The upcoming free-to-play MMO, Bless Unleashed won’t release in South Africa. The game just recently wrapped up its beta phase in which South African gamers would participate and enjoy the game. However, according to Neowiz, the full release, which is expected to land on 6 August, won’t be available for purchase in the country.
Multiple readers have reached out to us in order to get some clarification for the cancellation. Unfortunately, after emailing the Neowiz PR and asking for feedback, they have not responded. A message from the social media accounts did reply to use saying that due to the laws and regulations in South Africa, Bless Unleashed is not accessible to gamers.
If you head over to the Steam page now, the game is unlisted and the page returns an error. At the moment, gamers in other regions can view the page and pre-order the game.
An error was encountered while processing your request:
This item is currently unavailable in your region
The statement I received from the social media team isn’t clear on what is happening. Readers also report receiving the same response.
“Unfortunately due to game regulation laws in South Africa the team announced on July 26th that users from there would not be able to access the game.”
I went searching and it seems Bless Unleashed did announce the cancellation on 26 July. In a blog post, they claim that the game’s cancellation is due to “country-specific game regulation laws”. The full statement reads:
Bless Unleashed PC aims to provide a global game service for all countries without restrictions. However, the game access is restricted for the country below due to the country-specific game regulation laws.
- County: South Africa
- Restricted platform for game access: Steam, BlessUnleashed.com
- Effective date: August 2nd, 2021
– For the Test participation rewards, the coupon will be distributed upon the official platform launch.
– The account will be deleted after the coupons are distributed upon the official platform launch.
The users who already created an account from the country mentioned above cannot continue using the service.
If you want to terminate your account, kindly inquire us via Customer Service for more details.
What these game regulations are is not clear. We also don’t know whether or not anything will change. We have again reached out to see why the game is not available in the country.