Star Wars: The Old Republic was released for pre-orders today but, for some reason, Australians are not able to pre-purchase the game, with the message "Star Wars: The Old Republic is not available in your region" appearing on the game's official website.
This adds credence to earlier rumours stating that the game would be delayed in Australasia.
Stephanie Bendixsen of Good Game tweeted that she was told by EA reps that the upcoming MMO Star Wars: The Old Republic had "been delayed for Australasia" around E3 time, but when we spoke to EA directly we were informed that nothing concrete had been decided, since the game's release date hadn't been decided yet.
There is still no official release date, but the fact that the official site claims that "[t] o maintain a high quality of service, only certain regions worldwide will be able to pre-order Star Wars: The Old Republic" suggests that there will be some sort of staggered release of the game in different areas. It seems as though Australia will not be among the first regions set up for Star Wars: The Old Republic.
It could also be the case, however, that its simply the 'early access' that the pre-order provides that Australia is excluded from. Hopefully this is the case and there isn't too long of a delay for Australians.
We've contacted EA for more details, and will update the story as soon as we receive more information.
UPDATE: A Kotaku reader has had a response email from Bioware Customer Service stating the following:
In North America, Star Wars™: The Old Republic™ will be available for pre-order in the following countries:
United States of America Canada
In Europe, Star Wars™: The Old Republic™ will be available for pre-order in the following countries:
Austria Belgium Czech Republic Denmark Finland France Germany Greece Hungary Ireland Italy Netherlands Norway Poland Portugal Russia Spain Sweden Switzerland United Kingdom
At pre-order AND LAUNCH, Star Wars™: The Old Republic™ will be available only in the countries listed above. Details on additional countries are not available at this time, but will be released when available.