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Report – EA Cancels Titanfall Pre-Orders in South Africa Due To Poor Network Performance

MP1st - EA is cancelling pre-orders for Respawn Entertainment’s fast-approaching shooter, Titanfall, in South Africa, according to recent reports. (PC, TitanFall, Xbox 360, Xbox One)

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urwifeminder  +   634d ago
Yeah some Titanfall news , bad luck SA just lost the cricket too chin up I will play extra games for you guys.
Ashunderfire86  +   634d ago
So much for 300,000 servers from the almighty cloud! It couldn't even save South Africa from getting Titanfall cancelled.
NewMonday  +   634d ago
online only will be a big problem for this game
theshonen8899  +   634d ago
I see news like this and I think back to the old days when publishers weren't so terrified of the internet and people could just host dedicated servers for all their mates. If Respawn went with private servers instead of Microsoft's "cloud" people could just run their own linux servers with bots and all, like Valve lets them with TF2 and CS.
Volkama  +   634d ago
It's a shame for SA (and I'm surprised they aren't postponing Oceania) but it wouldn't make much sense to design such major strategies around such small markets.

Respawn have said they will look into private hosting options after launch, so maybe that will be an option for SA later on for PC at least.

You can quite easily look up what parts of the world have good coverage, and the Northern hemisphere is pretty well catered for.

North America
North-central US - Chicago, IL
South-central US - San Antonio, TX
West US - California
East US - Virginia

East Asia - Hong Kong, China
South East Asia - Singapore

North Europe - Dublin, Ireland
West Europe - Amsterdam, Netherlands

Japan East, the Tokyo area
Japan West, the Kansai area

Oceania (announced, coming soon)[10]
Sydney, New South Wales (announced, coming soon)
Melbourne, Victoria (announced, coming soon)
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Palitera  +   634d ago
The real problem here is the exclusive reliance on dedicated servers. Every country out of their beloved list is doomed to face constant and high lag, which wouldn't happen with lobby systems.

No system is perfect, but I'm always against dedicated servers because it means constant lag, sometimes higher, sometimes lower, but almost everyone will be playing quite away from the server, even I you're in Europe or North America.
PONTIAC08G8GT  +   634d ago
I didn't know South Africa was a huge gaming population. I'm sure Titanfall preorders and sales will go way way down (sarcasm). I love how everyone is making a big deal about it not being available in South Africa. Yes it sucks for them, but I don't think MS or any game for that matter targets South Africa as the "go to" country for gaming.
VENOMACR1227  +   634d ago
It's negative press/news for Titanfall so it's a big deal. Anything negative relating to either is always blown out of proportion. Now if the UK or US couldn't play the game, that's a problem because those are two of the biggest markets. Not sure South Africa is a blip on the radar for gaming.
Ra3030  +   634d ago
And so it begins. This is the first of what will be a long list of bad news for EA and Microsoft concerning Titanfall. The game has hyped to a level it can never live up to. And that add to that EA and Microsoft both involved yeah there's that. Lol.....the Titan is really falling now.
Godmars290  +   634d ago
Its only rumor.

Still, you'd think that they'd have tested worldwide online support well before now.
xDHAV0K24x  +   634d ago
ur only saying the hype can't be lived up to because it's not on the ps3 or ps4
Criminal  +   634d ago
I feel bad for gamers in SA. Hopefully, there wont be a new trend.
Nitrowolf2  +   634d ago
well that bites, I guess
cussing  +   634d ago
Oh snap, well at least they are being upfront about it rather than selling the game and not being able to support it.
Ra3030  +   634d ago
"Oh snap, well at least they are being upfront about it rather than selling the game and not being able to support it".
Not sure that's exactly true them being upfront and all. If you mean EA then I guess it could be true. But we also have Microsoft involved here. And as I recall a big part of their sales spiel for the X1 was dedicated Azure servers that would solve all MP lag issues and there would be no more hacks and cheaters because the Azure. So I agree it's great no one paid anything for a game they can't use but what about the X1 and other MP games in SA? That would be terrible if even one X1 MP game had issues down there. I hope that's not the case but I guess only one who lives there and has the X1 can can answer that.
mrpsychoticstalker  +   634d ago
U forgot the beta? Lol, rumors are hilarious
ooquis  +   634d ago
The only reason Xbox360 was a hit in SA was because it was much cheaper than the ps3. I just don't c Xboxone doing well over all.I got a friend who imported one just for this game,i guess he'll be of the grid for a while.
chrissx  +   634d ago
What about the so called clouds then? Bad news for S.A
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metalsonar713  +   634d ago
you can technically still buy the game if you switch your xbox live market settings to the usa or europe.
boing1  +   634d ago
People shouldn't need to do that.
metalsonar713  +   634d ago
well then wait till servers are ready, you dont have to if you are patient.
MightyNoX  +   634d ago
@metalsonar: what about people with no servers like Australians?
ma1asiah  +   634d ago
The 300,000 cloud based Azure is an ongoing global expansion that unfortunately for the X1 is still under development.

As recent as September and November of last year there were many reports of MS acquiring, renting and building data centres.

This is noted in articles such as this one dated 18/09/2013


and this one dated 22/11/2013

at the time of that article going up it mentioned this

"We have announced that we are building Azure data servers in Sydney and Melbourne."

At present South Africa, Australia and New Zealand do not have full Azure cloud support or dedicated servers in general. This is easily identifiable when you do a detailed network check and see latency ranging from 163 to 218ms. Something that just wouldn't be the case if we had local data centres.

This doesn't affect most MP games which still use player hosted matches etc, just those that rely on Azure and it only affects those of us who live in remote locations not fully supported by Azure.

Which most of Australia and New Zealand will be taken care of by the two data centres mentioned previously once construction is finalised or completed.

At present information of Microsoft data centres being built or established in South Africa are well nowhere to be found.

I don't think however that Microsoft would launch their console in an area without no plans to service South Africa via Azure at all.

This is a real shame and I sincerely feel for our peers in South Africa, hopefully the situation gets rectified sooner rather later.

Lets face it, it is mainly us in the southern hemisphere that are most affected out of the 13 countries that the X1 has currently launched in. So its just a shame that they couldn't have implemented for traditional regionalised player hosted matches to be run in our countries while many of the data centres required are still being built.
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