Via Play.tm. EA Games’ apparently spending somewhere in the region of 100 million USD getting BioWare’s Star Wars: The Old Republic up and running.
Given that the publisher’s typical development budget for a game is around 30 million USD they are pouring a sizeable investment into BioWare’s first MMO and see it as a major title in the future of the company.
EA’s chief financial officer, Eric Brown, went so far as to say that SWTOR was the “largest ever development project, period, in the history of the company.”
US$ 100 mil is not so much when you consider that World of Warcraft took that much to launch back in 2004.
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Star Wars: The Old Republic | Developer: Bioware
Plot. The story takes place in the Star Wars fictional universe shortly after the establishment of a tenuous peace between the re-emergent Sith Empire and the Galactic Republic, 300 years after the events of the Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic games and more than 3,500 years before the events in the Star Wars films. (From Wikipedia)