SW: The Old Republic hits Asia Pacific, March 1st

Star Wars: The Old Republic Collector's Edition

Star Wars: The Old Republic Collector's Edition

Star Wars: The Old Republic now has a date for its arrival Down Under, with the game preparing to launch in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Singapore on March 1st, 2012.

And – as promised – gamers in those regions will be given regional servers, meaning super-snappy response times and a decently low ping. We have confirmed with EA that yes, those servers will in fact be in Australia, rather than rebranded Californian boxes.

If you’re already playing SW:TOR by February 28th – or if you’ve played it and shelved your copy – you’ll be able to request a free character transfer to an Asia Pacific server. It’s a limited time offer, but if you’re eligible, you’ll be told early next month.

Dr. Greg Zeschuk, General Manager of the BioWare Label’s MMO Business Unit and Co-Founder of BioWare is happy:

Our biggest priority for The Old Republic has always been to deliver a high quality product and high quality service and we are pleased with our results in North America and Europe. We appreciate that our fans in these countries have been patient and we are excited to deliver this same great customer experience to players this March.

Star Wars: The Old Republic launched to great acclaim late last year, together with a stash of pre-order bonuses and special gifts. EA would like to reassure antipodean gamers that you won’t miss out on those, either. A special in-game colour crystal is being offered as a pre-order incentive, which will allow you to change your weapon effect (sorry if you’re in Hong Kong or Singapore – there are no participating retailers in those countries).

Even better news: If you’re in the new Asia Pacific region, you’re still eligible for the Founder’s medal – awarded to early members of The Old Republic community.

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So! Price! There will be two editions of the game available: The Standard Edition ($79.99 AUD, $89.99 NZD, HK$389.00, S$64.00), and the Origin-exclusive Digital Deluxe pack, for a little more ($89.99 AUD, $99.99 NZD, HK$465.00, S$76.00). That price gets you a month of access to the game, plus – obviously – the game itself.

If you want to keep playing The Old Republic, subscription rates are pretty simple: US$14.99 paid per month, US$41.97 for a three month block, or US$77.94 for six months.

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