One of the issues with living in Australia is our ridiculous time zone! Tonight Bioware is running scheduled maintenance for Star Wars: The Old Republic and, understandably, is undertaking said maintenance at a time that suits the majority of its player base in the US and Europe. The only problem is this maintenance will result in server downtime for Aussies between 7pm and 3am, which is pretty much when I imagine most people will want to be playing the game!
A message from Bioware on the official Star Wars: The Old Republic site stated the following...
Generally speaking we are aiming to limit our scheduled maintenance period to once a week, on Tuesdays. However, this week we will perform maintenance on Wednesday due to the New Year’s holiday. We are aiming for this weekly maintenance period to take place in an off-peak time for both North American and European players. We are also aiming to inform players of the precise duration of any weekly maintenance period at least 24 hours before the maintenance begins.
For our new players, this weekly maintenance is done in order to make general improvements and to check performance of the game so that we can continue to provide a consistent, quality experience. Quite often (but not always) after a maintenance period there will a patch to download. Please be sure to update your launcher after any maintenance period.
It's most likely a fair call considering that Star Wars: The Old Republic hasn't even been officially released in this region yet. Hopefully when the game is launched here officially, Bioware will find a way to maintain the game's local servers at a more convenient time.
Bloody time difference -- it's the bane of my life. First it's drunken call from Scottish family members at four in the morning, and now this?!
Scheduled Maintenance: January 4, 2012 [Star Wars: The Old Republic]