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Posted: Jul 21st 2011 10:21AM alinos said

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@Caerus

Cost of business isn't higher when they don't provide us servers which theres about a 10% chance they will.

Draconian Ratings board as you put it only gives a damn if it's R18+ content which given the cartoony nature of the game it won't be/

Said rating costs about 3k plus whatever the company has to spend putting the submission packet together. So in the long term it's a negligible cost.

If they were allowing preorders in our country people would be paying the Australian cost which would be the 80-10AUD which is 80-100USD which is double the profit for no reason.

instead we will all just be ordering it off of amazon and there aint much they can do about it.

And then theres the fact that even if there are AU servers people like me wont be playing on them because we play with a certain group of friends who are US/EU players and as a result wouldn't contribute in any way to the so called cost of doing business in australia.

It also applies to digital orders which by a rule of thumb shouldn't even be touched by australian regulations.

If they were a week out and said look we underestimated demand for one of the most hyped MMO's at the moment and for reason's XYZ we can't get the AU sector up just at the moment it would be more reasonable IMO.

instead we are being told months in advance of release where a company like EA should be able to solve any of these problems in that time. And we have no confirmed date that we would even get it by say march next year.

a little title called rock band took over a year to be released here due to EA's ineptitude
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Posted: Jul 21st 2011 6:12PM Bezza said

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Last time i checked Digital distribution didn't involve shipping costs, quite frankly if they can organise a European Pre-Order and a US/Canadian Pre-Order there is no excuse not to have organised a Oceanic one as well. At least not for the digital distribution.

In regard to ratings yes we have a archaic rating system that does not have a R+ rating, this however has no bearing on a game that isnt a R rated game with adult content and does not justify a 30% increase in price in the oceanic region which EA are famous for doing to us.

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Posted: Jul 21st 2011 8:59PM Tovrin said

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@Caerus The cost of doing business arguement is sheer rubbish. If companies like Trion can break into the market over here, why is EA being so precious about the cost of one of the biggest AAA releases this year?

They release far more controversial games without a second thought, knowing the public will lap it up. There is no way the rating system (dracobianian indeed ...lol!) is even a consideration.
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Posted: Jul 21st 2011 7:07AM Fabius Bile said

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this is a nice chance to measure the real impact of the game...

the most expensive and hyped (by a mile) MMO in history better break all the pre-order records...

Posted: Jul 21st 2011 8:21AM Trenyt said

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@Fabius Bile Pre-order sales and eventual success have no correlation what so ever. If half year to a year down the line, they still have the majority of pre-orders playing then I will lend some credance to this statement.

I'm just hoping for a good in game community, regardless of numbers.
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Posted: Jul 21st 2011 8:41AM AlienFanatic said

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@Trenyt

It's a community based on the Star Wars prequels. I'd expect the audience to skew significantly younger, therefore I'd expect that the community will be roughly on par with WOW.
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Posted: Jul 21st 2011 10:49AM Sorithal said

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@Trenyt

It might be a slight improvement or it might be the exact same, who knows.

I'm not having high hopes for that part though. The playerbase will probably be comprised of Star Wars fans and those who play Bioware games. Yes that means a good chunk of older players (who are POTENTIALLY more mature) will join, but it also doesn't rule out the flood of teenagers/college kids who'll come into the game going "COOL, IT'S LIKE MASS EFFECT/DRAGON AGE!"

I'd hope those who join it due to KOTOR will be a bit more mature, but who knows.

I'm just hoping they'll have RP servers that are actively enforced to where there's at least a few havens to get a good mature community going for some servers.
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Posted: Jul 21st 2011 2:34PM Trenyt said

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@Sorithal You will never get a game that doesn't have children playing it. Even in games which garner an 18 plus rating somehow still pull kiddies in. I don't mind that in so much as they don't bother me or ruin my experience.
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Posted: Jul 21st 2011 7:10AM Deadalon said

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NEVER pre-order MMO games. There isn't even a solid timeframe for the release of SWTOR, no open beta tests and total silence regarding key aspects of the game.

My bet is thtat the game is still more than a year away - And the pre-order is used now to guaranty funding for the extended development time. So by pre-ordering now you are postponing the launch by 6-12 months.

Posted: Jul 21st 2011 7:22AM Ghostspeaker said

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@Deadalon

I fail to see a problem here. I'd rather wait another year for a good game than another two week's for another half-baked AoC.
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Posted: Jul 21st 2011 7:52AM jpkustra said

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@Deadalon Release date shown for me was December 31st on my pre-order so come back with another theory pweez.
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Posted: Jul 21st 2011 8:11AM Wulf said

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@Deadalon

Then order from a place like Amazon that doesn't charge until it ships.

@jpkustra

That's a placeholder release date. As BioWare/EA haven't settled on a release date yet, Amazon sure as hell doesn't know.
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Posted: Jul 21st 2011 8:21AM Sente said

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@Deadalon

In the game reactor interview referred to in this post (http://massively.joystiq.com/2011/07/13/swtor-writer-talks-economy-endgame-and-polish/) they said that it would be released this year.
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Posted: Jul 21st 2011 10:45AM Zuljundwumn said

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@jpkustra
Of course, we never saw a company pushing back a release. It never happened in gaming history.
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Posted: Jul 21st 2011 4:52PM SFGamer69 said

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@Deadalon

Don't know about anyone else, but I'm not being charged for the game until it delivers (amazon) and even from EA, its a 5.00 pre-order cost. ...
So how is this helping them to push it back?
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Posted: Jul 21st 2011 7:10AM Space Cobra said

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Gentlemen (and Ladies)

Start your engines~!

(If you haven't already done so!)

Posted: Jul 21st 2011 7:11AM (Unverified) said

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Australia isn't in the pre-order list (and could be waiting months after release), pretty disappointed right now Massively :(

Posted: Sep 12th 2011 1:03PM swtoraustralia said

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Aussies can pre-order, just not officially. This website has more info about it and pre-order links that aussies can use: http://www.swtor-multitude.com.au You also get early game access (explained on the site) so you dont have to worry about starting to play later than USA cause ur waiting for your order to arrive!
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Posted: Jul 21st 2011 7:12AM Lordkrall said

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Rather funny. If you look at the preorder here in Sweden the cost for the CE is 1499 SEK which would convert to around 235 USD so apparently people over here will have to pay almost 100 USD more than the US?

Good work EA :)

Posted: Jul 21st 2011 7:31AM Fabius Bile said

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@Lordkrall serves you right...you should have accepted the euro when you had a chance =)
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