Electronic Arts has announced that it will limit the sale of Star Wars: The Old Republic at launch.

According to a spokesperson, the decision was made in order to ensure server stability at launch, something that has sunk massively multiplayer online games in the past.

Speaking with Gamasutra, the spokesperson said, “We are limiting launch quantities of Star Wars: The Old Republic to ensure players have a smooth and high quality game experience and service at launch.”

“All versions of the game – physical and digital – are available for pre-order on a limited basis only. Once they are gone, they are gone.”

Star Wars: The Old Republic will not initially launch in Australia and New Zealand. When the news was announced, a BioWare spokesperson said, “Today we've announced the pre-order details for the initial launch of Star Wars: The Old Republic, and as you may now know, we’ve taken the difficult but necessary decision to limit our initial launch supply for the game.

“BioWare and LucasArts are completely focused on building an exceptional game and an exceptional game service to go with it. We decided to constrain our launch capacity to ensure we deliver a great experience to every player.”

Star Wars: The Old Republic will release in other markets later this year. A local release date has not been announced.