Dear Creative Assembly support,
thank you for this great game, and your extended support times! I really appreciate that.
I would like to make a comment on this certain situation that is currently unpleasent.
The global chat lobby is still not working (since Empire), even though you made good additions in Rome 2. This it NOT a new issue but requested since years (refer this old thread):forums.totalwar.com/showthread.php/40145-The-Rome-II-Chat-LobbyThe Rome 2 chat lobby is currently 99% perfect in functionality but it does not work actually.
Players are split into dozends of regions world wide, according to their set Steam Download region.
So you cannot see games, and online players nor chat with all of them. Common chat is empty, no players no working public chat, only the rooms work, but they are limited to regions aswell so do not expect your friends can see your created chat room.
Why does the community need a global / public chat
- talking about about weather
- much more important pre battle talk / talks after battle (analyzeing)
- building up communities
- make relations LIVE to other clans and player afar from Steam groups and forums
- invite people to games not in your friends list in Steam / additionally there is a limit on the friend list
- helping new players, answer basic questions
- organising world wide tournaments / make appointments
and so on.
a famous community supporter
complaint about this situation and explains it aswell on 02.07.2012. Literally you can take into account you would help thousands of players fixing this issue finally and make the Rome 2 community same active like Rome 1 community is.
Please spread this trick
to avoid the regional restriction.
On behalf of a good portion of the community I ask you to fix this asap or at least give us a hint how to avoid this issue.
We cannot talk and invite foreign people into games anymore, nor we can talk to them after a battle. We approach players and then after a battle disappear for each other again, unless we have luckily the same Steam Download region.
This is not tolerateable. Even other big games have working global chat lobbies, Rome 1 had.
You put a lot of effort into this chat actually and improved it a lot, you can even now use cut & past to ease stating rules like CWB without the hassle of repetitive new typing. All is going into a well direction but actually the chat is like a car, full featured, but you do not have the keys for that car (no working global chat, only few players to see)
Also the rooms are doubled in every region and have weird names like (Day 1, 54th chat) - refer picturesRome 1 still working flawless for nearly 10 years (of course aged controls), there is no everyday silence and as you can follow up the chat in the screenshot a mostly friendly athmosphere, not so friendly / annoying members can be blocked.
Naploleon is very similar to Rome 2 problems - No players visible, no global chat working, no pre- / after battle communication possible same as in Rome 2Shogun 2 was a mix. Some players were visible online in the global chat, but not completely not related to the steam DL region. You cannot see your friends online even they have the same region. public chat would work, but people do not use it as there is no one friendly to talk to.Rome 2 has got extended controls but not working properly. Also the most people I ask do not see the chat lobby, as it is auto disabled by default, while the button is quite hidden in the upper left part of your main screen (who made this design decision? Also it would be nice to have lobby for classical multiplayer as currently people online might not be reachable playing a single player campaign though (perhaps use colors who is busy in which mode like in Rome 1
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Thank you if you can drop a line onto this, confirming things are to be fixed or WIP.