Star Wars: TOR delayed outside UK/US

Yesterday, EA and BioWare formally opened pre-orders for Star Wars: The Old Republic, and a few eagle-eyed fans spotted that the offer was only available if you lived in certain locations.

Star Wars: The Old Republic Collector's Edition

Star Wars: The Old Republic Collector's Edition

That is – gamers in the US and Canada, or European locations including Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK.

“Details on additional countries are not available at this time, but will be released when available,” said an automated response from BioWare Customer Service.

Now we’ve managed to scrape together some of those details, and while many gamers were hoping we’d be treated just the same as our international neighbours, it looks like gamers outside of Europe and North America might just miss out.

The first thing we’re not getting: A set release date, as BioWare reveal the game will not be launched outside of those select territories for the time being.

Here’s the [surl=]full statement[/surl] from BioWare‘s Senior Online Community Manager Stephen Reid:

To all of our fans outside of North America and Europe:

Today we’ve announced the pre-order details for the initial launch of Star Wars: The Old Republic, and as you may now know, we’ve taken the difficult but necessary decision to limit our initial launch supply for the game. BioWare and LucasArts are completely focused on building an exceptional game and an exceptional game service to go with it. We decided to constrain our launch capacity to ensure we deliver a great experience to every player.

Part of the reason this decision was made was because of the overwhelming demand for The Old Republic, and we’re humbled by that level of excitement and anticipation. We fully intend to deliver to you an amazing game when we expand our service post-launch, but right now we cannot commit to any timeframe for when that may happen. As soon as we have more information about additional launches in more territories, we’ll let you know.

We are committed to delivering Star Wars: The Old Republic to BioWare and Star Wars fans around the world, and to growing a truly global community.

This unfortunately ties in with rumours that were circulating around E3 time, which suggested that Star Wars: The Old Republic had been delayed in Australasia. Those rumours have not yet been confirmed or denied, but this latest announcement doesn’t make things look good.


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