Titanfall not coming to South Africa due to poor network performance

Electronic Arts and Respawn confirm game won't be available in region at release next week due to less-than-acceptable online performance; fans launch petition to reverse the decision.

Titanfall will not launch in South Africa next week due to poor network performance in the region, Electronic Arts and developer Respawn Entertainment have confirmed.

"After conducting recent online tests for Titanfall, we found that the performance rates in South Africa were not as high as we need to guarantee a great experience, so we have decided not to release Titanfall in South Africa at this time," EA said on its Facebook page.

"We understand this is a disappointment for local fans and will keep fans posted on any future plans regarding the release of Titanfall in South Africa," the statement goes on.

Respawn cofounder Vince Zampella echoed this statement, saying on Twitter, "Performance wasn't as good in the area as we would like; don't want to sell you something that isn't great."

The Titanfall beta was available in South Africa on PC, and one gamer says though performance was not "ideal," it was acceptable to him. Fans have even launched a Change.org petition calling on EA and Respawn to release Titanfall in South Africa. It has 345 supporters at press time.

Just because Titanfall won't be available in South Africa at launch next week, that does not mean it won't eventually be there. Zampella said, "we will look further into it after launch."

Titanfall officially launches March 11 for Xbox One and PC. An Xbox 360 version--developed externally at Bluepoint Games--will arrive on March 25. Respawn confirmed this week that the game's DLC season pass will include three expansion packs and sell for $25.

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261 comments
MattPeters
MattPeters

You guys will get it eventually, no worries. Hopefully after a while you'll get your own servers with any luck. I think that's part of the problem too. I hate having a team with really laggy players. It puts the team at an unfair disadvantage. The day when internet is lightening fast for everybody could be cool.


One question to the SA people on here. Is everyone like Die Antwoord?! :D

hadlee73
hadlee73

Do SA gamers already play Battlefield and COD online (serious question, as I have no idea)? If so, what's different about Titanfall that prevents it from performing well on the networks?

moonlightwolf01
moonlightwolf01

Maybe if EA hadn't decided to restrict which companies were allowed to host servers then there wouldn't be such an issue. Still in some ways better than to just sell them an unplayable game. My goodness that means EA actually made an ethically sound decision. Oh well they only had to make it because of their unethical restriction of server hosting so it all balances out, no need for me to stop boycotting them.

Vexov
Vexov

They need to buy food, not internet. GG Africa, GAWD.

thorn3000
thorn3000

good decision...why? people get their pre-orders fully refunded....much better than them paying for the game and then complaining all around forums about how the game does not work, how it disconnects, how it is respawns/eas fault, etc. and then going through the trouble to contact support to get refund, etc....I think it's a win win for both sides, respawn will have less complaints as to the game working properly, fans will have their full money back...and if people are complaining they cannot get it, well, perhaps it's time to start voting for politicians which bring development instead of false promises

franken_stein
franken_stein

Maybe the cities of SA have decent speeds but as a whole I could see where connections could be questionable.

Rakou
Rakou

I live in South Africa, and I have to admit, the local online forums here are RAGING! (lol)


I personally dont care for Titanfall.

maximo
maximo

Its also probably due to the fact that SA is way too far from the Azures Servers.  


I am in SE Asia. I did not play the beta but had heard that the ping for the region was around 80ms. I think that is due to the fact that the Azure Servers are in Singapore and Hong Kong. Anyway I had heard that it was a great experience.

Brotto
Brotto

I was getting around 280ms during the beta to the EU West server. The game is fast paced so the lag was quite noticeable. Maybe the netcode also sucks?

Killzone SF multiplayer works flawlessly in South Africa even though we don't have local servers. I guess some games can hide the lag better than others.

MonstaTruk
MonstaTruk

The whole game is based off of the use of bots/AI. A local multiplayer/LAN option was just TOTALLY unreasonable for an online-only game? Can't give in to the gamers just a little bit, huh EA? Hey, that's great...*smGDh*

Spyre1984
Spyre1984

Ah well. I'll take the refund from my preorder and buy a tasty pizza instead. Thanks EA!

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

i highly doubt we'll be seeing it in Russia to lately. If things keep going the way they are.


This...IS...WHY...YOU HAVE SINGLE PLAYER TO!!!


Add hardcore enough bots that shoot first adn ask questions later and have a reasonably good grasp on map navigation, over lan. Done, problem solved.

nurnberg
nurnberg

South Africa is quickly turning into a third-world dump since the ANC took power.

northArrow
northArrow

So much for the power of the cloud.

nandosmc
nandosmc

The closest Azure server to South Africa is in West Europe which is pinging at around 200ms. There's no doubt that it would play horribly being a fps.

mlp071
mlp071

What Kinect doesn't understand Afrikaans?

monson21502
monson21502

its not coming to psn either because  of poor network performance too 

s_h_a_d_o
s_h_a_d_o

FYI for those contemplating the purchase of a game that might perform poorly due to local infrastructure (and/or inadequate support from Microsoft in that regard), you can check average latency to Azure servers here...

http://azurespeedtest.azurewebsites.net/

Bazongaman502
Bazongaman502

Speaking of South Africa... Back in 2008 (? estimated), my buddy and I were playing Halo 3. In the multiplayer lobby, you can see a world map of who is on playing the game. There was 1 dot in South Africa. We sat there talking for a bit till we saw the dot... then it vanished. My friend immediately says "well, the Tigers got him"... Is it bad that I laughed? 

readmatt007
readmatt007

I'm guessing you have no friends. Stop thinking of Africa as a country it's a continent. South Africa is one of if not the wealthiest country in Africa. So get your head out of your ass and do a bit of research before you make stupid statements like that. GG bitch!

Modisana
Modisana

@kitmeep  @kitmeep  I am from Johannesburg, South Africa. I am also on Gamespot. Oh look, I keep up to date with technology. Hey, my English isn't so bad. South Africa is for the most part prosperous. I am a creative and currently work in the digital department in an advertising agency. We just won Renault South Africa in a pitch. If you've watched Elysium, the villain and his minions are played by South African actors. The whole accent and style of talking is inspired by how white South Africans dudes talk to each other. Charlize Theron is from South Africa. A few weeks ago they were filming a few scenes for the upcoming Avengers movie here in Johannesburg.


I am simply trying to make a point that we are not as underprivileged as the rest of the world seems to think. Yes it sucks that Titanfall won't be launching here soon but I believe it's probably poor netcode than it is our infrastructure. I play online with people all over Europe with zero lag.


Please do not just look at what you see in the news and take it as it is buddy.

mikz_nyc
mikz_nyc

@kitmeep  You need to get out more often,and do some reading instead watching tv all day..lol. j/k,South Africa is not poor,for the most part is prosperous,just google it

pyro1245
pyro1245

@MonstaTruk  i used to love the single player in bf1942. it was essentially a mp game with bots.

PJDSouza
PJDSouza

The development had nothing to do with EA. It's Respawn game. EA just have a oublishing deal.

starjay009
starjay009

@nyran125tk  I believe Russia are planning to land Titans into Ukraine to occupy Crimea. So I don't think they need TitanFail hahahaha ! J/K

PJDSouza
PJDSouza

Well the previous government was shit too.

bloodraven951
bloodraven951

@nandosmc  Wow. I'm in Central US and my ping to the western Europe server is better than that! 

starjay009
starjay009

@kitmeep  You my friend deserve the award for the 'most dumbest" poster on Gamespot. Well done !

PJDSouza
PJDSouza

No. But it was probably lions. No tigers in Africa.

readmatt007
readmatt007

My fellow South African you are awesome! People are just ignorant and don't realize that we are in fact pretty damn civilized. Thank you for calling him out like that!

BradBurns
BradBurns

@Modisana @kitmeep  South Africa isn't all poverty and misery, of course. I just read that Brazil's economy recently surpassed the UK in size, which is what most companies really care about, where the most money is at.

I won't pretend to know much about South Africa but I think it's pretty safe to assume that, like Brazil, the white ruling class holds all(or most) of the wealth. 

The living standards of the average white Brazilian are much higher than that of the average European or American but it doesn't mean the non-white majority lives that way. I'm sure South Africa is very similar in that regard. 

hystavito
hystavito

@PJDSouza  Well the publisher certainly has some say :).  I'm not saying I agree with him, but it's not a totally unreasonable thing to blame EA.

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

@starjay009 @nyran125tk  Crimea is already occupied by Russia, it has a pact till 2042. Russia has a base there. Russia hasnt miraculously occupied the place, its already occupied . The reason why Russia has put more troops there is because they dont accept the new government iN Ukraine. Since some of them have Nazi SS symbols on their sleeves. And um..well. Russia arent huge fans of Nazis, you know? WW2 and all. They did lose 27 million people to WW2. They might have a few things against Nazi type regimes. Even if they are just a small group of Pro Nazi view points.


Also Ukraine is in Russias front yard. Anybody covertly overthrowing a government nextdoor to Russia should probably expect some heat.


Be like if a government overthrew the canadian government violently.

jerryatricrejec
jerryatricrejec

@PJDSouza  True they were / are both bad governments however the previous government didn't cause an inflation rate of R11 to the dollar...and since the ANC has taken power the crime has shot up by hundreds of thousands and we have substantial electricity problems. 


So while the previous government was bad, the ANC is even worse - we could go on but let's rather keep it on topic guys ;)

E-Major
E-Major

@PJDSouza  ROFLMFAO as a South African I have to say that unless he was playing in the Kruger then it was probably just load shedding (For those who don't know that's what our "vonderbar" 'government' calls it when they turn the electricity off.......on purpose....think a targeted black out). And If he WAS playing in the Kruger then he deserved it and the lion will probably be a much better player than he was. :)

E-Major
E-Major

@jerryatricrejec @BradBurns  Agreed, last time  i was buggered to check, (which i'll admit was a WHILE ago) even ZIMBABWE had better internet than us. The World Cup was supposed to improve matters and yet i still get 200ms playing LOL off the EU servers 

Modisana
Modisana

@jerryatricrejec @BradBurns  Around 2007, Neotel was a major threat to Telkom. They seem to have faded away but at the same time still in play. I honestly have no idea what's happening with them. They could have been the main competitor Telkom needs. That might not happen seeing as Telkom seems to be running a monopoly though. Now there is news of Vodacom purchasing Neotel.

jerryatricrejec
jerryatricrejec

@BradBurns Hahahahaha...no - I'm from South Africa and I can tell you now it isn't "the white ruling class holds all (or most) of the wealth" The wealth is held by a mixture of races, we’re probably a little off topic here as well.

The reason Titanfall isn’t getting launched here could be because of a number of reasons but it doesn’t help South Africa that we have incredibly poor management from our main telecoms provider.

We have the most expensive telecoms and internet prices in the world, not to mention slow data transfer speeds on average – and it has very little to do with where we are and more to do with the fact that Telkom has no real competition. Most Mobile companies still rent a variety of services from them and even the newer providers like Neotel are not competition for Telkom because they simply control too much in this country in terms of Internet / telecoms

South Africa has some of the slowest and most expensive data speeds and prices in the world – and that’s a fact. It also has a very slow average transfer rate - that is also a fact. EA stating we have “bad network performance” is not a lie but it isn't a reason to prevent the game coming here.


Instead of signing a petition to bring the game here maybe we should be signing (*another*) petition for telecoms and ISP's to drop their ridiculous prices?

jerryatricrejec
jerryatricrejec

@PJDSouza  I'm confused as to how a government has no control over inflation and crime rates. Also the "marginal" services you refer to are worse now - by far in fact. Just look at local municipalities who have unaccounted for millions every year. We have a president that has been accused and found guilty of fraud, he hasn't finished school and he's been up for rape charges, yet he remains our president...so forgive me for saying that this government is worse.


Nelson Mandela was a hero and this government disgraced his memory and the whole of South Africa when they chose someone to sign....who couldn't even do sign language...It sums up the thought behind every decision this government makes - no thought whatsoever.


Any person who has studied law in South Africa can give you near exact stats on the horrendous increase in crime rate since 1994. The government has massive control over these things, it's the reason they're called the "government"


Let's agree to disagree and just focus on talking about the topic because I don't have the time nor space on this forum to include all the reasons the ANC is an absolutely terrible government.

PJDSouza
PJDSouza

@jerryatricrejec @PJDSouza  So a corrupt government that has no control on inflation and crime rates  and can't provide electricity is better than an oppressive racist government that didn't let a majority of the population vote and provided marginal services to those they oppressed while treating others like first class citizen in comparison. Nice.

PJDSouza
PJDSouza

@E-Major @PJDSouza  Yeah we have load shedding here in India too. Corrupt governemnts would rather spend spend tax money on themselves than on helping the poeple. I lived in PE for two years. Managed to visit Seaview Lion Park among a few others in the EC