Posted on June 13, 2013, Ian Miles Cheong The Witcher 3 Dev Disappointed by Xbox One Geographical Limitations
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Microsoft only has intentions of supporting 21 countries upon the launch of the Xbox One. Every other nation in the world will be left out in the cold as the publisher has no intention of delivering support to residents of those nations on day one, regardless of whether they import their consoles from a nation with official support for the Xbox One.
Countries outside those geographic locations will have to wait for an unspecified amount of time before they will be able to use the device. Countries such as Japan, South Korea, Singapore, and even Poland—the nation where The Witcher 3 is being developed—will not have support for the Xbox One.
Players who import their consoles from the UK or the US will still be unable to play games on the platform, as it requires that they log on at least once every 24 hours to verify their connections with the server, which will, foreseeably, only accept connections from nations with official support.
Microsoft has repeatedly confirmed the limitation over its Xbox Support twitter account, as follows:
@crofna Unsupported countries would not have the full experience, and may not work. ^PC
— Xbox Support (@XboxSupport1) June 12, 2013
“I was just in a restaurant and saw the list,” said Marcin Iwinski, co-founder and joint CEO of CD Projekt Red. “I was surprised, and I really hope that it isn’t final. I think Polish gamers will speak out loud. From my perspective, it’s a sad situation.”