SWTOR pre-orders keep climbing, now close to 1 million

Star Wars: the Old Republic pre-orders are building up like a Death Star that will annihilate all other records in the MMO galaxy.

Industry sales tracker VGChartz, in its latest weekly update, has so far tallied 865,669 pre-orders for the sci-fi MMO due out on December 20.

The game is now number 1 on the VGChartz pre-order chart, beating out big console titles like Assassin’s Creed: Revelations and The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.

While VGChartz only tracks digital pre-orders in the Americas, we find the number to be extremely impressive. SWTOR pre-orders have already beaten those recorded by VGChartz for World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, which only reached around 500,000.

SWTOR is gaining roughly 60,000 pre-orders a week, and with six weeks to go before it launches worldwide, it’s all but assured to breach the 1 million mark on VGChartz. Add in the expected brisk sales on Origin.com and countless retail stores, then that 1 million number could easily balloon to multi-million box sales.

We keep rooting for SWTOR because we feel too many MMOs are either closing down or going the free-to-play route, which isn’t a bad thing, but also not a good thing.

Plus we are hearing quite positive things about SWTOR — from the class storyline quests to voice-acted SWTOR credits missions – which make it familiar like World of Warcraft, but better. Do you agree? Our Facebook and Twitter fan pages are always open for Jedi roundtable discussions.