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#1 Eon Lilu

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Posted 20 April 2013 - 09:46 PM

"We recently had a big press event in Beijing where our own Colin Johanson and Isaiah Cartwright announced the date for the first Guild Wars 2 Closed Beta Test In China, happening May 2nd through May 9th. Everybody attending had a great time, and Izzy was wearing a suit!"



https://www.facebook...34604570&type=1

Anyone know this was coming? I must of missed prior info on it.

Normally with a lot of games, online chinese severs are cut off from the rest of the other countries in the world as they do not allow chinese citizens to play online with the outside world, so they usually have there own server networks that other countries do not have access to. This is not for all games but for most I have heard of anyway.

Now im wondering if this effected why we can't play euro's with usa servers all along, and it's not a hardware issue like has been said before with their backend infrastructure.

I am also wondering if this is why they would not have an asian themed section in the game for a continent or for the section they removed in divinity's reach? Since some of the reasons for blocking an online game in china can be like "Damaging the nation's glory" "Threatening national unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity" "Disturbing social order" "Violating basic principles of the Constitution", for example they banned a command and conquer game because it smeared the image of china and the chinese army.

Either way doesn't look like it would effect much since EU can not play (WvW,spvp, dungeons etc) with USA servers and vice versa's anyway. The only thing that may be effected is will chinese servers / players be allowed to transfer to EU / USA servers or vice versa? Or will the chinese severs be cut off from transfers completely?

How will this effect the global server economy and trading outpost? Will the chinese have their own economy seperate to everyone else?

How do you think this will effect GW2?

Anyone interested in the restricted internet and online gaming in china here is more info. https://en.wikipedia...public_of_China / http://en.wikipedia....gaming_in_China

In some cases china has completely banned online games or games from being played online, or they have had there own completely remade clients / games for china specifically.

I can understand why Anet would love to have a market there.

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China is now the world's largest online gaming market, contributing one-third to the global revenue in this sector in 2009, or 56 percent of the Asia Pacific total.

Edited by Eon Lilu, 20 April 2013 - 10:06 PM.


#2 Azure Skye

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Posted 20 April 2013 - 09:56 PM

http://www.reddit.co...inese_gw2_beta/

http://17173.tv.sohu...57/MTU3MjQwNg==


Some pictures and a video in chinese from reddit. :)

#3 Featherman

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Posted 22 April 2013 - 01:40 AM

I actually like some of the censored female preview outfits. They're not great, but they're definitely more tasteful than the ones in our client.

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Posted 22 April 2013 - 04:11 AM

China has some weird strict laws about showing skulls/skeletons.  If you look through that armor, you'll see a lot of "bone" details have been removed.

Edited by Xuphor, 22 April 2013 - 05:12 AM.
No need to state your view on OP's view of a race.


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Posted 22 April 2013 - 04:26 AM

I did have a lol, one of the first things I noticed was that the Necromancer icon in the character creation screen had been changed.

I would be a little disappointed if this is the reason they removed the Canthan section of DR/aren't currently producing a Cantha expansion. But considering how quickly GW1 tanked in Asian markets I don't really expect GW2 to fare much better. Western audiences don't tend to like Eastern games and vice versa. The difference in culture does lead to people wanting and expecting different things out of the game.
I will however be really curious to see how GW2 does in China, and if it does do well it certainly wouldn't be an entirely negative thing. If Anet is earning more money then they will be able to produce more content ^_^

Edited by Xuphor, 22 April 2013 - 05:13 AM.
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#6 Azure Skye

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Posted 22 April 2013 - 04:29 AM

View PostHawkofStorms, on 22 April 2013 - 04:11 AM, said:

China has some weird strict laws about showing skulls/skeletons.  If you look through that armor, you'll see a lot of "bone" details have been removed.
I think you are talking about the changes of WoTLK in Chinese's WoW.

http://news.mmosite....version,1.shtml

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Edited by Xuphor, 22 April 2013 - 05:14 AM.
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#7 NuclearDonut

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Posted 22 April 2013 - 05:08 AM

I want that fur coat that all the casters have. Give me it ANet.

#8 Coren

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Posted 22 April 2013 - 05:19 AM

Cantha anyone?

#9 Azure Skye

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Posted 22 April 2013 - 05:32 AM

View PostNuclearDonut, on 22 April 2013 - 05:08 AM, said:

I want that fur coat that all the casters have. Give me it ANet.
Those are just placeholders, o.O

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#10 Inraged Twitch

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Posted 22 April 2013 - 05:41 AM

View PostCoren, on 22 April 2013 - 05:19 AM, said:

Cantha anyone?
Never gonna happen.  I wonder though if this was the reason why we have not seen any serious updates to PVP/PVE.

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Posted 22 April 2013 - 06:59 AM

View PostInraged Twitch, on 22 April 2013 - 05:41 AM, said:

Never gonna happen.  I wonder though if this was the reason why we have not seen any serious updates to PVP/PVE.

Never say never ;)

#12 FoxBat

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Posted 22 April 2013 - 09:27 AM

I'd like to think that, for the Asia release, they would at least put an new, "acceptable" version of the Cantha district in place of the great collapse, but I'm not holding my breath.

Edited by FoxBat, 22 April 2013 - 09:27 AM.


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Posted 22 April 2013 - 11:25 AM

View PostInraged Twitch, on 22 April 2013 - 05:41 AM, said:


Never gonna happen.  I wonder though if this was the reason why we have not seen any serious updates to PVP/PVE.

If you head over.to the priory forum about Cantha and why it won't have the culture it used to have, because NCsoft's backwards.way of thinking, then it would save me.from going into.detail here:)

Bottom line: to let politics and racial bigotry interfere in games is a major.step.backwards for our medium, especially since releasing so called modern shooting games, where you get to kill waves of generic Arabs in Middleeaststan, is no trouble at all (the concepts of.those games are still the worse.things on the market, just before Halo in my opinion).

#14 Lunacy Polish

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Posted 22 April 2013 - 12:24 PM

Doesn't China have some highly restrictive laws about digital good sales too?  I would imagine for the game to be acceptable there no Chinese national ill be in any way able to communicate with any other region via the client so the only consequence would be if they still partake in the same economy.

It couldn't hurt much other than to drive supply up.  I am curious what it would do to gems.  I am not even sure who effects gem prices the most now (I cannot imagine most EU players buying any at what ANet charges them so I speculate most come from the US since they are cheaper to us).

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Posted 22 April 2013 - 01:47 PM

Supposedly China has a law that the issuer of virtual currency (i.e. game company) may not offer physical items in exchange for that currency. This doesn't seem to impede 3rd parties trading currency for cash, and even the Diablo3 RMAH is working there as far as I know.

To date most gold purchasers are still first world countries due to the economic/currency disparities compared to China, so most professional farmers are already on the existing GW2 servers, whether via website purchase on proxies or stolen accounts. If anything Korea/Japan and the affluent Chinese customers should siphon off some of the existing NA/Europe activity.

Edited by FoxBat, 22 April 2013 - 01:47 PM.


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Posted 22 April 2013 - 03:07 PM

View PostHawkofStorms, on 22 April 2013 - 04:11 AM, said:

China has some weird strict laws about showing skulls/skeletons.  If you look through that armor, you'll see a lot of "bone" details have been removed.

Makes you wonder what Necro pets are going to look like.




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