Publishers Anger the CIS
So it seems some foul play is in the air, with Russian and other consumers from Eastern Europe, getting chopped down and incomplete versions of games. Specifically, Borderlands 2.
A user on Reddit has highlighted the issue, explaining how pre-ordering Borderlands 2 netted him a special 'Russian Version'. One that is remarkably different from the version the rest of the world gets.
The list of grievances is quite extensive:
• The game shows as 'Borderlands RU' in the game library on Steam.
• A thing called AppID means Russian gamers won't be able to play with the rest of the world online.
• It looks like this version won't have access to the DLC either, as those who pre-ordered the season pass are unable to activate it.
• The Game is region locked so if they go outside Russia, they can't play it anymore.
• There are also worries about language and translation issues, as the Steam page says it is only playable in Russian - a bad version of Russian.
• Perhaps the worst is this: users from Lithuania, Ukraine, Estonia and some other countries are getting the exact same, Russian version.
To read it in full go to the link above. Needless to say, this is a pretty shitty situation for the Russian and Eastern European gamers. The Reddit user also brought up how Diablo 3 and Starcraft 2 have similar restrictions, namely; region locks, language locks and, in Starcraft 2's case, subscriptions.
The Reddit users are currently contacting publishers for answers and explanations, let's hope they can sort it out and play the version of Borderlands 2 the rest of the world gets to play. The publishers are probably thinking this version of the game is cut down for anti-piracy purposes, because all Eastern Europeans are pirates am I right? Yeah, stop hurting the ordinary consumers!