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Where can I find an official and finalized list of which countries can play with who? The official forums are a mess with loads of threads about this. Ive checked the faqs on the main site and the forums and I cant bloody find it?
How can a new player find this? I predict that a lot of players will buy a boxed copy, assuming they can play TCoS with their international friends. Only to discover that they wont be able to chose the same server. They should put a warning on the EU versions of the boxed copies!!
The fact that Acclaim has part of EU and the two other distributors the rest with an IP block in between them, bloody gimps EU players. Acclaim obviously doesnt care. Understandable in their eyes : US+some of EU is more then alone US. The fact that the ip blocking within EU territories means that less EU players will play TCoS, doesnt matter for them. Considering that their alternative was only US and EU for a different distrubitor.
All those devs always state how important a guild structure is within a MMO. With their IP blocking they now show how important they really think it is. A lot of international guilds or simply friends who are used to play MMO's together will look for a different game. It doesnt matter who made the decision to use IP blocking, distrubitor or developer, both are going through with it. They just dont give a shit.
Normally I dont care about games I dont like. I dont start ranting like this. But this situation is different. MMORPG's evolve more around communities then any other types of PC games and here the devs+distributors are just hypocrite with their cursed IP block.
Dramatized TL;DR version: The whole community principle of this MMO just went down the drain.