While BioWare has previously stated it “cannot commit to any timeframe” for The Old Republic’s retail availability in territories like Australia and New Zealand, it has said the game isn’t region locked; therefore, if those in Oz would like to import, they can absolutley do so.
According to Games On Net citing a BioWare forum post, there won’t be an IP lock in place either when the gamne officially launches early for those who pre-ordered, according to senior online community manager Stephen Reid.
“There are no plans to ‘region lock’ or ‘IP block’ players from the game. [However], you may experience some latency issues if you’re not playing in a launch territory,” he stated.
“Anyone who pre-orders The Old Republic and redeems their pre-order code will be eligible for Early Game Access. Those eligible for Early Game Access will be able to download the game client before it starts.
“There will be a period after launch day in which those who have pre-ordered will be able to continue playing before entering their Game Code. More information on this will be made available closer to launch, and we will accept credit card payments for subscriptions.”
Good news, then.
SWTOR is expected to launch before the end of the year.