BioWare has reiterated that it's targeting a 2011 release for Star Wars: The Old Republic, but says delays are always a possibility when it comes to launching games of the MMO's scale.
Responding to comments made earlier this month by EA CFO Eric Brown, in which the exec said the publisher had factored a potential delay to 2012 into its financial guidance, BioWare's online community manager Stephen Reid told fans:
"We are in active and extensive testing for The Old Republic. We're aiming to release the game in the holiday 2011 window (or, before the end of the year, to speak in non-American for a minute).
"However, as with any large and complex game project, there's always the possibility of slippage. Always. That is why we have always said we're aiming for that window, because it's possible that unforeseen issues may push the date. Eric Brown is doing what he's paid to do - letting investors know that the possibility exists. A possibility doesn't mean a certainty.
"Despite what doom-sayers may try and tell you, we are still very much aiming to ship in the holiday 2011 window (AKA, before the end of the year)," Reid added. "We're pushing out a major new build, we're getting in our external testers to look at it soon, and then we'll re-start our Game Testing Weekends.
"Are there risks? Yeah, that goes with game development. Do we think we're getting much, much closer? Yes we do. And when we feel confident about an exact date, you'll get one. Rest assured."
Sony Online Entertainment president John Smedley said earlier this week that he believes The Old Republic will be "the last large scale MMO to use the traditional subscription business model".