Gauntlet Thrown: The Old Republic Matches WoW's Subscription Fee, Gets Release Date

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Every MMO with any sense is headed for the bountiful hills of free-to-play, and it's not hard to see why: Down in subscription valley, two Godzilla-sized juggernauts are about to go to war. In one corner, we have perennial 800 lb gorilla king World of Warcraft, and in the other, EA's own Death Star, The Old Republic. And as it turns out, TOR's decided to rush WoW head-on this holiday season. That's right: $15 a month . It's as if a million wallets cried out in terror and weren't suddenly silenced – but will be eventually after many expansion packs and half-hearted utterances of “Oh, I'll cancel it later.”

On top of that, the different subscription tiers are even shamelessly cribbed from WoW's notes, with a bulk three month package totaling out to $13.99/month and six months going for $12.99/month.

So, when will BioWare's opus get into an extremely fatal collision with your social life? Why, December 20 , of course – just in time for you to weasel out of holiday family obligations to go play it. After all, what did family ever do for you? If you're anything like us, you were raised by the scene where Darth Vader cuts off Luke's hand. And you liked it .

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