(Closed) XCOM - region lock?

57 Comments - Created by PsyKo 2 years ago

I know there is North America, Eastern Europe and Rest of World versions. Is there some way to know if there are some region activation/playing locks? And if there's no lock now, can Valve add some later to already pre-purchased game?

csaba951 (2 years ago*)

Major correction in text! Thanks for byone!

XCOM: Enemy Unknown Pre-Purchase NA
PurchaseRestrictedCountries = US CA MX PR
AllowPurchaseFromRestrictedCountries = 1

You can buy the game from above countries Steam Store.

If you get the games as Steam Gift you can activate and play the game from any country of the world.

If you buy a retail version you must be activate from above countries.


XCOM: Enemy Unknown Pre-Purchase Russia
PurchaseRestrictedCountries = AM AZ BY GE KZ KG MD RU TJ TM UZ UA
onlyallowrunincountries = AM AZ BY GE KZ KG MD RU TJ TM UZ UA
AllowPurchaseFromRestrictedCountries = 1

Retail version.

If you buy a retail version you must be activate and play the game only from above countries.


XCOM Enemy Unknown (RU) PrePurchase
PurchaseRestrictedCountries = AM AZ BY GE KZ KG MD RU TJ TM UZ UA
AllowPurchaseFromRestrictedCountries = 1

Steam Store version

You can buy the game from above countries Steam Store.

If you get the games as Steam Gift you can activate and play the game from any country of the world.


XCOM: Enemy Unknown Pre-Purchase ROW
PurchaseRestrictedCountries = US CA MX PR AM AZ BY GE KZ KG MD RU TJ TM UZ UA
AllowPurchaseFromRestrictedCountries = 0

You can't buy the game from above countries Steam Store.

If you get the games as Steam Gift you can activate and play the game from any country of the world.

If you buy a retail version you must be activate from any country of the world.


If you activate a game on Steam, rules apply which day activate. If the activation / game running rules changes, the Steam apply the new rules from change of day. The all customers who activate before the changes, rules not change. This is the normal process.

Oh..did Steam stop allowing restricted games from Russia to be played in Baltic States? :/

madnessnewb

(2 years ago)

So, Eastern Europe is only for Eastern Europe, right? That means no pre-purchase for me and waiting for GOTY edition for $10. Less money for them, I guess.

PsyKo

(2 years ago*)

nice list! thanks for that. I received a RU version and there is no problem with the activation. you also receive the Civ5 copy.

Cirdan121

(1 year ago)

"If you activate a game on Steam, rules apply which day activate. If the activation / game running rules changes, the Steam apply the new rules from change of day. The all customers who activate before the changes, rules not change. This is the normal process."

Not true, they locked XCOM yesterday and my copy that I had played a couple of days got region-locked and would not start anymore. Fortunately, public outcry made them back down and the pre-order game got unlocked back.

Zomby2D

(1 year ago)

BlueLegion (2 years ago)

did someone say legion rocks?

xD

Cirdan121

(1 year ago)

nope just legion's socks

Corinarh

(1 year ago*)

byone (2 years ago*)

WRONG!!!

http://cdr.thebronasium.com/sub/16376

XCOM: Enemy Unknown Pre-Purchase Russia

->Billing Type ProofOfPrepurchaseOnly<-

PurchaseRestrictedCountries = AM AZ BY GE KZ KG MD RU TJ TM UZ UA

onlyallowrunincountries = AM AZ BY GE KZ KG MD RU TJ TM UZ UA

AllowPurchaseFromRestrictedCountries = 1


!!! RIGHT

http://cdr.thebronasium.com/sub/16558

XCOM Enemy Unknown (RU) PrePurchase

->Billing Type BillOnceOnly<-

PurchaseRestrictedCountries = AM AZ BY GE KZ KG MD RU TJ TM UZ UA

AllowPurchaseFromRestrictedCountries = 1

& NO ANY RESTRICTIONS!!!


billing type not the same!

its mean

1st you pay for DVD box copy (retail)

2nd you pay for online purchase (steam)

!!!SO RU VERSION NOW LIKE ROW & NA!!!

So, if I'd get it now, there would be no problems? Or Valve can change those things later, making it impossible to run?

PsyKo

(2 years ago)

Valve don't change subscriptions for games that were already purchased.

Toff

(2 years ago)

Well, there was something with Max Payne 3 RU version, not exactly sure how it ended...

PsyKo

(2 years ago)

Nothing happened to early RoW prepurchases, they remained to be RoW without lock, if this is what you mean.

Toff

(1 year ago)

They did with Borderlands 2

madnessnewb

(1 year ago)

Yeah, I know the story, but it's not over yet, people are still sending complaints. I meant switching subscriptions from ROW to RU and the like, they don't do that. I didn't think they could edit existing subscriptions though. I don't like where this is going at all.

Toff

(1 year ago)

Yes, they did for XCOM. My copy got region-locked yesterday after they changed it, and I had been able to play for a couple of days before that. Fortunately, public outcry made them back down and the game was unlocked again today.

Zomby2D

(1 year ago)

Thank you for correction!

csaba951

(2 years ago)

xruiner89 (2 years ago)

It said all that for The Witcher 2 (RU) and i live in the UK and it worked fine for me even though UK was not listed in countries allowed to run it, because the guy above is right, it only refers to the retail RU copies.

I bought a Witcher 2 key from a site and I live in the UK and play it just fine :P

Jonex

(1 year ago)

all withcer 2 Ru copys solds after 27 Feb 2012 are restricted so dont check you luck & if you not sure

byone

(1 year ago)

Really? Because 2 months ago I bought my Witcher 2 RU key from a site and it's activated and plays just fine. It even told me it was the RU version when I entered the key in Steam.

Jonex

(1 year ago*)

lazytev (2 years ago*)

And again Poland (and probably few more Middle Europe countries) got screwed by Cenega...

Why? We can buy it on Steam without problems - beside having price twice as big as in retail shops...

PsyKo

(2 years ago)

I can't buy it (can't even go to game page in store) because dumb cenega thinks blocking it on steam will raise their income. They did it already to some games (Skyrim for example).

lazytev

(2 years ago)

I'm from Poland and I can get to store page and I can add it to cart.

PsyKo

(2 years ago)

Skyrim (+Dawnguard) not available from Steam Store in Poland! I never forget the Fallout: New Vegas affair for Bethesda, too!

csaba951

(2 years ago)

That one I know. But I have no problems with getting XCOM through Steam, which is why I'm wondering why are we getting screwed this time.

PsyKo

(2 years ago)

I swear - yesterday it just went to main page in store when I wanted to check XCOM. No idea what happened but it's working now...

lazytev

(2 years ago)

Anglleos (1 year ago)

Any updates on this issue?

I have an RU ver. attached to my US account and not only does it not state that i own the game like my other pre purchases, but I have yet to receive my TF2 items like others apparently have.

I have RU, and I already have TF2 items. But, while gift had RU somewhere in text, when I was activating it there wasn't info about RU version...

PsyKo

(1 year ago)

Have you tried launching tf2?
Often times this will trigger the items to show up in your inventory (My items were not in my inventory until I launched tf2).

TheShobo (Support)

(1 year ago)

CraftlordDark (1 year ago)

Im from Venezuela in South America and right now i cant buy the game because of the region block. If someone gift me the game, can i activate and play the single player and multiplayer without problems? D: Because i tried that with Borderlands 2 but the online mode is blocked :(

Que versiĆ³n de Borderlands 2 tienes?

moyako1802

(1 year ago)

Sausageson (1 year ago)

I bought the game from a russian seller, it was tradeable but had the RU tags on it, it activated just fine and even had the tf2 hats. However should I be worried that valve can stop me from playing it? Also will mp work?

Given teh way the CDR looks you might be screwed

satoru

(1 year ago)

manbar (1 year ago*)

So, if I buy a scanned key from a russian seller 1) will I be able to activate it from Europe without VPN? 2) Will I be able to play it from Europe without VPN? 3) Will the game support the same languages as if I buy it from Europe?

Thanks

1) No.
2) No.
3) Yes.

csaba951

(1 year ago*)

neube (1 year ago*)

Csaba wrote:

"XCOM Enemy Unknown (RU) PrePurchase PurchaseRestrictedCountries = AM AZ BY GE KZ KG MD RU TJ TM UZ UA AllowPurchaseFromRestrictedCountries = 1

Steam Store version

You can buy the game from above countries Steam Store.

If you get the games as Steam Gift you can activate and play the game from any country of the world."

Well, it's past the premiere and I can't buy another version... and my RU gift copy (I'm not in Russia) does not work. Neither does CIV V. I got TF2 items the moment I got the gift, though.

"This game was activated with a product code that is valid only in a specific geographic region. Since you are not currently in that region, XCOM: Enemy Unknown is not available to play." and a link to customer support (to be summed up as "try to get a refund [like you're going to get one], ye twerp".

"If you get the games as Steam Gift you can activate and play the game from any country of the world." - this sentence actually tipped the balance and made me buy it cheaper. Guess that's what we get in our poor central-east Europe for trying to cut spendings (50 Euros here is more than 40 days' worth of big take-out dinners at vietnamese bars).

RU Preorder SteamID is 16558, while current SteamID for Russian XCOM is 17223 - that could be a reason. If you bought your gift lately, then it could be with new SteamID.

PsyKo

(1 year ago)

ArchLich (1 year ago*)

A new update was put through and it appears that XCOM Enemy Unknown is now region locked.

Why can't developers do this before releasing a game?

I am in the unlucky position of owning a copy which I have played for 11 hrs but can no longer access. Didn't have the money for it and Dishonored, bought one and traded for the other (with tf2 items). Now I get screwed over because there was no region locking at the time of trading. Hurray.

Well, at least you could afford one at full price. I had only 25 euros and didn't get squat. And I can't get the preorder stuff anymore (until it gets out as a DLC - and I will have to contact the Steam Support to delete the games from my library).

neube

(1 year ago)

I guess I'll have to get the version from the bay if they act like that.

explorerbc

(1 year ago)

My RU XCOM works, but I bought it when it was 16558, while current SteamID for Russian XCOM is 17223. And, after reading your post, I blocked automatic updates, just in case.

PsyKo

(1 year ago)

Looks like they reversed their lockdown. I'm not sure if it was an error or they just changed their decision but I am happy that I can play again.

ArchLich

(1 year ago)

From what I know, after "a bit" of outrage that they AGAIN screwed their clients they changed their decision (not as bad as with Borderlands 2, but still).

PsyKo

(1 year ago)

byone (1 year ago*)

greedy bustards from 2K pusblisher want again new wave refunds like for borderland 2 & they got it!!! just write every day to support & ask explanations!!! whats goin on? how they can change something after buying? our backpack its our private terrotory! steam never before dont do any changes in SUB ID after selling (if do it - thats always be new sub id) this 1st time in history today they add new line to SUB ID about RUN! I'm sure this is not legally & it is very meanly

they trying fcuk us hard

I don't know if this is the first time the have retroactively flipped the switch after the release (as the the saying goes) or not.

ArchLich

(1 year ago*)

Not sure if they actually made any changes. My XCOM works, but I bought it when it was 16558, while current SteamID for Russian XCOM is 17223. Also, I blocked updates after reading ArchLich post.

PsyKo

(1 year ago)

neube (1 year ago)

It seems to be working now - I am in the game as I type.

Public outrage seems to be working :)!

Cheers, everyone!

DocJojo (1 year ago)

Hi,

Someone want to trade me this XCOM Enemy Unknown (RU) PrePurchase

I'm in Europe.

Will it be locked or no (because it's a prepurchase ?)

Please need information

prepurchase is not region locked :) got a ru prepurchase too and it works fine for me in germany :) so enjoy your trade (lasttime played : wednesday idk if theres a new regionlock but i don't think so)

Proton

(1 year ago*)

thanks for the fast answer :)

DocJojo

(1 year ago)

no problem sir :)

Proton

(1 year ago)

Just make sure it is prepurchase, not just his words it is.

PsyKo

(1 year ago)

Yeah it's write " XCOM Enemy Unknown (RU) PrePurchase"

Thanks

DocJojo

(1 year ago)

Lokuas (1 year ago)

So only the pre-purchase isn't region-locked? And what happens if you use a key in the wrong region? Will the key just not work, or will it be added to your account but not start?

90% chance of reading "this key can't be used in your region" with 10% of activating key and then reading "you're in wrong region, game cannot start". If first case, you can sell or give this key to someone from region. In second, key is gone and you can only write to steam, hoping they will be in good mood and will change region of activated game, but knowing them you'll be lucky if they will offer deleting said game from your library, so you'd be able to buy correct, 2-3 times more expensive region correct version.

PsyKo

(1 year ago)

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