Region lock

#1 Posted by Vitor (2832 posts) -

 So I'm currently in Korea for my year abroad as part of my university degree - I'm moving onto Japan next month where I will be spending 12 months at a university there.

I had no idea that the servers for SC2 would be region locked and now am somewhat wary of buying the game as I'd probably opt for the European version (despite the hefty £45 price tag...) so I can play it on my return to the UK. However this means I won't be able to use the East Asian servers while I'm in Japan.

I'm assuming that there's offline skirmish against the AI at least? I'm new to Starcraft so wouldn't likely be jumping into multplayer straight away and was wondering whether the offline options (if the AI provides a decent challenge on higher difficulties and the campaign) is worth it.    

#2 Posted by sodiumCyclops (2644 posts) -

I'm not planning on playing too much MP, but I'm having a blast playing SP.
 
I got the Oceania version (NZ, AUS etc.)

#3 Posted by Meteora (5787 posts) -

A year of university in Japan sounds like you'll be waiting for quite some time before you can play SC2 back at UK. 
 
If you're really desperate, I suppose you could just buy the game twice. Could sell it used later to someone else when you're about to head back.

#4 Posted by Vitor (2832 posts) -
@Meteora said:
" A year of university in Japan sounds like you'll be waiting for quite some time before you can play SC2 back at UK.  If you're really desperate, I suppose you could just buy the game twice. Could sell it used later to someone else when you're about to head back. "
Not if I buy it digitally I don't think and , there's no retail release of SC2 hitting Japan (anaemic PC market there with hardly any stores having shelf space for the platform, even dedicated games stores). 
 
Not a big enough SC fan to buy it twice (hell, the £45 price tag is putting me off buying it even once). Region lock seems like it's purely there to stop people playing currency conversion as the US version at $60 is way cheaper than £45. Surely hardcore US players would kill to go up against the Koreans? Seems like something that could get removed but still... Not sure if I should make the plunge (£45 is practically the price of 2 new games off Steam).
#5 Posted by JackPack (25 posts) -

You know, I used to think PC gaming was free of all this region lock crap.... then came Blizzard and all went bad :P

#6 Posted by wchigo (568 posts) -

They did mention that eventually they'll get rid of the region-lock, but they have yet to announce a timeframe other than "shortly after release" or something along those lines.

#7 Posted by CreativeColossi (215 posts) -

I just want to play the game with all Korean dialogue, that voice acting is just as good as the English. Plus StarCraft in Korean just seems to work.

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