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Titanfall “will not release” in South Africa “at this time” says EA [Update]

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[Update]

It’s not much of a consolation, but it’s something: Speaking with El33tonline on Twitter, and responding to a request for information about the launch of Titanfall in South Africa, Respawn Entertainment’s Vince Zampella said:

Again, not much of a consolation, but at least it’s something.

[End of Update]

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In a statement sent to El33tonline this morning, we can confirm that Titanfall will not release in South Africa in line with the launch of the game around the world next week.

Here’s the statement in full:

“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 there at this time. We understand this is a disappointment for local fans and will keep them posted on any future plans regarding the release of Titanfall in South Africa.”

Indeed, the game has even been pulled from the Origin digital storefront, meaning PC players in the country won’t even be able to purchase and download the game next week.


Obviously this comes as a major shock for anyone in the country looking forward to playing what has become the most anticipated and most talked about game in the industry – what do you make of the news? Why would EA choose not to release the game, even digitally, in South Africa?

The only reason we can think of is that EA and Microsoft wouldn’t be able to provide proper server support South African players, which would ultimately result in an unplayable game because of Titanfall’s focus on online multiplayer – do you think this is the case?


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