Crowds buzzed around the Star Wars The Old Republic booth for hours upon hours today at GamesCom. Carl got to check it out at EA's private press room, but until then it's best to head to the show floor. If you're in Cologne, of course! However, on a less positive note, unsettling news has emerged today regarding launch quantities for when The Old Republic is released next year.
Game Informer has the scoop, revealing that EA will be limiting copies of Star Wars The Old Republic released to retailers when it launches next year. Why? Well, with their servers still in their infancy, EA want as smooth a launch as possible, so as not to scare off their new user-base.
So, as such, they'll be holding back on stock, despite announcing record pre-order numbers earlier in the week. According to Game Informer - who nabbed the scoop from an EA rep at GamesCom 2011 - EA is far more concerned with a successful launch than record-breaking stats.
I wouldn't worry, though; EA will still ship millions of copies, but a few fans might find themselves kicking their heels for a week or two. The Old Republic has been a massive investment for EA - their biggest yet - and a shaky launch could spell disastrous results. [Game Informer]