EA spent a fortune on Star Wars: The Old Republic's development

Posted on January 21, 2012 - 12:00pm by Ryan Conway

Not only is Star Wars: The Old Republic a solid MMO experience, with a world record breaking voice cast/writing team, but it also has a budget of epic proportions.

According to a report in the L.A. Times, SWTOR cost EA roughly $200 million and counting to develop. I say and counting considering that BioWare will be developing  add-on expansions down the line. 

We all know that developing  a project with the depth and complexity of SWTOR isn't a cheap endeavor, but it could be said that a fair share of that cost could have been the salaries for the 800+ staff it took to complete the game, which is actually a very good thing. 

Will the incredibly high investment pay off for the folks over at EA? Well, that all depends on how many of the million registered users remain once the free trail expires. But I'm going to go out on a limb and predict that they will. 

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