Star Wars MMO still on for 2011, probably

The release date of Star Wars: The Old Republic, BioWare’s long-awaited jab at the MMO genre, has been a bit of an elusive one. As the currently planned second half of 2011 release approaches though — a target once more confirmed by EA’s recently released Q4 FY11 and FY11 financial results —  there’s still no indication of a narrower release window. One certainly wasn’t given during the publisher’s earnings call yesterday.

The ‘going-right-at-WoW’ MMO was said to be the “biggest event of the year”… should it actually release this year, that is; there’s still an “outside possibility” for a slip to calendar 2012.

Said CFO Eric Brown: “Although we fully anticipate launching Star Wars: The Old Republic [between July and December], the low end of our guidance range assumes the outside possibility of a January [quarter] launch.”

A Q1 2012 release would put the title next to a few other EA RPGs, namely Mass Effect 3 and Kingdoms of Alamur: Reckoning.

On we go then, with no date to speak of. Since EA isn’t keen on ‘tipping off the competition’ either, as Games division president Frank Gibeau put it, best not expect one until there’s more clarity on the subject within the company itself.