BioWare, a label of Electronic Arts, announced that Star WarsThe Old Republic will launch in North America on December 20, 2011 and in Europe on December 22, 2011.

Set thousands of years before the rise of Darth Vader, Star Wars: The Old Republic is a massively multiplayer online game (MMOG) challenging players with epic quests, featuring dynamic combat across iconic worlds in theStar Wars galaxy such as Tatooine, Alderaan, and Hoth among others. Each of the game’s eight primary classes have their own unique trilogy of storylines, and are fully voiced with a musical score, according to the company.

The game is currently available for pre-order. The pre-order also includes 30 days of access to the game (after which players can continue to play through subscribing). Star WarsThe Old Republic has broken EA pre-order records and won over 95 industry awards and accolades from game critics worldwide, according to a release from the company.

For more information on Star Wars:The Old Republic, you can visit their website.

You can read the official release of the company here.