Despite the recent fuss about some of the systems that were being used in Final Fantasy XIV, and the rather large system requirements, I’ve been kind of interested in having a look at this game since it came to my attention a while back.
But the latest tidbit of info to come across my browser has me seeing red. (See video below.)
It’s inexcusable in this day and age of borderless Internet to completely cut entire chunks of the world out of accessing your product. It’s one thing to have different distribution agreements with various companies and restrict access based on those, at least a player can still access the game just in their own region, and in any case I think that is bad business too. However, it’s a whole other thing to deny access because a player doesn’t live in Japan, North America, or Europe.
For one thing, you’ve just spent millions creating a product and you don’t want to take my money just because I’m in Oz? Huh. Dumb.
Then of course there is the region lock-in. Will this mean that when I can play your game, I won’t be able to choose the region to play in? I kinda like playing with folks across the world, and the fact is I belong to two multi-national guilds. The Halasian Empire in EQ2, and the multi-game Casualties of War. Not being allowed to play with friends because you live somewhere else sucks.
So Square Enix, when you do eventually allow ‘other’ regions to play your game, guess what, I won’t be interested. I’ll be playing a game where the developers don’t lock players out based on regions.
You can kiss my pale, hairy, arse Square Enix.