EA: Star Wars: TOR has not cost $300 million

Written by Joe Martin

February 2, 2011 // 10:23 a.m.

Tags: #bioware #electronic-arts #mmo #mmorpg #old-republic #star-wars #star-wars-mmo #star-wars-the-old-republ #star-wars-the-old-republic #star-wars-tor

Electronic Arts has rubbished rumours that upcoming MMORPG Star Wars: The Old Republic has cost $300 million to make, a figure which came from a supposed ex-EA insider.

Speaking in a conference call to investors, EA CEO John Riccitiello said that the game would become profitable at around 500k users, but that 'anything north of one million subscribers is a very profitable business'.

'Essentially it turns on a dime from being quite sharply negative in terms of its EPS impact to positive the day the product ships,' he continued, according to GI.biz (login required).

'There's been a fair amount of talk on various blogs, describing spends that are vastly higher than anything we've ever put in place. Some of them, they bring a chuckle but they also bring a frustration for those that are being responsible in the management of EA's R&D dollars when they read sort of falsehoods out of the press.'

EA's CFO, Eric Brown, has previously described Star Wars: The Old Republic as 'the largest ever development project, period, in the history of the company.'

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