Iím very excited about this game, but I have a rather pressing concern that might become an issue once Star Trek Online launches, namely the server time.
I noticed that the servers for the head start would launch at 10.00AM PST. Now, I live in Europe (GMT+1) which runs ahead 9 hours of PST.
Iím assuming that, since the game headstart launches in American time zones, that the special ingame events (such as the end of beta event) and weekly maintenance also use the PST format.
Which would mean:
If Cryptic plans the weekly maintenance on a Wednesday from (Iíll take World of ******** maintenance times as the standard) 3.00AM PST till about 11.00AM PST. This would mean that I canít play the entire Wednesday afternoon and a part of the evening (Server maintenance would start at Noon (GMT+1) over here and run till 20.00PM (GMT+1).
The same would be for ingame events:
Letís say there would be an awesome ingame event where Borg invade. If Cryptic uses the PST format, the logical thing would be to use the PSTís peak hours, which are usually around 19.00PM.
That would mean the event would start at 4.00AM (GMT+1) over here, which would be when Iím sleeping!
How is Cryptic planning to work with these time differences?
Most likely they won't be adjusting their time to suit you. Why? Because it's based in the U.S. Just like other games that are based in certain countries, they work around the time zone that suits them best for the employees. I just don't understand why people from other countries (or the U.S. for that matter) cannot understand that concept. I play Eve online, based in Iceland (London servers). I'm not going to complain when they take the game down at a time inconvenient for me because I can deal with time zone issues i.e., I have a life.