Star Wars fans who have been holding out on purchasing the imported version of Star Wars: The Old Republic, your patience is about to be rewarded. LucasArts and Bioware have announced the official Asia-Pacific launch of SWTOR in Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, and New Zealand on 1 March.
Asia-Pacific players who bought the imported US or EU versions of SWTOR will be given a “limited-time opportunity” to transfer any existing characters from their current servers to the Asia-Pacific regional servers, which will have decreased latency.
The game will come in two versions: Standard and Digital Deluxe (which is Origin-exclusive only). Unfortunately, it seems that Singaporean gamers will not have access to any pre-order retail bonuses, unlike our Aussie/NZ counterparts.
I’ve pasted the full details of SWTOR’s Asia-Pacific pricing and subscription plans below:
Star Wars: The Old Republic will be available in both Standard and Digital Deluxe editions. The Standard Edition will retail for $79.99 AUD / $89.99 NZD / $389.00 HKD / $64.00 SGD and the Digital Deluxe Edition of the game, an Origin.com exclusive, will retail for $89.99 AUD / $99.99 NZD / $465.00 HKD / $76.90 SGD.
30 days of game time will be included with every version of the game, and after that time players will be able to continue playing the game by paying a monthly subscription, or by purchasing a 60-Day Pre-Paid Game Time Card for $32.99 AUS / $42.99 NZD / $249.00 HKD / $39.90 SGD.
Star Wars: The Old Republic has three recurring subscription plans and players in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Singapore will be charged in USD:
- 1 Month Subscription (automatically billed every 30 days): $14.99 USD per month
- 3 Month Subscription (automatically billed every 90 days): $13.99 USD per month (one-time charge of $41.97 USD)
- 6 Month Subscription (automatically billed every 180 days): $12.99 USD per month (one-time charge of $77.94 USD)
Star Wars: The Old Republic is currently available for pre-order* at the following participating retailers in Australia and New Zealand. There are no participating retailers in Hong Kong and Singapore for pre-orders. Also, there will be no pre-orders available at Origin.com.
The official SWTOR FAQ has also been updated with details regarding the Asia-Pacific region.
The Force is strong with this one!