AU Shippin' Out Feb. 27 - March 2: Star Wars: The Old Republic

Star Wars: The Old Republic is released Down Under after a lengthy delay.

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After making Aussie Star Wars fans salivate like a hungry Rancor since December last year, EA and BioWare are finally ready to formally let gamers Down Under play Star Wars: The Old Republic. Players can choose from two factions, the Galactic Republic and the Sith Empire, and they can pick from nine different species. As for the classes, BioWare looked to George Lucas' classic franchise for inspiration, with Jedi knight and bounty hunters among the eight different options.

Just like previous BioWare games, Star Wars: The Old Republic is set before the events of the movies. After a lengthy war between the Sith and the Jedi, a temporary peace has been restored to the galaxy. The game picks up just as a new conflict arises, and decisions made during the game will dictate where the tide of the war goes.

Star Wars: The Old Republic will come with a 30-day trial card, with players then expected to shell out A$32.99 for 60-day subscriptions.

The other game out this week is SSX from EA Sports. Thanks to the use of geo-tagging technology courtesy of NASA, developers were able create over 20 different mountains for players to tear down. While SSX originally had a much darker tone when it was announced in 2010, it has since been revamped to be more in line with previous iterations of the franchise. The game also features a soundtrack of over 40 songs that include the likes of Run-D.M.C.'s It's Tricky and I Gotta Rok by DJ Shadow.

While there are only two games out this week, stay tuned to AU Shippin' out next week as it's going to be a big one! Not only does next Thursday mark the conclusion of Shepard's story in Mass Effect 3, but it'll also be up against the new Twisted Metal game and Street Fighter X Tekken.

March 1, 2012
Star Wars: The Old Republic (PC)
SSX (360, PS3)

Discussion

7 comments
sepir
sepir

And still no details about what servers there will be and how transfers will work for those Aussies that imported/EB imported for them. The should take a leaf out of the social.bioware forums and be more active.

vishisluv7
vishisluv7

They waited so long the Aussies must have seen / read just how bad the game is by now. No hoodwinking the Australians like you did NA. GW2 will utterly destroy these theme park clones if there is any justice.

ranbla
ranbla

Pass on this my Aussie brothers. There are bugs in almost every aspect of the game and Bioware doesn't seem too interested in fixing them in any timely manner.

zlendex
zlendex

Yep, endgame in SW:Tor is non-existent, and the "world pvp" is a joke ;/

canis_rah
canis_rah

Big deal. I ordered from Amazon and played until the beginning of Feb when I unsubbed because I was bored with the same tired old mmo mechanics. Bioware should not have delayed the Australian release; now with a genuinely compelling mmo like Guild Wars 2 gathering momentum, people won't lay out the cash for a stock standard, boring mmo like SWTOR.

snaggleoooo
snaggleoooo

Sorry Bioware, but you delayed too long. With Guild Wars 2 going into beta and probably only a couple of months from launch, they've lost my money. If they released at the same time as the rest of the world, they would have got at least 6 months out of me.

brendan-OZ
brendan-OZ

This is good..However its long overdue. I ordered mine in December via Amazon and had it shipped to Aus. I have just unsubscribed because I personally didn't enjoy endgame. I will likely come back in a year when there is a substantial amount of new content added.