Amidst all the hype and drama of The Game Awards, you might have forgotten that Ubisoft's open-world extreme sports adventure Steep launched today.
If you tried to load it up earlier today - the day of launch - or right now, you won't be able to play. And there's a reason for that.
In a note sent out to the press, Ubisoft announced that they would not be opening the servers worldwide for Steep until the sun had rose in Europe. The idea is to maximise the amount of people playing at the exact same time, so people have the best experience when they first fire up the game.
Here's the statement:
In order to ensure a fun experience with a larger pool of online players from day one, Steep servers will open worldwide once it is day time in Europe, so players from Asia to Europe will populate Steep’s immense open world at launch. As a consequence, players in Australia and New Zealand will only hit the slopes from 7:00 PM AEDT on launch day. We’re sorry for any inconvenience this may cause and can’t wait for everyone to discover the world of Steep.
So, you'll have to wait another hour and a half before you can hit the slopes. I'll be messing around with the game over the week, so if you're around drop your gamer tag/Steam name in the comments and we'll crash into a tree together.