Console Remaster Region Locked?

First off, I am posting here because the remaster forum does not let me post if I don’t own a PC copy.
I am in the US, probably connecting to US West servers, and I’m trying to play with a friend who lives in the EU. We have tested trying to connect to each other, eventually moving to PC and having him change his region, to find out that the beta lobbies are region locked. What would be the reasoning for this and is this going to be a permanent feature?

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