news\ Nov 10, 2011 at 10:12 am

Star Wars: The Old Republic Tops 800K Pre-Orders in the Americas

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Yesterday, it was revelealed that the once massive online RPG World of Warcraft had lost 1.7 million subscribers since October 2010.  Where are those users going?

If pre-orders are any indiciation, many ex-WoW players could be heading to upcoming MMORPG Star Wars: The Old Republic.  Slated for a December 20th, worldwide release date, VG Chartz latest estimates has SWTOR breaking 800K pre-orders in the Americas alone.  As of the week ending November 5th, VG Chartz estimates 802,976 pre-orders have been made for the highly anticipated MMORPG.

With European countries not included in those numbers, and the game still having 7 weeks left until launch, it's safe to say Star Wars: The Old Republic will comfortably host over a million-plus players at launch.

According to BioWare's latest panel at the New York Comic-Con Star Wars: The Old Republic has logged 4.8 million testing hours and has over 200,000 forum posts a week.  Other details about the game can be found here. BioWare has continued to send out beta invites so be sure to check your email.

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