Sony Online Entertainment
has finally responded to the ProSiebenSat.1
brouhaha. Director of Global Community Relations Linda "Brasse
" Carlson gave frustrated fans a faint glimmer of hope with a forum post
last night that basically said the controversial deal isn't quite a done deal.
In a nutshell, SOE plans to divide its long-time gaming community by region, with European player accounts handed off to ProSiebenSat.1 and Alaplaya
. The announcement sent shockwaves through the EverQuest II
community, as many guilds and sub-communities feature players from both sides of the Atlantic.
The forced transfer of player accounts and personal information from SOE to Alaplaya also raised eyebrows, as some in the player community voiced concerns over security and convenience since Alaplaya reserves the right to delete inactive accounts after 90 days and has been accused of publishing real names on past-due accounts (the company has denied the latter
SOE's forums have been on fire over the past two days, with dozens of bans
handed down by moderators (including one to noted community leader Morgan Feldon of EQ2Wire). Feldon's fansite is the place to go
for info about the ongoing drama; it provides a wealth of opinion on why the proposed deal sucks for players
as well as a collection of community reactions
. Aside from Brasse's post, SOE has been silent about the deal, which comes on the heels of the firm's generating quite a bit of fan goodwill by reversing its decision
to shelve the Mac version of EverQuest