No APB For Australia

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No APB For Australia

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Electronic Arts has announced that APB, the crime-themed MMOG from Realtime Worlds, won't be released in Australia, but for once government censorship isn't to blame.

APB: All Points Bulletin is scheduled to be released on June 29 in North America, July 1 in Europe and July 2 in the U.K. Australia? Try never. Yes, it's sad, but it's also a situation that should be familiar to our brothers and sisters Down Under, except that this time the Classification Board has nothing to do with it.

The hangup is entirely technological. APB features a lot of shooter-like action and thus a low ping is far more important than in most MMOGs. That means local servers are a must for decent gameplay, but Realtime Worlds apparently has no interest in running servers in Australia. Since EA is only handling distribution of the game through the EA Partners program, it has no say in the matter and has thus decided to simply not release the game there.

As Kotaku Australia points out, determined Aussie gamers could import a copy from the U.S., set up an account with a U.S. credit card and try to play on a U.S. server, but if it doesn't work out - and it probably won't - then it's tough noogies for you. Can't really complain to customer service about that. Perhaps an internet petition would be in order?

Poor Australia. It's like Fate herself has it in for you.

Thanks to Labyrinth for the tip.

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So, it's Realtime Worlds AND EA Partners choice? Ahh well. That sucks.

And what's that about Fate?

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Damn...Chrono Cross looked GOOD. That is some kick ass in-game PS1 graphics...

All Australian Escapists, you have my sympathy

Damn, that's harsh. Must be because of all the dropbears.

It doesn't bother me too much, as I don't like MMOs in the first place. I was expecting it to be our goddamn classification board again when I saw the title though.

Damn rati-

Oh, yeah, right.

Anyway that sucks ass. APB looked pretty cool, shame Australian gamers can't get it.

The_root_of_all_evil:
Damn, that's harsh. Must be because of all the dropbears.

That's why it's long past time wearing pointy hats was made mandatory, puts a stop to that nonsense rather neatly.

...That game actually had me interested. Damn.
Low Ping has always seemed like a handicap, not neccessarily a disqualification. Oddly I'm pleased that it wasn't banned for legal issues though, although this is a twist.

Austrilan gamers...

Dr. wonderful pity you.

...

Ok folks! I'm going to do an assassin contract! Who want a piece of it!?

So, Australians won't be able to pretend they are 50 Cents pretending to be gangsters in a world full of 13-year old "gangstas"?

WHYY GOD WHYYY

Well, I suppose that makes sense. Sucks for them unfortunatly living in the middle of the ocean ><

Well, Yahtzee is going to be pissed.
Or apathetic. It could go either way.

you're not missing much.

I'd just have a friend in the states let me proxy through his computer. There's workarounds for every regional restriction.

Unless they magically fixed a ton of problems/bugs then don't worry, your not missing out on much.

hmmmm, from what I heard about this game, we aren't missing a whole lot, shame really, since the game looked pretty cool.

Well, I haven't heard of this game, but USA-based servers have always been a problem for online gaming in Australia. High ping makes me sad.

Now, I kind of hope that this game fails. Maybe that sounds quite bitter and mean, but I've been following this game and looking forward to it for a long time, I'm talking back when it was supposed to be on the 360 long. And then they go and pull this shit? The amount of money spent on creating/running a server will be returned when it gets players, the only possible reason to do this is either from laziness or by releasing a bad game and not trusting that profit can be made, so only laziness really. I doubt that Realtime is thinking 'this game sucks so lets spend the lowest amount of money possible on the servers' so it seems like they just can't be fucked to do it. Great design philosophy.

What really sucks is that the game could probably be played pretty well for an Aussie on a Korean, Chinese or Japanese server and you can bet that there will be a lot of those. Man, screw Realtime. I'll be picking up SW:TOR for sure.

but Realtime Worlds apparently has no interest in running servers in Australia.

Lazy/racist/cheap pricks.

I don't even know what this game is but it sounds bad anyway.

I guess I know how you Australians feel, here in South America we too won't be able to play it (very high ping, etc.). For once I wish an action game was a classic point and click mmorpg.

Aussies: You are not missing much. This game is great for a couple of hours. But gets boring quickly.

I don't care so much for this game in particular, however...

"Why world!? WHY!? We're a country too! A whole continent even! There are people here, NICE people, and we DO have the internets! and pc's! We don't amuse ourselves with didgeridoos all day..."

This is not ME speaking, this is the East coast of Australia....don't really care about Perth and Broome too much. :D

Just kidding, we love you Perth. We just pretend you're not there most of the time :)

Irridium:
Damn rati-

Oh, yeah, right.

Anyway that sucks ass. APB looked pretty cool, shame Australian gamers can't get it.

I'm 100% sure there will be unlicensed fan servers.
Seriously, 100% sure.
Still, damn shame that you're not getting the actual legal version.
Seems quite like an asshole move by EA.

Used to it #.#

Not that I'm complaining, but MH3 connects Aussie gamers to the Euro Server for ....... reasons beyond me because the US is closer <.<

No worries. I doubt this game will succeed or be online long. Two words- Hellgate London.

I wonder how much of this is motivated by threats of the Australian internet censorship mess that would have cut their bandwidth horrifically. Or is that already in place?

Bretty:
Aussies: You are not missing much. This game is great for a couple of hours. But gets boring quickly.

I knew it.

Abedeus:
So, Australians won't be able to pretend they are 50 Cents pretending to be gangsters in a world full of 13-year old "gangstas"?

WHYY GOD WHYYY

This is basically my opinion on the matter.

Apparently you aren't missing so much so, have fun with tons of other games!

I'm not so much concerned that we're missing out on APB that much; I honestly had no interest in it whatsoever, but I certainly know people who would. It's the fact that they decided to alienate an entire fucking continent, just because they're too lazy to make Oceanic servers. What a bunch of pricks.

This just goes to show how much respect Australia holds in the entire industry (ie. zilch).

At least they have been up front about the reasons, servers in Australia simply aren't cheap enough apparently. Rather than do the WoW cop out that leaves Aussies struggling in PvP.

Marq:
Well, I haven't heard of this game, but USA-based servers have always been a problem for online gaming in Australia. High ping makes me sad.

So they won't release the game in Australia because it will lag for us? Blooody hell, we aren't used to that at all are we. By that reasoning all games run off EA servers should not be released in Australia. All EA sports games are almost unplayable online due to laggy unresponsive controls. Battlefield Bad Company 2 should have shipped in Australia with the knife function disabled altogether, at least that way we wouldn't be tempted to even try to use it. It's embarrasing to sneak up behind someone, take two point blank attempts to stab him in the back and have them spin around and stab you before you see him react. Strangly the rest of the game works KIND of okay MOST of the time but again, we are just used to it down under. Being so far away AND having a substandard broadband network is just a hurdle we have to negotiate with online play. On top of all of that we still OWN on XBOX live!!

tehweave:
Well, Yahtzee is going to be pissed.
Or apathetic. It could go either way.

It's a mumorperger (to use his particular name for it) so I can't imagine he'd be terribly put out about the whole thing.

I'm sort of tempted to get this game myself, if only because I'd spend 80% of my time tweaking and detailing cars.

F*** this, I'm moving to California.

Never heard of it so I don't give a damn. Australia gets screwed over in every regard anyway.

Meh, better than a half assed, unsupported release. We choose[1] to live oceans away from civilisation, this is the price we pay.

[1] Most adult Australians could move away, and would do so if it was truly terrible...That said, the way the countries going I could very seriously jump ship in the next few years

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