Blizzard's VP of product development, Frank Pearce, has confirmed to IncGamers that there are no current plans to let EU players play against NA players unless they buy the game in that region as well.
so American WoW players can't talk to euro WoW players either? Wtf?
Well, I suppose you mean using Battle.net, then no.
Ouch... was looking foward to losing to leord :P
Hehe, me too.
Lol, I will likely have to buy an American box as well anyway. EU CE and US normal.
Anyone else completely disappointed in Battlenet 2.0? Starcraft 2 is great but the clunky "streamlined" interface sucks. Not to mention the lame custom games setup (not sure if you will be able to save/regroup in impossible scenarios etc), the weird ladder ranking, the friends list (i have to know his email or played a game with him? lame), No lobbys?. Just to name a few they better overhaul this before the game launches cause as it is Battlenet 1.0 is far better Also no Lan i don't like where Blizz is headed since WoW
Blizzard suck lately, even starcraft 2 does in my opinion its way too much like the 1st one not saying the 1st one suck tho it was one of the best game on PC and still is but with this sequel i hoped for a new experience not the same with new graphics. I just hope they dont mess up diablo 3
This is bad :(
This is one of the aspects in which their games have actually degraded in quality since this used to be possible "back in the days". My overall opinion of their games it that while they are good, they also have a bit of a flat experience because they try to maintain a level of control over the gameplay that is to high.
WTF? Is it possible they do it just to sell more? I can¨t imagine any other reason.
I'd imagine there's primarily technical reasons. They are piggy-backing on the WoW infrastructure (except for Australians), and it's just easier to handle in regions. Sucks though...
I'm guessing they'll make you pay for intercontinental play...
This is indeed bad new for those of that have friends in different regions. It is also really bad for SC2 websites that want to hold competitions for their members :/
It sucks tbh.
I really don't like their policy on this. They limit the user experience to much. While I understand that bending the user experience to their will as much as possible should ensure a certain level of quality, I think it would be better to keep this intercontinental option open and just flag it as "not recommended" if the latency is to high. Ladder games would either have to be excluded from this, or just allow flagged players to play on another.
I bet the pirate lan versions that are bound to emerge very soon won't have this limitation... way to fight the piracy Blizzard.
Another strike from Blizzard.
The best thing they can (and should) do instead of this, would probably be to just have a low latency or regional requirement for competitive ladder play only. And allow friendly play between regions, also allowing B-net friends between regions. Might be a work in progress they don't have time to finish before the release though.
So they had the netcode to cope with playing against foreign countries on the first Starcraft, but not the second? Is there really THAT much extra information being sent in the sequel? Because I find that hard to believe, particularly when every other RTS on the planet doesn't try to restrict you from playing against people on other continents. Utter rubbish. And I guess this spells exactly the same thing for everything else using Battle.net, too.
no they just want to control everything ... and they don't understand that history have already spoken ...territory servers use in online game is a BAD thing
Frank Pearce cracks me up, fun guy :)
So they want to integrate facebook so you can hook up with all your international friends, but do not allow you to play with them? That is a bit weird. Maybe its going to be a paid service then?
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