Star Wars: The Old Republic Finally Gets An Australian Release Date

If you're a (and I hate using this word...) hardcore MMO fan, chances are you're already playing Star Wars: The Old Republic via other means, but it looks as though Bioware has finally announced an official release date for the game in Australia.

Posting on the Official Star Wars: The Old Republic forums, Bioware's Stephen Reid confirmed that the team were set to release the game in the first quarter of 2012. Internally the team are shooting for March 1.

"We can confirm that Star Wars: The Old Republic will be launching in Australia and New Zealand in the spring of 2012," he posted.

"Right now we are targeting March 1st, but that could change as our number one priority is making sure that customers have a great service to play on."

According to Stephen, Bioware was also hoping to find a solution for those who have imported the game — enabling them to play on the local servers when the game is launched in Australia.

"For those of you who may have already imported the game," he wrote, "we will be investigating solutions to allow you to continue to play on a local server once they come online in March."

Good news all round — particularly with regards to the effort and thought being put into serving the fans who have imported the game for early access.

Thanks Vitas!


    Stuff the release date, the big news here is the local servers. It's been confirmed that they're local, not just servers in the US with a regional tag.

      I don't want to be debbie downer, but "local servers" has been used in the past to mean us-based, clocked changed servers.

      I hope they do it, but I've been hurt before..

        Well, their community manager posted this in the thread linked above: "We are planning on actual servers located in the area. The final location is being locked down, but when we say 'local' we don't mean 'in the US but with a label'."

        Promising :)

          Youve been hurt before? By what dude? by a higher ping rate? Hurt???? No wonder gamers get such a bad name with comments like this, just grow a pair mate.. and try and relax about your gaming a bit so that "not having an Australian server" doesnt "hurt" you in the future.

          I suppose the sort of person that blames 600ms of lag on them not pwning their opposition are the sort of people who WOULD get "hurt" by this. Particularly in an MMO lol... you reaction time is WAY slower than the pings you complain about.
          I would suggest...either way, you shouldnt play TOR ok? why? because I dont want lameasses like you slowing down my framerate with lag caused by your whining.

      Local servers has been used repeatedly in the past by other companies and every time it has only referred to servers using a local clock.

      I'll believe they have a physical local server when I can rub my sweaty man boobs on it.

        I don't want play on a server covered by man boob sweat.

          i.... wouldnt mind..

        You've got to be joking. 600ms lag is over half a second. You've never played a multiplayer game with high ping before, have you?
        Imagine whenever you press a button on your screen it takes .5 seconds to actually happen, and whenever something happens to your character it takes .5 seconds to appear on your screen.

        I could be waiting to counterspell someone and they've finished casting by the time the server actually registers my request.
        Perhaps when the oceanic servers are actually put in place you should connect to one of them just to see what everyone else had to deal with.

        Scumbag game player:
        Complains about lag and framerates from other players

        While telling off a player for complaining about lag

        Have you ever played any MMOs? Doesn't sound like you have any idea what a local server means AT ALL with such silly comments.

    Interesting, I'm glad they're looking at allowing people who have already bought a copy to play on a local server when they get started up.

    Awesome so we will have local servers :-D.

    Meh, the interwebs is fast enough for me to happily play on a US server, so the local server availability doesn't give me a raging boner.

    The lack of a game here on release makes me never want to play it. I'm sure I will, but all my enthusiasm has been drained.

    He realizes that march is AUTUMN in the southern hemisphere, right? <_<


    Mark, you should also change that title... Release date hasn't been confirmed, they're aiming for a March release.

    Hopefully there's quite a few servers, so they don't get flooded straight away and into massive queues.

    Silly American's Spring isn't till the last part of the year

    Realising that most of their players will probably have imported the game, why is there such a massive delay between releases? I mean, it is the exact same product released in the US. Theres no change in the content or the language or anything like that. It makes no sense for it to release in over 2 months from its initital release (and that's just what they are aiming for)

      Zingi, I am warning you, bring logic into this release again and so help me god you will be served with a summons.

      Lies. Don't you know how much effort it'll be to change all the game scripts from saying "hello" to "g'day"? There's literally tens of aliens who'll have to be re-dubbed and everything...!

        Sith: G'Day Jedi drongo, feel the power of the dark side
        Jedi: Crikey! But you'll never beat me, I've got a bonza heart the size of phar lap!

          Oh and jedi & sith robes should have those dangly corks on their hoods

            I believe the robes would be replaced with Drizabones

            That's A stereotype.. All americans are fat and talk through their noses (see an example of A generalized country, I just made a stereotype.) P.S - I wear dickies (google it if you have no idea what this clothing line is, which you should) and I swear SRH, Hostility clothing, metal mulisha (all american brands) Also that waiting period is insane for the poor australians..

              i think you failed to realised that it was australians stereotyping themselves, and you just stereotyped yourself as some emo wearing brand name clothes.

      It says they are sorting out local servers. Considering a game like WoW never managed to get them with costing and stuff I'm sure you can understand it's not easy.

        I'm not talking about the serves, i'm talking about the actual game. The reason WoW never did it is because Telstra were really shafting them on the costs, and the train of thought would be "why spend so much money when most of these people are already happily playing on our US based servers."
        They should have just released the game. People are buying it anyway. The dedicated servers can come in the future (or probably not at all considering that EA care about money)

        WoW never managed it, but Warhammer had local servers, and that was an EA game.

          They were west coast servers with (Local) on the tag. Not actually local.

            Incorrect. When Warhammer originally launched, they had Australian servers (in Melbourne if I recall correctly). Was certainly interesting playing with sub 60ms pings. After the game died a horrible death, they shut them down and merged existing Australian players on to the US servers.

      Without going into detail, as someone who has had to deal with multi-national game releases I can assure you there is a lot more that goes on behind the scenes than you would believe. Licensing, Deals, Exclusives, Taxes etc.

      4 months may seem long but I can understand and have experienced the issues that they are facing. It took myself 3 months to release a game in the US that AU/NZ/UK already had, I can imagine the reverse would be just as difficult.

        Also, what's the point of releasing locally when there are über long wait queues as it is? All the die hards can import now and will be looked after upon local release. The rest of us can wait a few months and hopefully have a great local experience with little to no queues and latest patched version minus some early bugs. Sounds like a win for us really. I do believe EA/Bioware have gone above and beyond any other mmo publisher/developer

        That may be correct, however do you really believe a Multi-Million dollar company such as EA & BioWare are having troubles setting up a local server?

          Agreed,, in this day an age it take 3 months to set this up??? Was thinking of getting this... will now but a second hand copy after im done with skyrim

    My question would be IF the local servers are comfirmed. i remeber reading/someone tell me when WoW tried to open Local servers in Australia i think it was Telstra was going to charge them huge ammounts to run them so they withdrew them, becuase the ammount was just rediculous

      The NBN wasn't implement back in those days. Bandwidth is much much cheaper for us now.

      Blizzard actually never commented on it. The Telstra thing was a rumour that was started on the forums and self-perpetuated in exactly the same manner that you're doing now. The only people who know for sure why we never got WoW servers is Blizzard (somehow EA managed it with Warhammer)

        Only a few thousand people have NBN.

    IMO it's wont work because aussie players will have established communities. It's impossible to organise a mass exodus. some will move to the aussie server but it wont be enough to sustain a server and it will shut down...

    The the developers will be all like I told you so blah blah blah and the oceanic gaming community will continue to suffer...

    I like having a active community around the clock with US players. I won't be moving.

    SAD DAY.

      I've already said I will not give them any of my money until they give it an Australian release.

      Also... 400-500ms+ or 10-90ms... Hmmmm tough decision.

        my ping with no tunneling service is 160ms... no one will move mark my words.

          Well the 160ms ping is more like 270ms for me. Also the time difference means that when you play on american servers, most of them are offline. I've been playing since it came out and I've struggled to find people to group with. So hell yeah I'll be switching to local servers, however if it makes you feel better, consider your words marked.

          If they have non-prime time maintenance for our time-zone, I'll move in a heartbeat.

        ejoy playing on your barren server.

          Enjoy playing with sleep-derived Americans who keep asking why you spell "color" with a U.

            GOLD is the colour of this comment!

          my whole guild (all aussie players)is going to move to an aussie server when they go live and we have been playing since launch

    Is someone going to be selling the Collectors Editions locally then?

    Depends on why the regional clock matters.
    Special events and so on will cause me to switch servers. If there is no difference I probably wouldn't bother switching.

    The release date is when my Zavvi copy arrives... (not getting it express or anything because I go away for christmas today so it should arrive when I get back home, perfect timing!)

    LOCAL local servers? Not just oceanic marked US west cost servers?

    Watching a live stream of SWTOR today, as I realised I didn't know a damn thing about it and on a self-imposed forum absence didn't help either.

    It looks kinda nifty, though a bit 'empty' I think? A few impressions and reviews tell me it has an excellent single player element, something which it has been derided for at metacritic.


      It's a "standard" MMO with a ton of Bioware-quality storytelling on top.

      I hate MMOs but I'm buying it because the beta totally sold me on the story.

        i have lost whole day of my life playing this game it is that good i have 2(geared) 50's already

    Yep id take a busy US server over an aus server for the long term

    Are you serious?

    What the hell?! I just- WHAT?!
    They're the same company and they're undercutting their own product?

    The title is a lie. "we think maybe we will try around march" is not a release date. learn 2 Facts.

      They've given a date. What's not to understand here?


      Your username is fitting.

    I've been playing on unoffcial Oceanic servers for the past week. They are based in the US (West Coast) but the population is local. Ping is fine. Lots of people online.

      Which are the unofficial oceanic servers?

    If the delay is so that they are setting up proper local servers, yay.
    If the delay is them just sitting on their thumbs and when we get it we get WoW version of "local" servers, I'm just going to carry on playing WoW.

    ‎*facepalm* March? Good luck getting me to buy Bioware!
    You already have me booked in for your Mass Effect conclusion!

    I think people are missing another point that could be in play here. If the game is going to be hosted in Australia, it has to pass the game classification board of approval.

    Not to mention the point of them having the game first set up and tested in the larger communities before rolling out hardware, employing people and setting up a physical location with decent internet capability.

    I just really hope this is the case. and no the WoW model of 'local servers'.

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