Typical of EA one release date "confirmation" is not enough. Announced today on The Old Republic blog, the highly anticipated MMO is now set for a global release on the 20th of December. A full 2 days earlier than previously confirmed, so the rabid Star Wars fans can now breathe a sigh of relief that no-one can power level before they can.
So what prompted this change? That's anybody's guess, but I very much doubt the majority of fans will mind.