Want to play Diablo III in English, but you're not from USA?
Users are experiencing errors 81, 82, and 84 when trying to log in, which forces them to play in their native language. Blizzard's response is that all is working as intended, despite previous claims that you'd be able to play the game in whatever language you chose.
Yesterday, Diablo III players from across the world encountered errors 81, 82, and 84 when trying to play the game. As it turns out, these errors occur when you're trying to play in a language foreign to your native region.
What this means is, for example, if you were on vacation on Mexico and realized that the game is about $3 cheaper there and bought it, you'd be forced to play in Spanish, despite paying full price for the game. This issue seems to be affecting Latin America, Eastern Europe, Russia and buyers who bought the game in a foreign country.
So far, Blizzard's response has been unhelpful. They claim this is working as intended; they are selling copies of the game with language limitations, with no warning whatsoever in any part of the box that I've found. The most "helpful" answer they've given so far is to buy another copy of the game from their site and once they verified you own both keys of the product, they can "gift" your old key to a friend.
This would make you lose all progress you'd made on your old copy. Currently, there's a website dedicated to all who have been affected by this issue, so if you've been affected, feel free to leave your details and a comment. If you're about to buy the game, I'd recommend doing so from the Blizzard store, as this copies do not seem to have any language limitations at all and they cost the exact same price you'd pay if you'd buy it in a retail store. In the meantime, let's hope Blizzard comes to its senses and we can all play our games the way we want.
Here's a few links to the official forums of people experiencing the problem. I urge you to contribute if you are having this issue too, as that's the only way Blizzard will listen to us:
Seems like it only applies to physical copies, which is stupid becasue it costs exactly the same as the digital version.
"Want to play Diablo III in English, but you're not from USA?" I can, because I'm english. Why not title it as "Want to play Diablo III in English, but your country's native language isn't english?" It seems like you think the USA is the only english speaking country.
Actually this begs the question, since I live in Quebec... does that mean it'll play in French only? But since I'm in Canada it has to be French and English, but because of Law 101, if it's in French, it has to be French.
Americans... what is there to say? :P
I have the game in english, I'm from Mexico and I can play it just fine. So... what does that mean? Is this crap selective or something? Or does it only apply for physical copies?
But it's not in my language and habla no espanol.
edit. I wonder how Switzerland's edition is, Swiss has 5 official languages.
Very good point. I had to double-take for a minute. I thought "wait, Diablo 3 isn't out in New Zealand yet? Oh wait, but it is.... what?" So yeah, definitely needs a title fix. In fact, it seems a lot more limited than the title makes it sound.
Still, this is crap behaviour on behalf of Blizzard. When you're a money-making whore, though, I guess you can't help yourself. Activision is really starting to rub off on them.
Yeah, you might want to be abit clearer with that title, i was thinking 'WTF, i cant play the game in english here in Australia?!'. USA isnt even the main english speaking country.
"Want to play Diablo III in English, but you're not from USA?"
Are you serious about the topic? The first country I think about when I hear the word English is England. Hopefully there was some kind of joke in this sentence that I didn't get :D
I remember when Blizzard used to make good games. All 3 of them.
god dammit Blizz!
That's kind of a low blow for Blizzard to do this. Especially for someone who moved to a new country and wants to play this game in English.
Thanks a lot for putting this in the front page. At this point, the only thing we can do is raise awarness so others don't make the same mistake I did.
Tell me Sean.I live in Brazil and first day the physycal copy arrive i pick from pre sale and i was able to play in english first, me and my 2 brthor did that,next day i had error 81 and find out that i need to play on portuguese, and freaking hate our du i always watch a movie sub.They could tell early that physycal copy would not support english and digital copy can.I mean we are not in a globallize so why be so limited.I did a tickte saying that and they said is because portuguese was popular on there games.The problem is the only copys of the other Blizzard games are only portuguese and that dosent mean much in my opnion.
Well, at the very least it doesn't affect me. I live in the Southeast Asian part of the world and it's usually English by default
That seems really unfair of Blizzard.