Borderlands 2 region locked in Russia

Tuesday, 18th September 2012 10:35 GMT By Nick Akerman

If you’ve purchased Borderlands 2 and live in Russia, Ukraine, Lithuania or Estonia, you’ll be irritated to know you can only play online with people from these states.

Publishers 2K Games and 1C provided no indication this would be the case when pre-orders were made. Disgruntled players have taken to Reddit in order to vent their anger. Member K900_ posted a list of problems:

“These potential players are unable to pre-load Borderlands 2 and it is unclear if the game will support multiple languages, or if it will only be in Russian. Since many people in countries outside of Russia don’t speak Russian, this further complicates the issue. DLC may not work on the RU version of Borderlands 2, as those who pre-ordered the Season Pass are unable to activate it. Players paid full price for the game.”

2K responded to the annoyance on its official forum:

“2K Games and 1C are aware that digital distribution pages for the Russian, CIS and Baltic states versions of Borderlands 2 contained incorrect information regarding the language and cross territory compatibility support. We apologize that this information was incorrect during the pre-sale and pre-order period for these territories. We are working with our partners to update those pages, and offer any customers who pre-ordered or pre-purchased the game the opportunity to cancel their order and receive a refund.”

“Additionally, we are working with our product development teams to investigate potential support for additional languages and options for our customers in these territories. While this was and is not possible for launch, we will provide an update this week on our progress.”

Thanks, Joystiq.



  1. JimFear-666

    i dont get why they would do something like that. It has no sense that you cut some languages out of the game just because of the piracy. It sound weird to me.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Lord Gremlin

    And that is why I play on PS3 primarily. You’d be surprised by how many Russians do so. Not that you can notice it anyway, we speak english online like everybody else.
    What’s curious about this situation is that by retroactively changing preorders 2K and Valve violate Russian law. I wonder if anybody will bother filing a lawsuit.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Old MacDonald

    1: I doubt it’s because of piracy. Instead, it’s probably about price differences. They want to avoid having westerners buy the game cheaply from Russia.

    Must be extra annoying for the people in the Baltic states. If anything they should probably be grouped with Scandinavia, not Russia.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Lord Gremlin

    “We apologize that this information was incorrect during the pre-sale and pre-order period for these territories.”
    Heh, and that is the phrase that you take to the court. Because this is illegal. And simple refund does NOT cover it.

    I think we have a retarded manager here. Normally, if they want to set a lower price in Russia they make initial activation only available on Russian iP, after that game is no different. And if someone uses VPN it’s totally legal to ban those.
    Lots of dumb people in the industry, Ubisoft DRM is another example. Wasted money, lost sales.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Klarden

    Finally, almost 4 days after i tried to raise awareness on sites (including this one), sites start writing about this disgusting situation.

    There’s a fun thing – if you do cancel your pre-order, you can’t play with your frineds who don’t or those, who buy a retail copy of the game. So yeah, they fucked up big time

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Da Man

    Not that you can notice it anyway, we speak english online
    No you don’t..

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Fin


    No, it’s about piracy.
    If it was about money, everywhere would be region locked.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Klarden

    you have no idea of what you’re talking about
    @Da Man
    there are assholes in every country. A LOT of russian (and mainly Russian, btw, it’s not from other CIS countries) players, escpecially younger ones, don’t. And are annoying. And act like dicks. However, if it was more about: you can buy this version and get region locked, or you can buy this more expensive version (most assholes don’t buy, because they’re schoolkids or students who lack money anyway) and not get region locked, i would be fine with that. As it stands, everyone from CIS just got screwed over by buying the only version available for them.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. freedoms_stain

    @7, it makes no sense for it to be about piracy. How is only selling Russian language versions in Russia going to affect pirates? Pirates can pirate in whatever language takes their fancy.

    The issue is that games are much cheaper in Russia and in the past Westerners have purchased RU game keys in order to get a hold of new games cheaper, which hurts the publishers bottom line. Take Western European languages out of the RU version and lock online access to the RU region and it is a less attractive prospect if you can’t understand the language and you can’t play with your friends.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Fin


    Yes, because you obviously do. I bow to your superior knowledge.


    I don’t buy it purely being about economics. Australia’s prices are notoriously high but there’s nothing stopping them from buying games from other regions. Surely the number of people buying RU keys is very low indeed.
    I recall Valve having issues with Russia too – pretty sure it was piracy in their case.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. freedoms_stain

    @10, The RU price on Steam can be less than 30% of the cost of the EU version, AU verssions vary from ~75% of the EU price to 125%.

    Do you think it’s more of an issue that a potential few thousand Aussie gamers pay a little bit less on some games or that a potential few million pay 30% of their regions cost?

    If you can explain to me how locking the paid version of the RU game to the Russian language and to the Russian region online affects piracy I’d love to hear it, until then 30% day one discount on a AAA game sounds more likely to me.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. BULArmy

    This is absolute bullshit, first those play sessions will be worse then some random COD ones. Russians think Ukraine, Lithuania and Estonia belong to them and the other hate the russians because of the history and how russians think of them.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Da Man

    ^You’re confusing russians with soviets.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. YoungZer0

    Wow, this is such a no-go. What the hell are they thinking?

    #14 2 years ago
  15. DSB

    More importantly, how can 2K still have such an amazingly ugly and annoying splash screen?

    Do they really want to look like a 1998 Ukrainian shovelware publisher?

    I fail to see the outrage here guys. Games and movies have been region locked since forever, and it is very anti-globalization, but all they’re doing in this case is adding yet another region, for the same reason, which is balancing the market.

    If a game costs 30% less in rubles than it does in Australian dollars, then you need to balance it out. Our governments are doing this constantly to try and control import and export, it’s basic economy.

    #15 2 years ago

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