer: Project your own holographic dancer.
- HoloCam: Keep visual records of in-game adventures.
- STAP (Single Trooper Aerial Platform): Sleek and unique in-game vehicle.
Limited Collector's Edition (Physical only)
Price: $149.99 (£130)
(It appears this edition is already sold out on the Origin store, you may be able to find it elsewhere. -DannyMcGeek)
The limited Collector’s Edition of Star Wars: The Old Republic can only be purchased physically. Packaged with thirty days of game time and all of the virtual items that are included in the Digital Deluxe Edition, the Collector’s Edition comes with a number of physical and digital collector's items that you cannot get anywhere else:
- The Journal of Master Gnost-Dural: 111 pages of notes and sketches by the revered Jedi Master from the early years of the Great Hyperspace War between the Galactic Republic and the Sith Empire. Features never-before-seen artwork and all-new information.
- Darth Malgus statue: The villainous Darth Malgus comes to life with this exclusive 9 in. collectible statue from Gentle Giant studios.
- The Old Republic Galaxy Map: 14 x 20 in. at-a-glance look at the known galaxy.
- Security Authentication Key Fob: Keep your Lightsaber and credits safe with this custom Security Authentication Key Fob for your game account.
- Music of Star Wars: The Old Republic CD: Seventeen orchestral music tracks from The Old Republic.
- Star Wars: The Old Republic game: The full Star Wars: The Old Republic game on DVD-ROM in a collectible metal case.
The following virtual in-game items are exclusive to the Collector’s Edition:
- Exclusive Mouse Droid: A faithful droid to join you on your adventures.
- Exclusive Collector's Edition Store: Unique in-game store with a dynamic array of items to assist you from your humble beginnings through your journey to become a galactic legend.