SWTOR “Beta Test Weekends” in September; Holiday 2011 launch confirmed

EA’s sent over word of plans to kick off Star Wars: The Old Republic‘s “Beta Test Weekends” sometime in September.

Available to “selected players worldwide,” the weekends are planned as peeks into the “epic stories, worlds, quests, battles and characters in the game.” And to gather lots and lots of data, we’re sure.

Those interested must register over at swtor.com to gain access.

A “holiday 2011” launch is now confirmed as well; “We are targeting Star Wars: The Old Republic to be one of the biggest launches of holiday 2011,” BioWare’s Ray Muzyka says.

Pre-orders for the different editions of the MMO went live earlier today. Grab the details on that here.

Muzyka continues: “Our teams at BioWare and EA, along with our partners at LucasArts, are laser-focused on creating a high quality game, but just as importantly, they are resolute in delivering a high quality service. We are taking all of the necessary steps to make sure The Old Republic has a thriving community built on a stable online foundation from day one, including limiting supply at launch to ensure that players easily transition into the servers. So whether you’re waiting to join the Empire or the Republic, pre-order now to ensure you can enter the galaxy at launch!”