Old Republic’s EU beta delayed

If you’re residing in the EU right now, you may well have noticed that you’re not playing Star Wars: The Old Republic‘s beta at the moment. Why? Because BioWare have delayed it due to technical difficulties.

European community manager Chris Collins explained the delay on The Old Republic‘s official website (via). It would seem that with a new build of the beta incoming, adding localized languages and wiping current character data, there wouldn’t be much point starting now.

“For those of you that may have missed the messages we put out on the subject already,” Collins wrote, “last week saw a number of issues arise with key systems that prevented us from sending out invites to EU players. Had everything gone to plan, we would have been able to offer two weeks of testing time to new users. However, given the issues that arose, this was physically not possible.

“So while we understand that this news may not be what a lot of you wanted to hear today, we hope that you’ll understand our position. Given the news of this new build, it’s now more important than ever that we invite European players into the Game Testing environments, so you have my word that this batch of invites will happen, it may just mean you just have to wait a little longer.”

No specific date on when EU fans can join in then, but the promised “little longer” is better than no beta at all, eh?

More sought after is the full game’s release, which is still said to be on for 2011. But it’s running out of months.