Good news for gamers in Australia and New Zealand distressed over the lack of a Star Wars: The Old Republic release date for those territories; BioWare has more or less given importing the official stamp of approval.
BioWare's senior online community manager Stephen Reid hit the official forums to inform worried fans that the MMO won't being picky about your location when you try to sign in. "There are no plans to 'region lock' or 'IP block' players from the game," he confirmed while warning that "you may experience some latency issues if you're not playing in a launch territory."
Reid added: "Anyone who pre-orders The Old Republic and redeems their pre-order code will be eligible for Early Game Access. Those eligible for Early Game Access will be able to download the game client before it starts."
There's more: "There will be a period after launch day in which those who have pre-ordered will be able to continue playing before entering their Game Code. More information on this will be made available closer to launch," promised Reid.
And if you're worried about payments, he also confirmed: "We will accept credit card payments for subscriptions."
The message is clear - import the game and BioWare won't try to stop you although latency won't be your friend. But that's what you get for living on the wrong side of the solar system.
BioWare yesterday released a new trailer showing off the Jedi Consular class. Check it.