Bioware and EA announced their plans for early access for Star Wars: The Old Republic. For those who have pre-ordered, beginning December 13 at 6am CST, they will be granted access to the game. Keep in mind however that they are doing a controlled launch, not everyone who pre-ordered will get in the game at that exact time. They are will continue to roll people in the game based on when they redeemed their pre-order codes. You will receive an e-mail stating when your account can access the servers.
During the stress test weekend in November, the game gathered over 725,000 unique gamers that logged in over 9 million hours of gameplay. It’s no secret that this game is going to be big and with the tiered early launch plan they are striving to make the launch as smooth as possible.
Star Wars: The Old Republic launches December 20 in North America and surprisingly, December 13 in Europe.
Source: EA Press Release