Star Wars: TOR hitting Australia, Asia on March 1

EA confirms Australian release date for BioWare's upcoming sci-fi MMORPG; free character transfer to Asia Pacific servers for local players.

EA Australia today confirmed that BioWare's much-anticipated Star Wars: The Old Republic will be released in Australia on March 1.

The Force has been strong with The Old Republic.

In September last year, EA revealed Australia would not be included in the game's launch territories, which included the US, Canada, and 20 European countries. Star Wars: TOR debuted on December 20, 2011; since its launch, the game has sold more than 2 million copies and amassed 1.7 million active subscribers.

EA said players in the March 1 launch region--which includes Australia, as well as New Zealand, Hong Kong, and Singapore--who currently have or have had an active Star Wars: The Old Republic account prior to February 28, 2012, will have the opportunity to request a free character transfer for a limited time to an Asia Pacific server after March 1.

The Old Republic--which reportedly cost $200 million to develop--was released in December to a warm critical reception after six years of development. The game welcomed its first content expansion--Rise of the Rakghouls--last month.

For more on Star Wars: The Old Republic, check out GameSpot's review.

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kiopta1
kiopta1

I actually love this game...but i spent sooo much time playing during early release and launch that i need a break and now my mind is stuck on ME3. I hope it continues to do well cause I want more content for my Knight and BH.

FatmanAB
FatmanAB

@jono_51 unfortinatley IT IS (if your using ORIGIN or EVEN the retail) i mean i can choose us or uk but why not for my country im living in saudi arabia i play wow and lol using my country account

jono_51
jono_51

@FatmanAB The Old Republic isn't region locked...

Daemoroth
Daemoroth

@savaxe, I don't get it either. Especially since all "releasing in Australia" means is taking one of their West Coast servers, adjusting the server time and adding an "Oceanic" label to it. Anybody in Oz who buys the game locally is, well, an idiot. JB/EB will charge $100 for it while Amazon sells it for $50.

holtrocks
holtrocks

Hit lvl 50 with my merc and im done/

Leir_Bag
Leir_Bag

Is it far from getting a Brazilian release? So far, we only have World of Warcraft, and I really wanna play this game, me being a big huge fan of Star Wars.

FatmanAB
FatmanAB

PLEEEEEAAAAASSSSEEE also in middle east and east europe S*&^ making this game a region locked is EPIC FAIL .... its like EA giving finger for non those countrys

edmond_villamor
edmond_villamor

Congrats to Bioware (who knew? smirk) for bringing down WoW's number of subscribers and for the first time in a long time lost more subscribers from the previous years, and that is when they released F2P which should not have happened.

GuilhermeHQ
GuilhermeHQ

Any news about a South American release? :D

savaxe
savaxe

Its not a violent game like mortal kombat.What the heck is wrong with EA to take so much time to release the game inAustralia and NZ. hmm strange.... :O

finaleve
finaleve

Pretty sure the Aus/NZ people were already playing this game, just on our servers. Took them long enough I guess...

MaxStar360
MaxStar360

OK, I HAVE to say this: What on earth took them so long? First they refuse to sell the CE in Australia and now they have taken nearly 2 and a half months to even release it here?!?

Sonic_Cannon
Sonic_Cannon

@muerte4: They will be based in Australia, according to Gameplanet NZ this afternoon.

muerte4
muerte4

Where are the Asia Pacific servers based exactly?

jhon9728
jhon9728

are they adding oceanic based servers so that we get less latency? or just tagged like WoW's?