Star Wars: The Old Republic Won't Launch In Asia, Australasia

As though we were still living in the 1990's, it's come to light that when upcoming MMO Star Wars: The Old Republic is released, it'll only be released (at first) in North America and Europe.

If you live in Australia, and expected to be playing when those in the US, Canada or Europe were playing, sorry, you miss out. Japan, you miss out. New Zealand, Brazil, Argentina, South Africa, India, Taiwan, you miss out.

A statement issued by developers BioWare on the issue reads:

To all of our fans outside of North America and Europe:

Today we've announced the pre-order details for the initial launch of Star Wars: The Old Republic, and as you may now know, we've taken the difficult but necessary decision to limit our initial launch supply for the game. BioWare and LucasArts are completely focused on building an exceptional game and an exceptional game service to go with it. 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.

We are committed to delivering Star Wars: The Old Republic to BioWare and Star Wars fans around the world, and to growing a truly global community.

To recap, EA and BioWare cannot commit to a timeframe for the release of a game that is played over the internet. In 2011. Ridiculous.

For those outside North America and Europe [SWTOR, via Kotaku AU]