The director of The Old Republic says it would be terrible if something went wrong just as the game was getting going.
After so many years of work on Star Wars: The Old Republic BioWare wants a smooth, bug-free launch, and that's one of the reasons the studio hasn't announced a launch date yet. Game director James Ohlen says that BioWare is keeping quiet about release dates in order to give itself the time to make sure that the game lives up to expectations.
He said that with so much excitement and hype around the game - The Old Republic is apparently breaking EA pre-order records - it would be devastating if the game's servers went down or some other catastrophe occurred. Not just for the fans either, the development team - some of whom had been working on the game since 2006 - would be pretty disappointed, too, if something went wrong.
Ohlen also said that players didn't quite know about everything that The Old Republic had to offer yet. He said that while most of the game's really big components - things like the space battles or the warzones - had been revealed, there was at least one more announcement to come on that scale. There would be a steady stream on information right up until launch, he added, but he could say any more without getting in trouble with the game's PR department.
Star Wars: The Old Republic is available to pre-order now, and theoretically comes out later this year.