Initially servers will be forced. This means that people in the US will have to choose between East and West. Europeans wont be able to play on the US servers and vice versa. The Asian servers will obviously also be cut off from others.
Whatabout Australian/New Zealander players? Does this mean we will be forced to play on Asian servers? I don't want to play on a Asian server, a euro server or even an Oceanic server located in Australia. I want to play on a US West server dammit.
They tried too do the same with DAOC, the version u bought decided what servers i could play on.... i didnt realize that till it was too late lol
bought my version in holland installed it and my friends told me too join guinivere... THERE WAS NO GUINIVERE! lol
so all u gotta do is buy it online to get the US versoin i guess....
or fly over too the us (my plan! lol)
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Iíve been bringing your concerns to the staff, and I do have a clarification regarding one the concerns brought up. Players located in North America will be able to choose between the USWest and USEast servers, though weíll recommend you choose the location closest to you.
Also, I just want to make sure itís clear that while we believe European players will have a significantly better experience playing on local European servers, we understand that some European players will still want to play on US servers. For these individuals, we will provide a specific solution following the European release.
I know that there are still some open questions from this thread, but Iím afraid that thatís all the information I have at this time. However, I will continue to pursue this subject internally and will let you know as soon as I have more information. Thanks in advance for your patience while I look into this further. :)
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This falls under my usual MMOG policy. If I can't import a copy from the US and sign up and play with my friends in the US who will probably be on East I'll just not play the game at all. Also I refuse to play in anything that requires me to rely on ubisoft, I don't have so much money I want to feed that monstrocity of suck. I think they overestimate how badly some of us European players want it. I want to play that game, but not badly enough that I'm paying money to be stuck on a European server. I'd rather play EQ than do that. Heck, I'd rather buy another EQ expansion in which I will only get to experience 10% of the content than buy an enforced geographical server linked MMOG - no matter how good it is or how fun it looks.
Europeans can answer this for me hopefully - whats wrong with playing on a european server? Obviously there will be more US players (thus the reason for two us servers) but i don't see anything wrong with playing during your own primetime..
(For B and C assume the English are not Europeans, those parts mostly refer to non-native English speaking countries although some cultural gaps still exist)
A. I want to play with my friends, who are in the US. After about a decade now of playing I'm used to playing US east coast times. After about a decade of knowing and playing with those people I'd like to be able to be on the same server as them so we can do stuff together like we have been doing since the very first pre-MMOGs.
B. I've tried European servers. No offense meant to any fellow Europeans but the asshattery that ensues when there's a great many non native English speakers with very shakey knowledge of English is just not fun for me anymore. It wasn't for the full 3 months I tried it, it's not fun now either. It adds a level of frustration that I'm not wanting in my games. And y'know I get the exact same feeling when playing single player European games due to poor translation. Or Asian games for that matter.
C. For some reason I get on better with the US folks in general. I know that culture better, I have better understanding of how it works and heck, we even mock the same commercials. Not so with most European countries, we don't know enough about each other to really connect as well. Continental European culture and languages can be a big barrier. I mean geez, traditionally us Europeans aren't exactly known for being one big happy family of understanding, loving and caring.
(Especially after being repeatedly trained by a French bard who doesn't speak a word of English, or at least pretends not to so he can say he didn't understand your "stop trying to kill me" pleas. And for some odd reason in my experience it will almost always be a French bard or a German necro - don't ask me why, it's one of the mysteries of the universe I guess.)
There is still a need for higher level confirmation. However the guy who did the interview that gathered this information also mentioned that Australians will be on USWest. Which, if true, means the 24 Hour clock is going to bite but it's still a hell of a lot better than being on the Asian servers.
... of course this means Australians should be in the beta, but let's not drain Blizzards clue pool too quickly.