BioWare has announced that Star Wars: The Old Republic will launch on the 20th of December in North America and the 22nd of December in Europe.

No date was provided for the delayed launch of the MMO in Australasia.

The subscription model has also been unveiled. Star Wars: The Old Republic will have an ongoing monthly subscription fee of US$14.99 per month, or US$41.97 per three months.

Each copy of the game will come with 30 days free play.

The announcement was made at the Eurogamer Expo. Speaking with the eponymous publication, BioWare co-founder Greg Zeschuk predicted that Star Wars: The Old Republic would be the biggest MMO launch in history.

“What's interesting is that [Star Wars: The Old Republic] is going from zero to 60 immediately. When we flip that switch to go on, it's global.”

“World of Warcraft only launched in North America in 2004 and it was six months later in Europe. Korean games launch slowly. We're taking a - it's a big launch.”