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So I recently became aware of ProSieben/Alaplaya publishing/distributing several of SoE games, having had experrience with said company have to admit I got quite disapointed instantly. Yet another way to screw over the European players and yet we always pay more for the same product...
So whats so bad about Prosieben?
--Alaplaya reserves the right to delete inactive characters after 90 days. (Now this might not be so bad to some of you, and some MMOs have that in the EULA, be patient)
-In violation of European and German privacy laws, Alaplaya publishes the real names of accounts that are past-due. (A german company not following rules, and taking advantage of their consumers...sweet under the context of "helping")
-Alaplaya/PSS1 is known for poorly-supported, security flaw riddled Korean-style browser MMOs. Not only does Alaplaya have a history of hacked accounts due to poor security, but they've done little to resolve the matter. More than a few players have expressed concern at the prospect of dealing with this shady company.
-EU players could lose access to SOE forums if they no longer have active Station accounts but instead Alaplaya accounts.
-SOE hopes that ProSiebenSat.1's location and expertise will result in in a greater audience for its games as well as more support and better localization for those under ProSiebenSat.1's umbrella. SOE even hopes that the partnership will result in "special content" for European players. (Now knowing the special content they have introduced in other games this might have dramatic negative effect on both european and us customer base and SoE wants it, wtf?)
-Now considering Alaplaya/PSS1 track record on adding special content to their game, why would they want them to add it at all - example of PSS1 adding to a game here.
-Previously, SOE had distribution agreements for Europe but nothing on the scale of what it now has with ProSiebenSat.1. It looks like EU players will need to transfer their accounts and characters over to ProSiebenSat.1's domain, although SOE promises that this will be an easy process. It's also important to note that these games and their servers will not interact with their North American counterparts, effectively separating the communities.
-Prizing will be different due to currency. We all know that $49.99 is the same as €49.99 right?
So what will you do about it, I know what I will do about it.
I contacted customer support and logged a complaint about it, just to feel better. Then I made this post hoping to create a discusion and maybe get enough buzz that us euro gamers can say no yet to getting screwed. If not I wont be playing Planetside 2 or any other SoE game published by ProSieben. Apparantly you can't pay with a European visa card on SOE games anymore.
(I suggest if you agree with me, log a complaint with customer support about the deal with prosieben)
So as you might have noticed I am quite biased against this deal, what is toughts on the Prosieben/SoE deal? Do you think SOE will benefit from this and do you think we as consumergroup are gaining anything from this deal?