Bioware has issued a statement stating that it 'cannot commit to any timeframe' for Star Wars: The Old Republic outside Europe / North America.
After some speculation as to why Australian and New Zealand customers were unable to pre-order the game, Bioware finally released the statement explaining the situation on its web site. It doesn't mention Australia and New Zealand specifically, but the pre-orders from this region being blocked makes it all but certain The Old Republic will not launch here at the same time as the rest of the world.
From the statement:
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.