Star Wars: The Old Republic Releases March 1

Star Wars: The Old Republic is receiving an Australian release on March 1. The game launches in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, and Singapore on the same day along with regional servers.

This news will be welcomed by those who have bought the game from other regions and have had to play on US and EU servers. Those who created accounts prior to February 28, 2012 will have the opportunity to request a free character transfer to an Asia Pacific server after the March 1 launch, however this will only be available for a limited time.

The standard edition of the game will cost $AU79.99 and $AU89.99 for the Digital Deluxe version, which is exclusive to Origin.


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    My sub runs out at the end of feb..... hummmmm, to resub just to change just in case I ever want to go back to the game.... or to just leave it to rot... hm

    Does anyone care anymore?

      I do. This means my friends and I will be able to all move to the same server because of the free transfer.

      So yes. I guess people do care.

      Once you play you'll see. The game is great and probably one of the best MMOs currently on the market.

        Personally I hate multiplayer and I passionately detest MMOs, after playing the beta, I preordered SWTOR, thats how damn good it is.

        Finished the smuggler's story, most of the way through the sith warrior's and my only real worry is how to space the others out so I don't get the same gameplay style twice in a row whilst also alternating factions

        There are people like you STILL around spewing tripe?!? Good lord.

    Good thing is they're actually going to have AU servers.

    I'm still concerned about whether to move or not... Seeing as I only really play on my own for 90% of the game it might not be too bad, however if the population blows then what are my options? I'd have none, Bioware won't move me back to Swiftsure.

      Well unless its a really limited time offer, start an new character on a local server and if it turns out to be a good one, then transfer your main ones

    Bummed the CE won't be available but I guess local servers will be good enough.

      Also just to add to the above, in the launch FAQ on the SWTOR site, they said that players who are eligible for the free server transfer will be emailed by 'early' march, so I take it they haven't even gotten server transfers to work yet and we probably won't see it till 2 weeks after.

        Well thats good, the 2 weeks later, means gives you a chance to see what the servers are, whats populor and see if everyone else will be moving also.

    About time we got pacific servers but extremely disapointed that the actual game has taken THIS LONG to reach our stores, should have been at the same time as US and Europe, disappointing by EA

      You haven't been in to a game shop recently. EB, GameTraders and GAME are all selling TOR, have been for over a month and it was always available in digital format. The only thing coming to Australia is the servers, and they will probably be in Asia somewhere.

        Wrong.
        Q: Where will the oceanic servers be physically located?
        SR: The good news is, the servers are going to be physically located in Australia”. Likely to be Sydney or Melbourne but unsure at this stage. Understands big distances in oceanic area but Sydney or Melbourne the more realistic locations. Also super close to being able to announce Oceanic launch date. Expect announcement within the next few days to a week. No plans for a launch trip to Australia at this stage.

        http://toroz.com.au/2012/02/stephen-reid-qa-summary-transcript/

    I see they aren't issuing any of those Collector's Editions with the Malgus statue. That's going to really annoy some people - not only do we get it late, but we aren't given the same access to special editions as other regions.

      I grabbed mine from Amazon...

        Well, I'm proud of you... but that doesn't negate other peoples anger.

          Well given that it's fairly easy to obtain, I don't see how the anger is necessary.

          It's not region locked and was easily accessible.

    Haven't worked out if I'm still excited about this and if I'll buy it. Is it just me or does it seem weird to pay MMO subscription fees for something that so many people seem to be playing as a single-player stand-in for a non-existent KOTOR3...

      In my experience with the game, very few people are playing this as a single player RPG. Most just button past dialogue sequences to farm social points and don't really care for the lore. Plus you can't do a lot solo as there is a big focus on group quests.

        Eh? Maybe as much as 10% of each planet are the heroic group quests, the 2 player ones can even be solo'd if you have a healer minion

    I'm worried about the server populations. Some of them are hugely unpopulated even on the current servers as is. Hopefully most manage to flood unto the same servers.

    How many local servers are they going to be setting up? If it's a reasonable amount I probably would transfer but if it's just 2-3, I'd rather stay on a US server and not have to queue.

    I think I'd rather stay on a US server given peoples attention spans a local server may seem like Tatooine in reality after a few months. Which will really stuff you trying to complete heroics or flashpoints.

    Nice and all but to little to late imo. Will wait for the first expansion. Maybe by then the endgame will actually be worth doing and all the issues with pvp etc will be fixed.

    so. . . It looks like Australia will be boarding the Tortanic March 1st huh. . .

    (please don't hurt me)

      Oh, but it will hurt and yes, there will be blood.
      On a more serious note, I think that ToR's actually been holding steady so far, there's still a few things that need to be fixed before it becomes great, but still, I'm excited to see it finally coming to AUS with a local release.

    Currently downtimes are from 7pm-11pm, at least once per week, generally more. The Tuesday night one is guaranteed. Currently Bioware is refusing to give any information on seperate downtimes for us or the EU servers.

    I just hope that by the time they do open up transfers my character names and legacy name aren't already taken by someone else on the server I switch to.

      Let me guess.... Stark? I know that, Lannister etc are taken on Swift sure.

        I actually went for a Star Warsy sounding name, Starflyer. It was the same last name I used for my character in Kotor.

      I wouldn't mind changing my legacy name, come to think of it.

    Whilst this is good news, do we only get one character transfer? I have three characters...

      On the TOR site the annoucement says
      "Players who have already begun their journey will also have a limited-time opportunity to migrate their characters from their current servers to Asia Pacific servers after the launch on March 1st"

      I take that to mean they'll let you transfer all your characters.

    Hmm this is certainly good news, with local servers I might actually be online at the same time as other people and finally see some of the higher level flashpoints

    You know what... I'm grateful all you whiney little bastards aren't playing.
    Everyone's a critic.

    Well this is useless! I'll be neck deep in Mass Effect 3!

      Queer timing, isn't it? That EA would release one of their most anticipated RPGs at the same time as their own Flagship MMO?

      I wonder what brains-trust thought it was a good idea.

      My thoughts exactly.

    hmmm...do I want to get in to another mmo? I played WOW and GW for a very long time. So did my wife. I just picked up Kingdoms of Amalur (spelling) and Magic The Gathering Online the other day and I feel kinda satisfied.

    Well, I will just have to wait and see.

      Also to follow up on Sam Timmins comment....AND ME3 will be out as well.
      Nope, I think I will wait for a while.

    My free month ran out today. I cancelled last week. Its a good game, dont get me wrong, it just offers really nothing new over WoW. Sure; voice acting is pretty damn awesome, light/dark side points add an interesting twist. There are some cool additional features: space combat, social points, advanced classes. But the core of the game is basically the same generic hotkey stuff thats been put out over the last 7 years.

    The game needs a lot of work though; its fairly bug ridden (think a bethesda game at launch) and there are core features missing: Custom UI, Combat Log, hi-res textures. The endgame is a bit weird too. I got to 50 with a Sith Marauder and felt it was more than a bit lackluster, world pvp is lacking and the PVP modes are zerg rush. The game suffers from FOTM and similar issues, with Sage/Sorcerer's being all too common.

    Regardless, there is an excellent story tying the game through. There isn't much variation between the classes however, you'll still be doing 90% the same missions as everyone else. The linear gameplay gets a bit dull, I'd hate to level another character, though I think it's a fair comment that once there is more leveling content added this will improve.

    All in all, there is a huge amount of work to be done, but I expect it to be done. If you've played WoW, loved it and want a change, try it. Don't expect the polish. If you want KoToR 3, you've got it. If you want something different to WoW/Aion/WAR/Tera, you'll probably want to stay away.

    Personally, i'll see what it's like in a year/18 months. At the moment its very bare bones.

    all an aussie release means is that mates of mine who didn't import will buy it. may look at moving my characters to an aussie server but already part of a decent guild so yeah.

    as for the whole WoW vs swtor debate, if you like WoW then play that, if you like swtor then play it. no need for that shit to continue.

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