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Posted: Feb 14th 2012 7:38PM Traptz said

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That's my birfday.

Posted: Feb 15th 2012 11:25AM demonlife said

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@Traptz

Mine too! It's also a big holiday in South Korea and everyone has the day off so those servers better be prepared for meltdown.
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Posted: Feb 14th 2012 7:44PM Borick said

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Do you hear that sound?

That's the sound of a billion Chinese who don't care.

Posted: Feb 14th 2012 8:04PM Dunraven said

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@Borick Yeah but millions of Koreans are doing the happy pee pee dance because they know that soon it will be available there.
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Posted: Feb 14th 2012 7:46PM Lateris said

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When they state Hong Kong does that mean the market for all of China?

Posted: Feb 14th 2012 8:05PM J45neoboy said

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@Lateris

I would think that means Hong Kong.
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Posted: Feb 14th 2012 8:09PM smartstep said

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@Lateris

No that means Hong Kong only.

HK usually get diffrent publishers / prices /etc than mainland China.

Macao sometimes as well.
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Posted: Feb 14th 2012 8:22PM DarkWalker said

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@Lateris

I believe it will be quite a long time before EA is able to launch in China.

Localization issues aside, China seems to be shifting to a tougher stance on persecuting foreign entertainment.
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Posted: Feb 15th 2012 12:04PM Cyroselle said

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@DarkWalker They, (or rather Aurora Tech, a subsidiary of Shanda, the largest MMO publisher in China) also have some pretty weird rules, such as not being able to play X gender character unless you can prove that you're a member of X gender, by webcam.

http://www.gamepolitics.com/2009/10/26/chinese-mmo-company-jumps-gender-benders

RIFT is being imported through Shanda, I wonder if B/W will be using them as well, and if character gender will be locked to players for these games as well?
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Posted: Feb 14th 2012 9:19PM Solude said

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Too bad they won't be rolled into the existing server base. Hopefully it will exist as a third tab for us to choose.

Posted: Feb 14th 2012 9:40PM HitechLolife said

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Everyone I know in Aus who would buy the game already has and is either playing it or moved on.

Still, here's hoping there's at least one RP server for us so I can move to a local server.

Posted: Feb 14th 2012 11:50PM (Unverified) said

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Honestly, i was excited for this game last summer. Couldn't wait till it came out, and when it finally did they decided to treat me as a second class citizen right from the start. Staggered release is fine and all, but at least don't block us access by regions. And even if I went through the hassle of importing, I couldn't even set up a subscription with my credit card. It's ridiculous.

So even though I had stopped playing WoW for about 3 months, planning to move on to swtor, I ended up resubbing to WoW. GG Bioware.

Posted: Feb 14th 2012 11:58PM Bezza said

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As an Aussie I was appauled to discover the late release for our region. No other MMO developer had done this to Oceanic players in the history of MMO's that I am aware of. It was a real surprise to our local community to be treated this way. Of course we adapted and most of us just ordered the game from overseas. Thankfully no IP block happened and we have managed.

This was a first for Bioware.

However Bioware have performed another first, as they are to my knowledge the only major MMO developer to bother to give our region, real physical servers. Usually its a struggle to even get US servers designated as Oceanic or Asia Pacific. That they are giving us REAL local servers is pretty frakking amazing.

I would go so far as to say the latter, is enough to forgive the former treatment. One hopes they do local maintenance at local off peak times.

Posted: Feb 15th 2012 5:00AM nevin said

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@Bezza My hope is that they completely overhaul their stupid maintenance schedule full stop. With this new influx in new time zones they really need to have separate maintenance windows.
The weekly 8 hour during daylight hours plus all the minor 'emergency' ones also during EU daytime is really getting on my nerves.
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Posted: Feb 15th 2012 1:05AM Rhodanum said

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Here's something that's not being talked about. While the Aussies finally have a tangible 'release date', Eastern Europe is still out in the cold (no, this game didn't cover all of Europe at launch -- I'm sick and tired of systems that only cover Western and maybe Central Europe as well being considered available to the entirety of the continent, as if nothing exists to the east of Germany or Poland).

Myself and others managed to squirm our way past due to some folks who got their hands on Digital Deluxe download keys and were re-selling them to us for a killing (it's been years since there's been any need for optical media readers in my house and I certainly wasn't going to be buying a DVD-ROM just for TOR's sake or paying import fees out the wazoo by having the physical game delivered by Amazon).

Just the fact that you're living in Europe yet have to jump through so many hoops to get this game is infuriating -- and no one's exaggerating when they say that no other game has staggered its launch this much before and for little apparent reason. The EU servers are more than fit enough to take in another wave of players and they've been this way since the first few weeks of play. -_-

Posted: Feb 15th 2012 1:36AM Quarlo said

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SWTOR is not the type of game that is typical for the Asian market. Its not grindy enough and lacks features that even F2P games launch with.

First Ewoks.
Then Solo Shoots Second.
Then Jar Jar.
Now SWTOR.

The Star Wars IP is suffering the Death of a Thousand Cuts.

Posted: Feb 15th 2012 2:44AM RogueJedi86 said

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@Quarlo

Good thing Asia Pacific includes Australia, making this more than just a launch in the traditional grindy MMO countries. Please do some research before you post about this article. :P Australia's more West than East, if you get my meaning.
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Posted: Feb 15th 2012 5:21AM (Unverified) said

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@RogueJedi86 : everyone in Australia who was interested in SW:TOR has already bought it, played it, finished it, and cancelled their subscription.
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Posted: Feb 15th 2012 5:57AM avaloner said

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@(Unverified) Funny I have not. I am interested in buying them game and wanted to wait for the local release as I hoped much of the launch problems would be solved by then. I think it will sell decently here as many Australians do not have the interent to support such a big download as the SWTOR client and/or did not feel the need to import a copy.
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Posted: Feb 15th 2012 1:52AM gustave154 said

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great news. gonna transfer since its near me

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