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  • fiontarfiontar Dana, MAPosts: 3,719Member

    Other!

    They seem to be giving us a full 72 hours, which is good. However, I don't care that they are located in the Pacific Time Zone, they aren't the center of the Player Base universe. I'm going to guess that 90% of players are going to be in US or EU time zones and Pacific Time is at the tail end of that time zone range.

    Midnight Eastern Time (US) would have made much more sense for the HS and release date start times. That's 9pm to 1AM for North America, not too late for the eastern coast to participate. 5AM to 2PM for most of Europe, which isn't too early.

    Midnight Pacific puts the eastern most North American start times at 2AM to 4AM, which is horrible, even for night owls and early risers.

    They really don't seem to have any "big picture thinkers" determining their scheduled times.

    I personally can work with the time with out issues, but I know it's going to be a huge issue for most people in the US East of the Mississippi River, all the way to far Eastern Canada!

    Besides, Midnight EDT also allows for midnight store openings on release day, if any retailers wanted to do so. Can't happen with anywhere in the US, except for PDT, Alaska and Hawaii with a Midnight PDT timer.

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  • SiphaedSiphaed Everywhere!Posts: 876Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by fiontar

    Other!

    They seem to be giving us a full 72 hours, which is good. However, I don't care that they are located in the Pacific Time Zone, they aren't the center of the Player Base universe. I'm going to guess that 90% of players are going to be in US or EU time zones and Pacific Time is at the tail end of that time zone range.

    Midnight Eastern Time (US) would have made much more sense for the HS and release date start times. That's 9pm to 1AM for North America, not too late for the eastern coast to participate. 5AM to 2PM for most of Europe, which isn't too early.

    Midnight Pacific puts the eastern most North American start times at 2AM to 4AM, which is horrible, even for night owls and early risers.

    They really don't seem to have any "big picture thinkers" determining their scheduled times.

    I personally can work with the time with out issues, but I know it's going to be a huge issue for most people in the US East of the Mississippi River, all the way to far Eastern Canada!

    Besides, Midnight EDT also allows for midnight store openings on release day, if any retailers wanted to do so. Can't happen with anywhere in the US, except for PDT, Alaska and Hawaii with a Midnight PDT timer.

     

     

    Excuse you for thinking that you're the center of the Universe.  I for one am GLAD that finally some company uses OUR time zone as a launcher instead of East Coast.  Every other MMO or whatever does it by timezone-specific (so Eastern gets a 3hr Headstart).  Only few have done universal launch with midnight Eastern, which is 9pm my time...not bad bonus, but eh.


  • rachmat19rachmat19 MelbournePosts: 29Member
    Originally posted by fiontar

    Other!

    They seem to be giving us a full 72 hours, which is good. However, I don't care that they are located in the Pacific Time Zone, they aren't the center of the Player Base universe. I'm going to guess that 90% of players are going to be in US or EU time zones and Pacific Time is at the tail end of that time zone range.

    Midnight Eastern Time (US) would have made much more sense for the HS and release date start times. That's 9pm to 1AM for North America, not too late for the eastern coast to participate. 5AM to 2PM for most of Europe, which isn't too early.

    Midnight Pacific puts the eastern most North American start times at 2AM to 4AM, which is horrible, even for night owls and early risers.

    They really don't seem to have any "big picture thinkers" determining their scheduled times.

    I personally can work with the time with out issues, but I know it's going to be a huge issue for most people in the US East of the Mississippi River, all the way to far Eastern Canada!

    Besides, Midnight EDT also allows for midnight store openings on release day, if any retailers wanted to do so. Can't happen with anywhere in the US, except for PDT, Alaska and Hawaii with a Midnight PDT timer.

     

    Dude, at least you get to play since midnight on the 25th... Some of us have to wait until 5pm of the 25th... 

  • lilHealalilHeala ZwollePosts: 512Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by fiontar

    Other!

    They seem to be giving us a full 72 hours, which is good. However, I don't care that they are located in the Pacific Time Zone, they aren't the center of the Player Base universe. I'm going to guess that 90% of players are going to be in US or EU time zones and Pacific Time is at the tail end of that time zone range.

    Midnight Eastern Time (US) would have made much more sense for the HS and release date start times. That's 9pm to 1AM for North America, not too late for the eastern coast to participate. 5AM to 2PM for most of Europe, which isn't too early.

    Midnight Pacific puts the eastern most North American start times at 2AM to 4AM, which is horrible, even for night owls and early risers.

    They really don't seem to have any "big picture thinkers" determining their scheduled times.

    I personally can work with the time with out issues, but I know it's going to be a huge issue for most people in the US East of the Mississippi River, all the way to far Eastern Canada!

    Besides, Midnight EDT also allows for midnight store openings on release day, if any retailers wanted to do so. Can't happen with anywhere in the US, except for PDT, Alaska and Hawaii with a Midnight PDT timer.

    For me it's a huge improvement over many other MMO companies that even have their weekly maintenance often extended into our peak gaming hours here in EU because they all seem to think that PST zone is the center of the universe and rule us euros out of giveaways / contests and even GM run in-game events. That affects us weekly so in some way I enjoy that this time around it's inconvenient for the PST zone folk for 1x only. If you want to be there at launch time adjust your sleeping schedule, it's weekend after all. If that's too much for you then just join in later after your normal sleeping hours, probably less queue time and better performance by then too. 

    And you're saying 4AM is horrible for NA folks but 5AM for EU isn't too early?

  • BijouBijou BudapestPosts: 145Member

    Well, it's morning for Europe and I have to work. Or I get a day off... 0:)

  • IcewhiteIcewhite Elmhurst, ILPosts: 6,403Member

    Oh, just never mind.  Sound and Fury, signifying nothing.

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