Aussie gamers to miss out on Star Wars: TOR at launch

EA confirms Australia is not a launch territory for the game; does not comment on when TOR will launch Down Under.

In August this year, EA confirmed that it would be capping the number of Star Wars: The Old Republic copies available at launch through both retail and digital channels to ensure server stability.

The publisher announced it has already established what the exact number of copies sold will be, but it refused to make this figure public. Once this figure is reached, EA plans to cease selling Star Wars: The Old Republic while it expands server capacity and resume sales only after the player load is accommodated.

Aussie gamers will have to wait to swing a lightsaber.

Earlier this week, the publisher revealed the game will debut on December 20 in North America and December 22 in Europe, but it said no more about other territories.

However, it is now confirmed that Australia is not a launch country for the game, with EA telling GameSpot AU today:

"Star Wars: The Old Republic will be available at launch in the US, Canada, and 20 European countries including Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia (standard edition only), Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom."

EA would not comment on whether the game would be released Down Under before Christmas this year or whether Aussie users will have to wait until next year. EA also did not comment when asked if the decision to leave Australia out of the launch territories had to do with its aforementioned plan to ensure server stability at launch by capping the number of copies sold.

Aussie EB Games stores also seem to have no knowledge of when the game will launch in Australia and is advising customers to import copies of the game if they wish to play it at launch.

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41 comments
Erfun98
Erfun98

Eurgh, ive been waiting four or five years for this then felt excited about december then pissed when I know that I have to wait even longer. Ouch

PrplMnkyDshwsr7
PrplMnkyDshwsr7

Why release in Greece ahead of Australia...hoping to quell some of the uprisings there? Can Greece even afford to buy the game? How bad is it gonna look for the EU to hand Greece bailout money...prolly use it for SW:ToR, lol

dg3215
dg3215

A little off topic, but I noticed that WoW has been advertising on this site a lot lately, so I have to wonder will TOR get a poor review by GS the day after launch or will they take their time with it and give it a true review. I'm callin a 6 to 7.5 on the review.

MrAramil
MrAramil

ha ha! (points finger at australia)

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

@ Mr_Kindheart Thank you for clearing that up. It's hard to tell what a game will be rated in another country if you've never been there and have had some examples to base it off of.

marco0798
marco0798

Epic news, now I can only hope for mac and IP bans for anyone outside of EU/US attempting to play the game i dont like ghosting this was a great bit of news, as usual the trolls at gamespot a months late lol

Redflametrow
Redflametrow

Didn't read all the comments, but I think you could get a digital copy from Origin. There might be some problems and there's still a cap, but that'd likely be how those in Australia could get in.

stuntman_shed
stuntman_shed

So I won't feel a disturbance in the force in December? Dag nab it =(

blaqphantom
blaqphantom

its alright it probably will suck anyway.

Mr_Kindheart
Mr_Kindheart

@FallenOneX, M is essentially our teen rating. It's recommended 15+ (not required), and therefore is basically the "T" rating. MA is 15+ (required).

Macabre_Prince
Macabre_Prince

lol they are releasing in Greece and not Aussie , dumb fks :D

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

@ GhoX According to all the sites I looked up, Australia doesn't have a "T for Teen" rating. So will it me labeled "M" over there or "PG". BTW, it was never a dig on the Aussie ratings system, just a query.

TurambarGS
TurambarGS

Bit soured that we're not in at launch officially but I'd import it anyway, purely because it's cheaper, so I guess it doesn't make a heap of difference.

Daemoroth
Daemoroth

Whether it launches in Oz or not makes no difference, if people buy it locally they'll still have to connect to the servers in the US. As long as they don't block Oz IP addresses, the only difference is that you can get it cheaply from overseas instead of being ripped off by EBGames. On a sidenote, good luck to EA with the launch, gonna be tough to keep it running smoothly with the current amount of pre-orders, and I can only imagine it will go higher.

stryfe6
stryfe6

Just get the game on Amazon if your country isn't listed in the launch plans, I remember having to wait 6 months to play SWG and WoW here in Denmark when they first came out and even then I could have gotten it from Amazon if I didn't wanted to wait for EU release. Even now its pretty expensive in Denmark here at launch, CE is like 220$ bucks. So its not too bad haven't to get it on Amazon if you aren't in a launch country.

Otawo
Otawo

This really isn't news and isn't an update that deserved a blog post. They have been saying on SWTOR.COM for a while now that Australia isn't a launch country but that it won't be ip banned either. Aussies rejoice you can play at launch if you import the game through Amazon.

snugglebear
snugglebear

I know this was announced before, but it's still not good news. Because I worked odd hours, one of the best groups I used to play WoW with was an Australian guild.

DarthPlush
DarthPlush

Edit: 2 million people trying to play a BRAND NEW MMO at launch, all at once. That's a huge server load. WoW had 5% of that at their launch.

DarthPlush
DarthPlush

Considering this has been known information ever since they began taking Preorders, this is very, very old news. That being said - there's already 2 million preorders. That's two million people all trying to play at once. I completely understand their rationale - NA and EU are the two biggest markets, and making sure a smooth launch goes well on their two biggest markets is a fantastic move. While yes, I am disappointed that the retail version of the game won't come out here for a while, I've done what the true fan would do - ordered it from Amazon. They've already said there won't be IP blocking. I get to play with my US friends again!

Reven116
Reven116

Time to order it from the US

evilkenshin1
evilkenshin1

no doubt their goal is that as soon as membership from "greenzones" as bioware call it declines release it in Australian and other "redzone" areas that miss out to bolster the numbers/continue the cash flow

armoo
armoo

If we don't get launch they wont be getting my money...there are plenty of AAA titles this year to choose from, and this wont be one of them.

leiajade
leiajade

If Australia has been bumped to the back seat, what does that mean for us in South Africa?!

Acid_Kenobi
Acid_Kenobi

Not a launch territory?? they picked the F'ing Czech Republic over us??

Azghouls
Azghouls

@Gorakka - ha mate! Well said!

Scorchstar
Scorchstar

why does most MMOs i know available everywhere except AUSTRALIA! its bad enough we pay heaps for games, where in America you could get a New Release for $50. Here in Australia? 120 bucks

arcusstone
arcusstone

Very f#%}{#% disappointed..... EA you suck

Reino
Reino

South America has been left out too... I really wanted this game on launch, but now that EA just doesn't want to take my money I'll go ahead and give it to Blizzard. Diablo won't have a monthly fee anyways

Gorakka
Gorakka

@Gelugon_baat You mean like every other game ever? I think we are used to the 200 ping by now. Makes us play that much better. Hell if we had Australian servers we would be too OP.

Chainer323
Chainer323

wonder how long it'll take gamespot to realize the little mistake on their story

Twin-Blade
Twin-Blade

I quit WoW awhile back due to time constraints but my brother still is into MMOs and was thinking about giving this a go. I'll let him know to forget about it. Guild Wars 2 is the better MMO release anyway.

FlamingFury
FlamingFury

This is a bad move. They're just gonna miss out on Australia completely. This is an online game, i.e. gamers have the internet, and they will know when they've been screwed over.

gameking5000
gameking5000

I thought I read somewhere that EA planned to make it one of the biggest entertainment or MMO launches in history. Well that's exclusive to Europe and NA.

Gorakka
Gorakka

Amazon to the rescue.

GhoX
GhoX

@FallenOneX The game is rated T, of course it'd pass the ratings board. Aussies, and other "red zoners" who want to play the game have already pre-ordered from Amazon US.

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

First of all, I'm a little surprised that the game will pass the Aussie Ratings board in the first place. Second, my surprise is one of the reasons they probably don't have a date for that market. With a game like this, they're going to go where the money is first. I hope a few fellow gamers from down under get a chance to snag a game from somewhere and prove them wrong.

Daddio93
Daddio93

Just have to import it I guess, no biggie.

CamoBullo
CamoBullo

I'm sorry. I'm now fuming with rage.

THGarrett
THGarrett

It's actually December 20 in NA, not November.