In what must come as devastating news to many South African gamers, EA has officially cancelled the release of Titanfall, only a few days short of the expected release. The official statement from EA South Africa reads as follows:
“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.
We understand this is a disappointment for local fans and will keep fans posted on any future plans regarding release of Titanfall in South Africa.”
The company hasn’t ruled out a future release, but for now excited gamers will have to angrily go about their business. The game has since been removed from the Origin South Africa online store, as well as other stores who offered pre-orders leading up to the 11th March 2014 release date. Kalahari.com has also removed the game from its online store, and started the process of refunding all orders.
The reasoning behind the cancellation is due to the lack of Microsoft Azure servers in the territory, which host Titanfall’s online and multiplayer experience. Service providers, such as MWEB, have expressed their disappointment as well, questioning the validity of EA’s tests, after it too monitored the performance of the game, noting that even at higher pings, the game still performed adequately. This will be a very angry week for gamers across the country.