EB Games Is Selling Copies Of Star Wars: The Old Republic

EB Games Is Selling Copies Of Star Wars: The Old Republic

We’ve just received word that EB Games is now selling copies of Star Wars: The Old Republic in stores today across Australia.

After calling up a number of stores we’ve been told that copies of the game are available, but stock is limited. EB Games on George Street, Sydney had two copies come in this morning but informed us they “couldn’t hold them”.

According to the EB Games website, they are selling the game for $78.

Given that Star Wars: The Old Republic doesn’t have an official release date here in Australia (although Bioware has stated they are targetting March 1) we can only assume that EB Games is grey importing stock from Europe and selling them in store. This means that EB Games is selling copies of the game a full two months before the projected release date for the game here in Australia.

It seems as though EA, the local distributor for Star Wars: The Old Republic, is fully aware of the situation, but responded with a “no comment – as we are currently investigating the situation” when we spoke to them.

It’s a tricky one. Star Wars: The Old Republic is a huge release, and Bioware, as opposed to discouraging Australian users from importing copies, has actually encouraged it. It has assured Australian users they won’t be blocked from playing on US servers and even informed importers that they’ll be able to make the switch across to local servers when they’re set up.

It’s an interesting situation, and the first time in a while that such a big game release has been staggered so heavily across territories.


  • Well now, this is an interesting turn of events. With no actual street date, they can hardly be accused of breaking that, but are there not import and resale legalities in question here?

  • Gave my closest EB a call just now, and apparently they imported copies for people who pre-ordered, and with that, the shops were given additional copies of the game for walk-in purchases.

  • I’m a little late to the game here so hoping you guys can help me out.

    This means what exactly? The exact same game is being released early. So the only difference between this version and march release is??? Or are they just releasing the March version the same time as they get the Australian servers running?

    To summarize, should I buy this now? 🙂

  • They are most definately imports, not much of a suprise a majority of EB Games’ PC Games are imports with Australian classifications stickered over the prior.

  • EB where I am (Central Vic) are selling today too. Although apparently they only have their pre-orders plus a couple extra.

    There’s also an independent that has been selling for a while.

    GAME on the other hand said they’re sticking to biowares date.

  • I saw SWTOR at a shop on Elizabeth St near the JB there the week before Christmas. It was around $90. Also heard that Dungeon Crawl on Elizabeth St was getting it in at around that time for around $85.

  • Confirmed at $78 which isn’t too bad, amazon is only $10 cheaper plus a wait and the only other way to get it much cheaper is through a cd key site, which is a gamble at best

  • Might I just say that everyone needs to get this game. It’s amazing. An MMO where I actually care about the characters. I might just have to do a reader review…to the typing machine!

      • Yeah, standard $14.95 a month. You do get 30 days when you buy the game though.

        If the new content they add is as good as the release content I will be playing it for a very long time.

        • Yeah same here. After playing 3 betas, as soon as the game asked how long I wanted for a subscription, I said 6 months and I very much doubt I’ll finish even a quarter of the game by that point. Normally that’d be indicative of shocking quantities of padding but in this game its all gold

      • IIRC-

        $14.99/month if you buy one month
        $13.99/month if you buy three months
        $12.99/month if you buy six months

        US Dollars that is. Can pay using paypal which I was glad to see.

    • No NK, but BioWare said that when Australian servers go up, they will give Australian people the chance to switch over to them (I assume, free of charge). So the only reason not to buy right now is if you’re really not a fan of slight lag (i’ve heard it’s pretty smooth tbh), otherwise you’re just giving others 2 months headstart.

    • Nope, but ping times to West Coast US servers are ~150-250ms so it’s very playable without local servers anyway.

    • Do you get occasional spikes where it jumps to something like 600-1000ms? Never for long but just enough to be noticeable

      • Haven’t seen that sort of thing yet but I’m still on the beginner planets. Hell I forget to turn torrents off and I’m still ~270 ping and it’s smooth as a baby’s backside

        • I did to begin with but that was on planets with huge populations in the early access. Since then I have also started using Reduce The Lag who now support SWTOR and I rarely get spikes. Maybe once ever couple of hours.

          Overall I find the game really stable and have reached level 35 without too much heartache. In the early access

  • Myself and a bunch of other mates simply purchased cd keys keys and used the beta client from the final beta test so no additional download necessary, works perfect and loving the game.

    Considering that physical copies of games these days have nothing more than a disc and a very light manual I don’t see much point in going physical and highly recommend the cd key route for anyone interested in grabbing this fantastic game.

    • People like you and I, however, EJH, seem to be in the minority. The majority of Australians wanting to play TOR got overly upset, wailed about “the red zone” and cried for months and months about it even though I, and others, would routinely tell them how to get themselves set for release, even the pre-release access, but not many followed the advice. Ah well, their loss!

      • You mean when EA wouldn’t commit to whether or not we’d be IP blocked? Gee, I wonder why people were wary and wanted actual answers.

    • Very light manual? No manual at all in this case.

      Well okay there was what could technically be counted as a manual but it was a leaflet that could have been summarised as “put disc in drive, click ‘next’ until you can play”. When the manual takes up the same space as the coupon for getting 30 bucks off one of the statues (anyone want the code? I’ll never use it), its a sad day for manual lovers but especially me since the only reason I didn’t go the key route myself is because I wanted to have the manual…

      • … yeah to this day there are still people complaining about “the Red Zone” I live in Perth and have been palying since the 13th of December. 150 pings (max 250) . I LMFAO at anybody who desperately wants this gaem and does not have it. After ordering my copy for $86 including shipping it arrived 4 days later. So EASY and I was playing a week early due to early gaem access. WINNING!

    • EJH, any tips on doing this?

      Is the beta client still available? Where did you purchase a CD key from?

      I’ve tried purchasing the game online but it’s blocked to Australia for the time being.

      • I still had the beta client from the AUNZ beta test back in like october/november and then the final beta push shortly before release which I simply gave to my mates on portable hard drive, so unless you live in the newcastle area I cant really help you sorry. However the full client can be downloaded once you have your account setup, so if you don’t mind the size of the download (my install is about 30gb) then there is no problem actually getting the game.

        As for the cd key we all got ours from cjs keys for around $60 http://www.cjs-cdkeys.com the only issue i can say with that site is that the payment options were a pain, but the keys came in without a problem and were totally legit, 6 of us have bought from there now with no problems.

        I also believe allcdkey.com is selling star wars keys, I haven’t got personal experience with them but i have heard good things.

  • So in March are we going to read stories about how early adopters of imported copies and keys WON’T be looked after?

    Just asking.

    • Bioware said on their forum they’re aware that aussies are importing and “will look into” letting us move to the oceania servers, so at least they’re considering it.

  • So a few questions.

    If you buy the retail game do you still need to download 20 odd GB’s of game files?

    Is EB also selling subscription cards, and/or are Australia credit cards accepted direct from Bioware/EA?

    Is the game actually any good (as a single player game, couldn’t care less about the MMO part of it)?

    • 1) Game comes with three DVDs, so you’ll only have to download the patches (few hundred MB I imagine).

      2) I used paypal to pay for my subscription

      3) You’ll need to party up for some stuff, but the story is quite solid and is what made me decide to play it when I tried the beta. It’s an MMO with singleplayer storylines for each chracter

    • 3 DVDs in the retail release I think. You probably have some patches to grab but it’d be in the order of a few hundred megabytes though obviously that will change over time.

      Credit cards work fine. They offer Paypal as well.

      The game is pretty solid. You can easily play without ever grouping up with other people, though you really should because the group content is very good.

    • Nope, all files are on the DVDs, the only thing it downloads are the usual updates etc. Couple hundernd MB at most.

      Aus credit card works fine, had no problems. Security key app on iDevice works fine too.

      Been playing it as single-player, the stories are great for the Bounty Hunter and Imperial Agent at least. There’s 8 differnt characters so there’ll be something to keep you enteratined. Haven’t had to partner up much so far.

    • 1) Yeah it’s all on disk, might onlu need to download a small update or two

      2) I’ve been using my AU debit card for my subsription

      3) You can solo most things, especially if you pick something like a bounty hunter. Story is quite amazing, you can never group up if that’s how you want to play.

      I bought from an online store that was selling just the CD Key and it worked from from AU, about the same lag as I would get on WoW.

  • Happy to wait I think. March is fine – I have plenty to play until then (plenty to play until March 2013 actually). Totally understand those wanting to jump in now though

  • They can’t encourage people to import it on a personal level and then expect the retailers to just sit on their hands. Life doesn’t work like that.

    Better pick up the pace, EA

  • tempting. currently playing wow out of sheer boredom, and got the 12 month thing for diablo III (works out to be cheaper I reckon).

    I’m saving for GW2 though…

    How good is the single player is my question, is it mass effect/kotor level of good?!

    • You can solo most things in the game with your ai companion, heroics, flashpoints & operations may not be doable till you massively outlevel them and warzones are adversarial multiplayer so no soloing is possible but otherwise you should be able to do everything else yourself.

      The teams I’ve been a part of have usually been pretty damn good though, worth doing for the harder missions

  • Well shit, I bought SWTOR off ebay for a huge marked up price of 90$ on the 25th, and it still isn’t here haha. Pretty annoyed.

  • Haha, oh EB you jester you… I got mine from the US for the same price cause I got the Courier post option. This game is so much like Kotor I’m loving every single minute! The quests are kind of bland but the dungeons and all the chat and stuff are really interesting.

    Let’s hope all the updates will have full voices and stuff for years to come 😀

  • Do you know what really sucks? My copy that I ordered from amazon turned up today, so it turns out this was a premeditated decision by EB rather than a last minute one.

    Oh well, good news is that now my friends won’t be scared off by shipping time if they wanna play.

  • Just beware that if it’s an EU copy of the game, your key may confine you to EU servers. I believe that the official Australian copies will locate Aus. gamers on US servers.

  • Confirmed by Carindale EB.

    EBGames got sick of being excluded from the sales, and imported copies of SW:TOR for all of their pre-orders, from their GameStop US stores. This isn’t a ‘we’re selling it from now on’, it is apparently a one time deal (that may be repeated if they get enough additional pre-orders).

  • If you check the EB site, it is currently listed as “Star Wars: The Old Republic (Import Version)”

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