Let's get something out of the way: Australians will, at some point, get access to a beta version of the upcoming Battlefield 1.
But what you won't get access to is the closed alpha. Those precious invites floating around the internet? They're not for us. And in fairness, EA has a really good reason.
In a statement to media, EA is informing press that while all Battlefield fans are "important to us", the reality is that the first closed alpha is too small to be able to properly ensure everyone has a good time.
"Due to the limited quantity of servers and their physical locations, players in APAC [Asia Pacific], LATAM [Latin America], and Russia would have a subpar experience when connecting due to server latency," the statement reads.
"Although they cannot assist in testing during the Closed Alpha phase, they will be able to help us test in the upcoming Beta. Please be sure to sign up to become a Battlefield Insider to get access to the Beta when it launches."
It sucks if you're browsing social media and seeing people get access to something you can't have, as fans of Overwatch will undoubtedly remember. But it's for the best possible reason. Playing a first-person shooter with a crappy ping sucks. Plain and simple. So while EA will probably still cop a lot of flak (no pun intended) for this, they're doing the right thing.
There's no update on when the beta will start. But given how Battlefield 4 and Star Wars Battlefront played out, sometime between August and September isn't a bad bet.