Respawn boss Vince Zampella says people who get their hands on legitimate copies of Titanfall ahead of the official launch date won't be banned for playing it.
You know how it goes: A hot new game is a few days from release, but the schmoe at GameStop who doesn't read the memos tossed it up on the shelf early and you got your hands on a copy and booked before anyone figured out what was going on. You run home, slam it in, push the button and BAM! You're banned. It doesn't happen all the time, but it happens enough that it's something to keep in mind when you're considering whether or not to take advantage of a stonily indifferent clerk.
But if you happen to see some street-date-breaking copies of Titanfall lying around, go ahead and grab one, because Vince Zampella says it's all good. "About playing early: We won't stop or ban legit copies," he tweeted earlier today. "It is prelaunch, so there may be interruptions in service as we prep servers."
About playing early: We wonâ€™t stop or ban legit copies. It is prelaunch, so there may be interruptions in service as we prep servers.— Vince Zampella (@VinceZampella) March 7, 2014
It's unfortunate that a rather mundane and common-sense approach to what is really a non-problem is newsworthy, but there you have it: As long as your copy of Titanfall is legal (and EA/Respawn presumably have ways of knowing if you're naughty or nice), you may do with it as you will, the moment you're able.
Zampella also revealed the less-happy news that Titanfall won't be available in South Africa due to server performance issues, but said the studio will have "good news soon for Aussies." Australian players will have to make do with Singapore-based servers at launch, resulting in higher pings than those experienced by gamers with "native" data centers.