If it will be any thing like ****'s release you can expect weeks of 4 hour ques from too many people trying to play. Even WoW after all these years has incredible ques and terrible lag every expansion release. Now how do you feel about getting shut down with 3 hours under your belt while I'm still waiting for my code from Atari.
Yeah if maintenance stays at this time it would sux big time for EU as we are mostly 00-17 sleeping and or in school/work, add lunch and other stuff so we can actualy play from 19-24 and if half of it is maintenance then i want just cry.
Why we dont have maintenance after 24 PST, that would be more acceptable in EU as we will be learning/working anyway at that time, at least most of us.
Discussing down times is pointless. Somewhere somebody is getting screwed out of their "special gaming time" no matter what you do. Personally I play 50% of the time after 10PM when the work is done and family asleep and the rest of the time between 4am and 6am before going off to work. Doesnt matter a hill of beans to me if they shut down for maintenance at "peak" times like 5pm. Of course that hacks others off, so what can you do?
We play when we can, go back to our life when we cant. If we cant play often enough, we quit payiing. Pretty simple.
Well seeing how everything Cryptic does is based on Pacific time I would gather that they will do thier maintenance between 3am to 7am PST, I know imagine that a company based in the USA not doing thier maintenance according to EU times lol.