Someone posted the following to the UO onelist, which originally appeared on an Austrailan-UO message base:
I rang EA in Queensland just then and they are rolling the red carpet on what will be a mammoth occasion, as they announce the opening og the Oceania server on January 10th. This news will be officially announced on New Year’s Day at 5PM AEST by Origin. They said that with the official announcements only coming direct from Origin themselves rather than EA. They also said with the official announcements people will be able to buy UO Game Time cards at a discount through the month of January. They said the price is unknown. The dummy boxes of the [special Australian version of UO, the] Discovery Edition are already in some Harvy Norman stores and they do look presentable… similar to the Ultima Ascension box. They said the server is most likely to be based in Melbourne and will give Australia a wide berth [assuming they mean Australians only can log in –Lum], with New Zealand to follow 5 days later, Singapore 10 days after NZ and the rest of the world at the end of February. Origin will be emailing everyone that subscribed details on New Years Day.
Assuming, of course, Origin, the United States, and/or Australia survive Y2K.