BioWare heads Dr. Ray Muzyka and Dr. Greg Zeschuk just announced the EU and NA launch dates and subscription options for Star Wars: The Old Republic. December 20th for the NA, and December 22nd for the EU. Yes, of 2011. Mark those calendars!
“This is an incredible moment for everyone at BioWare and our partners at LucasArts who have dedicated their lives to build this extraordinary game. We appreciate the patience from the millions of fans who have been waiting for the game’s release.”
It's also worth noting that those who pre-order will still get early access, so if you're anxious to get in ahead of everyone else and you haven't already done so, you may want to pre-order now.