You can add "stalling at the retrieving maps message" to the list of crap that's occurring since the last patch. I can't spend money if I can't log in so I hope this costs someone their job for incompetence. You're supposed to test code before you push it out to production so the manager in charge of getting bugs fixed should be axed too for failure to maintain quality control. Any other company would have thrown the guys doing half arsed coding under the bus shortly after launch.
uk here also but what I find odd is if I use spotflux the game loads as it should , stop using spotflux and the game either fails to launch of is very slow . this seems like the last problem like this has returned