Star Wars: The Old Republic's early access and release date have been pushed back from the summer into autumn.

The game will now hit the public-at-large on October 14 (back from August), and the expansion's early access program has been similarly affected.

Subscriber early access now starts on August 19 (back from June 24), while preferred members (those who purchase something from the game's online store, which includes subscribers) can start on September 16.

The shift is being done for quality reasons and to finish the promised features. The time will also yield new features such as (text from BioWare):

  • Conquest Events: use the power of your Stronghold to dominate these events and earn rewards

  • Guild Flagships will now offer expanded functionality for Guilds:

    • Provide powerful buffs to Guild members from orbit

    • Transport entire groups to your personal coordinates instantaneously

    • Compete in Conquest Events to conquer entire planets

  • New Stronghold: Tatooine Homestead

  • Vehicles, Mounts, Pets, and Companion Characters can be placed as decorations in Strongholds

For more on the change – including new subscriber deadlines for goodies – check out this official blog post.

[Source: BioWare via Gamespot]


Our Take:
Better a delay than scrambling with a post-launch update. For TOR players, do the added features mitigate the disappointment?