In March 2010 I noted that I would be starting my journey in Prius Online, playing on the TW server with a guild known as Fairy Tail (CLICK HERE). Sadly, I got over trying to manually translate key words from Chinese –> English, so eventually I gave up on that, however it was then announced that GPotato would be releasing an English version early in 2011.
Yippppeeee! I thought, immediately signing up for the facebook group, and getting an exclusive first 10,000 members key (Okay…. maybe not so exclusive), and getting into the spirit of getting to enjoy the game in English, possibly with some of the people from Fairy Tail if I could get back into contact with them.
Alas, this doesn’t seem possible as there has been a lot of word about IP Bans and a current list of supported countries is as follows:
I’m happy to announce that we were able to significantly expand our territory coverage! Prius Online will now be open to players from North America, Central America, Europe, Africa and some Asian countries.
Do not panic if your country is not covered by gPotato, it only means that the game has already been released or it will soon be released by a local publisher.
Territory that will be covered by us:
North America (all countries)
Central America (all countries)
Europe (all countries)
Africa (all countries)
-United Arab Emirates
Now before going on, I would like to humbly apologize to a company if they are releasing an english version of the game catering towards Australian Users…… okay now to continue. As you can see, Australia is not on GPotato’s “supported” list and seemingly will be IP Locked out of the game.
They claim that this is most probably due to us having another publisher that has got the rights to this game….. yea, there is a SEA version of the game….. IN CHINESE! Sadly, most of us Australians have English as our first language and due to the decline in LOTE teachings, many will not do a second language for more then a couple of years at school (I was the last in the last Japanese cohort before they booted Japanese out of my school as a subject….), therefore it makes the Chinese server completely useless to us and making us unable to contact our friends overseas.
Now, I am not sure if GPotato is guilty for enforcing this IP Ban, that is not a topic I wish to go into, and I have my doubts that any company would willingly close their game to certain countries unless there is a sufficient need to due to many competing versions of the same game (Aka. Dragonica). However in the end, an IP Ban isn’t really going to make much difference in user numbers, infact, it is more likely you will have more users in total….. especially in those from your other games (Eg. FlyFF) who will move over with their friends from that game….. If someone doesn’t want to go onto their countries server, it is not like they will still use it, instead they will just not play the game altogether….
and as a gamer…. all I can say is…. that would be sad.
Anyway, I don’t go blaming GPotato or anyone or company involved since I do not know the whole story, however I would like to personally ask for considerations for countries such as mine which don’t have any distributor, since we all know how our local version of Ragnarok Online went……..
If anyone is aware of a local distributor of this game, please comment here and I will rectify my post. However, I still intend on doing everything in my power to play this rather interesting looking game!
Link of Interest: http://prius-forum.gpotato.com/