Star Wars-loving MMO fans near and far are anticipating the hopefull 2011 holiday season release of Star Wars: The Old Republic. Unfortunately, fans in Australia and New Zealand have been unable to participate in the pre-order that was announced last week. For those of you who fall in to the disappointed group residing in the South Pacific, BioWare has provided the following explanation (via Techday.co.nz):
"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.
Bioware and LucasArts are completely focused on building an exceptional game and an exceptional game service to go with it.”
While this may not provide concrete pre-order details to fans in Australia and New Zealand, at least fans in those and other pre-order-challenged territories know that their frustrations have been heard. We'll keep you posted as we learn more.