Do you want A:IR to be region locked?

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Do you think A:IR Should have region locking?

  1. Yes, I think each region should have its own publisher and region lock.

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  2. No, I think there should be one unified service without regional restrictions.

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  1. Wynnter

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    *Kakao are not going to open a new business in Russia to go head to head with GameNet.ru, or one in South America to challenge Red Fox, or in Japan to lock horns with GameOn.
    *The various other publishers are not going to give away chunks of their licensed territories (eg Russian publishers won't give away Latvia just because it is in the EU) - because that is the same as giving away money.
    *The licensed territories will use agreed region locks to protect their income streams.
    *No amount of posts on this forum will change any of the above.
     
  2. Szmer

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    So why they need Kakao then? hmm? :>

    It is not about what they want or not. It is about money... It changes a lot :>

    And that is a big problem... for me and many onther players.
    I'm from EU and Iv'e played TERA on NA servers for some time. It Was a terrible experience, even tried few VPN but it was still terrible. I'm playing a lot PvP and I cant imagine a fair fight against ppl with ping over 300.
     
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    i played more than 10 mmo's with no region restriction. all i want is to play with my good friends who are overseas regardless of their location.
     
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    I agree to this I played many MMOs one them being Aion Na Server which for me being in middle east had 400-500ms
    yes it was horrible but I had that reduced to 250ms with ping reduction software. Not ideal but playable and with time you get used to it and learn other classes tactics you can still compete with players that has lower ping to a certain level considering gear and skills.

    ps. I played the game for 5 years aside from other MMOs

    that being said, most other MMOs I played were on EU servers which is 150ms for me reduced to 90-100ms with software which I'm happy with.
    Also it's not always about competition in games it can be about having fun with other people and met many people from different countries and has different languages that I'm still in-touch with despite leaving the game we play together.
    Last but not least, not all people about PvP so they can enjoy other aspects of the game as well.

    I really hope region locks do not happen because I want to play this game as I didn't get to play BDO for that reason.
     
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    fingers crossed. i think bluehole won't put region restriction. Goodluck for players waiting outside NA-EU & Oceania.
    to my friends in South East Asia, i hope we can play together :)
     

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    i have friends in south east asia that can play tera. the region blocking in their game black desert is not kakao games fault it is by their developer. i don't think Bluehole will do the same thing as Pearl Abyss
     

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    I'd preffer no region lock.

    Although I'll personally be fine- one of my best friends had to stop playing bdo due to the region lock. Although living in the virgin islands (within na/eu region, speaking english ect) his only area provider was from another country. Thus it was vpn until price and the constant lag from said vpn made it no longer worth the effort.

    Not to mention people who have to travel for work or family. From my experience a lot of military people gravitate to mmos, for more socialising with friends when they have to move so often. I feel like keeping a region lock just hurts genuine players.

    And if people want to deal with the lag and language barrier they most likely dont have the game in their region and might be a good indicator on where to localize it next.

    Bots will just have to be handled as bots and not sacrificing a region imo.
     
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    Do not need regional locks, will use various VpN
    Players from other regions will eventually leave, and will play at home
     
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    bluehole won't put region locks. i have many friends in south east asia who speaks english a lot. they can play tera in there
     
  10. Sera

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    Well I can confirm there are IP blocks to play the CBT A:IR in KR on the Bluehole client, published by Bluehole.
     
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    because it is in korea. we can't read korean right? btw the game is only 60%
     
  12. Sera

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    No I am saying that I have played the Kr CBT, and that BLUEHOLE has locked the IP so that only KR can access. It does not matter if you can read/write or speak Korean or not, if your IP is not the right region you cannot play it !!!
     
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    Glad to see the region lock happening!
    While it sure does lock out some players, overall it´s great. High pings make the experience bad for everyone, that´s a simply fact. So the more players are locked out that could cause high ping for a region they want to play in, the better. Sure, it sucks for regions that are locked out due to some legal stuff but hey, there´s always VPN because, as we all know, region locking isn´t a thing that´s impossible to bypass (sadly).
    So while there is region locking confirmed, it will not affect the ones that really want to get into the game. For this, it would be needed to identify the specific PC and ban it. Sadly this probably won´t happen.
     
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    very impossible :)
     
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    All that is fantasizing,
    There's no need for us to argue about this.
    time will tell if hope becomes a reality.
     
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    every Korean gaming company is doing it; because to play mmorpg; and you need Korean Mobile Phone and Korean identification number to play the games. Players in the game are even protected with laws, unlike EU, NA and rest of the world. For example, you harress ppl, threaten ppl in game or in real life, use hacks, cheats or any kind of negative things then you are getting punished in Korea and thy don't let you play that games too anymore. I had been in South Korea 3 years ago; so I know all of these.
     
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    What makes You so sure? :>
    They are no official statements but according to the footer of this forum:

    The region lock is very possible.

    Like @Xash said... we dont want bunch of ppl with 300+ ping running around EU servers (for example). When you're playing pvp, it is fo f*** anoying and mostly, it makes fighting unfair for one side. Or imagine a 10 raid on Hard Mode with a guy 400 ms. He will wipe the entire raid group almost every time.

    I understand that You have some friends... like all of us. But we can't sacrifice experience thousands of players just for your few friends. And Yes, I know that you will not participate in PvP, and maby you're only a casual player... but with no region lock there will be more players outside EU and it will be one hell of a mess. Like I said earlier - I was playing on NA servers on Tera, I tried few other games with no region lock (on servers oustide EU) and it is almost unplayable. At least not for me and maaaaany guilds that want to play something more than gathering carrots outside a village.
     
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    i understand you. i'm not a casual. Bluehole will decide. also they are still in discussion.. Bluehole won't do the same thing as Pearl Abyss did to their game
     
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    "A:IR is a game developed by Bluehole, a Korean company, and licensed for Oceania, North America and part of Europe by Kakao Games Europe B.V." That sounds pretty conclusive.

    Where did you read this? I'd be interested to see that article, too.

    TERA was licensed to 3 regions by Bluehole previously (NHN in Korea, En Masse in NA and Gameforge in EU) so similar regional licensing for A:IR will hardly be something new. You should also bear in mind that the publisher carries out the localization, not the developer. It makes much more sense in terms of time and money for Bluehole to multilicense than for them to carry out all localizations themselves. Kakao have said they will do English, French and German. That implies that other publishers will be required for other localizations.
     
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    How do You know? Any official statement? You're working in BlueHole or something?

    And once again - Kakao is the publisher, NOT BlueHole. At last for " Oceania, North America and part of Europe". BlueHole can decide if they want to do buisness with Kakao or not. They can restrict some regions.... but they cant expand them. Kakao can publish only there where they have licences. If they have still the same licences when they publushed BDO, AIR will be published exactly the same way.

    BlueHole can't publish whatever they wont and anywhere they want. They need permissions from all regions for that. Or, they need to hire other company who has this permissions - licences. And then they can publish only there where they have permissions. If the license says that you can publish a game in US but it can be legally available for the US residents only, then you have to put region lock. That's it... It is all about licenses.
     

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