Yesterday we broke the news that Eidos was planning to region lock PC box versions of Deus Ex Human Revolution, but now - presumably in response to the huge negative reaction - the team has announced that they no longer plan to implement the lock.
Forum admin jaycw2309 announced this via the official Eidos forums.
"We’re aware of some discussion regarding the planned region-locking of boxed PC versions of Deus Ex: Human Revolution," he wrote, "and after careful review we have decided not to implement this in the UK/Europe. Please note, this plan only related to PC boxed games, and not digital or console editions."
This leaves online stores such as OzGameShop in a strange position, having already announced that they would provide refunds to Australian consumers who pre-ordered UK versions of the game through the site. They reacted to the news claiming that refunds would still be provided, but the option was there to still receive the game as ordered.
We have just been informed that Deus Ex Human Revolution will NOT be region-locked and WILL indeed work in Australia. This announcement was made on Eidos' offical forums: http://forums.eidosgames.com/showthread.php?t=119397.
After the mixed messages we've had this week, we understand that some of you may have ordered the game at local retailers and so it is still our intention to refund all orders made at ozgameshop.com.
If you would like us to send the game to you, please reply to this email as soon as possible stating your order number which can be found on your order confirmation email or by logging-in to the website and clicking on My Orders. Please let us know by Monday August 22nd.
If you do not reply to this email, we will assume that you do not want the game and will process your refund.
Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience and confusion this may have caused.
Thanks to Leigh and Bish for sending this in!