According to the man who's had to write the cheques for the game's development, Electronic Arts is taking massive multiplayer online title The Old Republic seriously. Very seriously.

Speaking at a Wedbush Morgan Securities get-together earlier today, EA's Eric Brown revealed that the upcoming Star Wars: The Old Republic MMO is the "largest ever development project, period, in the history of the company".

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For a company with so many big games in its back catalogue, that's a big project. To give you an idea on how big, Brown guesses that genre superpower World of Warcraft has so far cost Blizzard around USD$100 million. Considering the average game costs between $20 and $30 million to develop, you can see EA isn't screwing around on its Star Wars MMO.

SWTOR is EA's "largest ever" project [Eurogamer]