A very controversial issue appeared earlier today on mmorpg.com. I’m not sure about the source so I had to think twice before posting about it myself, but since it’s a very serious concern for thousands of players including myself, I can’t help it.
Apparently, NCsoft decided to give distribution rights in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania to a company called “Innova Group”, which is a distributor of localized Russian version. In addition, an IP block will be enforced, meaning the players from these countries will not be able to play on European servers, but rather Russian. Furthermore, Croatia and Turkey will be joining those countries and will be blocked from accessing EU servers as well, which clearly made a “few” players quite upset.
Being from Croatia myself, I fail to see any logic behind this decision. I included a map so you can fail to see it too.
Now I’m not sure about Turkey, but Russian language is definitely not a popular one in my country and I have no intention of learning it just to be able to play Aion, nor would I ever want to play with any russian people and I’m not alone. Due to the IP block, we obviously won’t be able to choose where to play, and forcing players in any of the above countries to play on localized russian servers has got to be the most ridiculous move I’ve ever seen in history of gaming.
The official response to this is yet to be seen.
Response (GM Ricardo) 08/20/2009 10:23 AM
Thank you again for your interest in Aion.
Croatia will be included in the EU servers.
Unfortunately, we do not have any further information about the game’s release in Lithuania at this point.
As a result, Lithuanian users will not be able to use any acquired serial codes to create an Aion game account (whether it’s American or European).
Should this situation change we’ll make an announcement on our official website.
Thankfully one part is resolved, Croatian users will indeed be able to play on EU servers, however Lithuanian players will not be able to play anywhere or will be limited to Russian servers. Definitely a bad move by NCsoft.
All of the aforementioned countries will be able to play on EU servers, thankfully.