Well this is bad news to hear. However, most implementations of EAC we have been able to get the game to launch offline without it. I assume this game will have a player versus player component or leaderboards or some good reason to mess up a perfectly good game series by adding this operating system hijacking software to the game.
Windows Store games are already a pain to deal with as they are. Adding this may make things much worse, especially since games for Windows Store launch in protected folders and whatnot.
I did read if change your region to new Zealand you can play it now. Oh god ignore my post I overlooked u tried this aleady
[Edited by mikey80, 9/5/2019 1:28:55 PM]