BioWare has confirmed that its upcoming MMO, Star Wars: The Old Republic, will be region-free, meaning those who are eager to get their hands on it early can import from countries with earlier release dates.
Community manager Stephen Reid explained on the official forums: “There are no plans to ‘region lock’ or ‘IP block’ players from the game.” That said, he also stated that: “you may experience some latency issues if you’re not playing in a launch territory.”
“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,” he added.
“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.”
Reid also confirmed the type of payments one can make towards the game’s subscription, saying: “We will accept credit card payments for subscriptions.”
We still don’t have a super-solid release date on The Old Republic, though we do know/hope it’ll be this year. Would you be willing to import the game if it meant you could play it early?