Well, not in a peaceful way that is. More in a, “you’ll be able cross your light saber and exchange blaster fire with folks from across the pond,” sort of way. Stephen Reid, community manager for a little game you might have heard of called Star Wars: The Old Republic, has announced on the game’s official forums that there will be no IP block in place. So let’s give three hearty right-o’s for BioWare, you’ll be able to play with almost anyone you want!
Now, some of you might be scratching your heads and wondering, “Why would I do that? Certain regions won’t be able to play right off the bat like us North Americans and Europeans! That’s just not fair!” While I agree it is disheartening to know that fellow players won’t be from all four corners of the world at the starting gate, the choice was made with the player in mind.
Reid gives us these words of consolation:
“Unfortunately, to achieve the goal of an exceptional game service certain territories could not be serviced at launch. This decision was undertaken with a quality player experience as the primary goal. We are humbled by that level of excitement and anticipation around the world for The Old Republic. As soon as we have more information about additional launches in more territories, we’ll let you know. We are committed to delivering Star Wars: The Old Republic to BioWare and Star Wars fans around the world, and to growing a truly global community.”
Even though Pacific Islanders might be out of luck for the time being, it is good to know that they haven’t been forgotten. Reid also says that while they can’t divulge any other information at the moment, hopefully closer to launch they’ll be able shed some light as to when more regions may throw their lot in with either the Republic or the Empire.
Based on these decisions, it seems that they’re trying their damnedest to provide a smooth launch. May the Force Be With Them, they’re going to need it.