The Star Wars: The Old Republic Asia Pacific launch that includes countries such as Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Singapore is go! As mentioned yesterday, the Asia Pacific region has three separate servers all physically located in Australia - Dalborra (PvE), Master Dar'Nala (PvP) and Gav Daragon (RP PvE). Keep in mind that the three servers are only BioWare’s initial launch servers and may open more in the future if demand requires it. Expecting a horde of players, the community team at BioWare setup an FAQ for the region’s players.
In it, the FAQ lays out the first details regarding when server transfers for subscribers.
Qualified players in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, or Singapore, will be offered one-time free character transfers to Asia Pacific servers for a limited time period in late April. No specific date has been confirmed at this time. We will be sending an email to all qualified players by early March with more details.
The date, while relatively soon considering the tech BioWare has to deploy for it post launch, spurred a bit of controversy on the official forum due to not being available on day one. There are also qualifications for a character to be eligible for a server transfer that players should be aware of.
Only characters created on The Old Republic servers by February 28, 2012, 5:01PM EDT, 7:01PM NZDT, 2:01PM HKT, 2:01PM SGT qualify for transfers.
Players will want to take note of the window, as any characters created after that point will not receive a transfer as part of this limited one-time transfer program. The FAQ includes much more of interest to Asia Pacific players so make sure to check it out if you intend to play in the region.
Additionally, there is a welcome post to Asia Pacific players from the team at BioWare Austin.
For players that are jumping into SWTOR for the first time or just changing their servers to the Asia Pacific region, let us know what your experience has been like in the first hours of launch in our comments section of this post.