Report Estimates SWTOR Cost Over $200m To Make

By Darryl Kaye on January 21, 2012, 12:23PM EST

A new report has estimated that Star Wars: The Old Republic, BioWare's latest foray into the world of game development, may have cost EA upwards of $200m during the game's initial development phase.The report comes from the Los Angeles Times, who believe it took more than 800 employees over six years to create the huge Star Wars game which release towards the end of December. The also believe development costs will continue to increase as BioWare look to add additional content to the game, and add staff in other areas.Currently the game is going through a 30-day trial period, where nobody has to pay. However, that's soon coming to an end, and anyone who sticks around will be charged a $15 monthly subscription fee. It's believe that there are around one million people playing the game at the moment, which would present a nice return for EA if that's the case.Patch 1.1 was the most recent to be released, but BioWare has been very active with attempting to fix any game breaking problems. Fortunately, there have been very few, as we discussed in our recent impressions article.

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