The long anticipated Oceanic servers for Bioware's first and very popular MMO Star Wars: The Old Republic are about to launch, according to a post over at the official forums.
Here's our official launch timing. All servers will be online simultaneously at approx 5:01AM CST (Austin time), but with timezones straddling a date:
New Zealand: 12:01am NZDT (March 1st)
Australia: 10:01pm EDT (February 29th)
Singapore: 7:01pm SGT (February 29th)
Hong Kong: 7:01pm HKT (February 29th)
We'll be launching with three initial servers dedicated to these territories. As previously mentioned, these servers are physically located in Australia:
Master Dar'Nala (PvP)
Gav Daragon (RP PvE)
If demand requires we open additional servers, we have the hardware ready to go. Our Live Production team will be carefully monitoring server population and potential queues to ensure the best possible experience for players.
This is quite a exciting event, as this will be the first big name MMO to actually have servers physically in Australia, unlike Blizzard's World of Warcraft Oceanic servers which are still located in America. If things go successfully, this will hopefully prove a viable option for future MMO developers.
For more information, Bioware will be conducting a Frequently Asked Question session tomorrow, which you will find over here