Aussie / New Zealand players won’t be locked out of Old Republic

Kotaku has reported that Australian and New Zealand players won’t be locked out of overseas servers if they purchase The Old Republic from overseas.

A couple of weeks ago MCV reported that Australia and New Zealand would not be launch territories for Star Wars: The Old Republic.

With the game breaking EA’s pre-order records, local gamers eager to participate in the highly anticipated MMORPG have been looking for alternate points of entry.

Stephen Reid, senior online community manager for EA, said: "There are no plans to ‘region lock’ or ‘IP block’ players from the game. You may experience some latency issues if you’re not playing in a launch territory."

Australian and New Zealand gamers are already familiar with the latency of other MMORPGs without oceanic servers, so the removal of specific serverside blocks to local players as a barrier to entry may see a spike in overseas online purchases.

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