Christendom is absolutely right and did a good job of summing up North american players feelings. I played this game for the community, the point for me was interacting with people from all over the wold and my content was RvR. Now being based on the US east coast RvR in the EU server closes at 4pm my time, i get off work at 3pm most days, clearly untenable. Some may argue that there is more to RvR then the port battles but really how much do you want to do the RvR work when you can't be in the battle? My self and nearly all of ZERG are simply not playing any more. I will not play on the EU server with the restricted port battle timers that cut me out, and I see no reason to play on global with 200 people online. The lack of north american player retention is due to the perception that no one cares about us as a player base. Not one successful RvR game that I have ever played has these limits on when you can RvR, and server down time sits square in oceanic players play time. Whats more we have the comments of the staff that the problems of the game is the fault of north american players playing in their time zones(I can did out the screen shots if you insist as we as a player base have become paranoid and save everything off forum these days). When i was leading ZERG and doing most of the organisation work for the British after Redman29 quit the job due to work commitments I was playing in both EU and NA times because I was unemployed. I cant do that any more and as a result my feeling is that i have been cut out from the game. ZERG is about 50% north american players and the EU players we have want to play on global but have no interest in the ghost town that PvP2 is. And we are by no means the only clan now facing the choice of staying together or splitting along geographical lines. I don't run a xenophobic clan I have people who stretch from Australia all the way to Croatia and we like the diversity.
But server pop makes server pop so EU will get the players who don't care so much about RvR and leave global as a ghost town, even more so as the global server by definition needs more people to be successful. Personally i have yet to write my review for the game, I'm torn between the fact that i have more then gotten MY moneys worth, but i would absolutely not recommend this game in its current state, especially to anyone who lives in who lives in north america. Personalty I have lots of issues with how PR and the development of the game has gone and is going and I would be happy to discuss them wit the staff, but i have been absent from the forums after the last round of bans due to a general dissolution with the fate of the game.