Starcraft II NA servers to be opened up via patch

Update on the way to allow Aussie Wings of Liberty owners into other server regions.

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Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty launched around Australia on July 27 to hordes of adoring fans, but there was one feature missing from the game that struck a raw note with local players: North American (NA) server access. Originally, Blizzard planned to lock Australian and New Zealand (A&NZ) gamers out of the NA servers for online play, forcing them to play on the highly competitive Southeast Asian servers. Shortly after, Blizzard retracted the decision and said that the NA servers would be opened up to A&NZ gamers, but at the cost of downloading the NA Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty client.

Again trying to appease the upset fans, Blizzard has announced via its community blog that it is now planning to release a patch that will add in an in-game server region selector to A&NZ versions of the game. Acknowledging the worries that A&NZ gamers had about downloading massive client files on limited download caps, Blizzard said, "Some of you have expressed concerns regarding your ISP download caps. We wanted to let you know that it will not be necessary to download a new Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty client to play in the NA region."

Blizzard did include one little disclaimer in the post, saying that "if an in-game solution can’t be implemented right away, then alternatives will be provided, such as offering a small file download that would duplicate the intended functionality and allow your existing client to access the NA region."

Despite caving in to the fan outcry, the megapublisher is still sticking to its guns and recommending that Aussie players connect to the Southeast Asian servers for lower latency. At this time it's uncertain as to when the fix will be released, but Blizzard has previously stated that a solution will be in place within 60 days of Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty's release.

Discussion

17 comments
sina1374
sina1374

Aussies must be really happy.

Invisstalker
Invisstalker

This makes me feel all fuzzy inside. Smart move, Blizzard.

dbleja
dbleja

I blew my download/upload cap getting the digital copy the first time round (Blizzard didn't bother mentioning it was a peer-to-peer download), so I'm glad I won't have to do it again. I'm also looking forward to being able to play multiplayer for the first time ever, seeing as how the current lag spikes make it impossible for me.

Bandoleiro
Bandoleiro

REGION LOCK SUX!!!!!! Only Blizzard didnt notice that...

DaylightX
DaylightX

"...forcing them to play on the highly competitive Southeast Asian servers." Umm...you do realize that Southeast Asia doesn't actually include Korea or Taiwan right? SEA covers the country South of China, and East of India. There are oodles of good players for sure, but like, has anyone actually watched a gamecast of pro players from Aus/NZ/Singapore/Philippines /Vietnam/Thailand. And isn't that statement kind of taking a knock on the US servers, too?

heryxpc
heryxpc

We need a Patch to allow Mexican players in NA! many of us have Collectors Edition and cant play with Mexican pals, only US :S

Munkyman587
Munkyman587

As an American currently living in Aus, I am still waiting to go back to the US to buy the game... I don't want to pay 100 bucks and face bandwidth caps >.> Enjoy L4D2 folks

F3l1P3
F3l1P3

That's really great.. if i were from Aus., even though i would like them to "implement" the same but a patch for playing NA and México together, that would be awesome :)

realone2005
realone2005

Any gamer knows playing on American servers is 230+ ping latency. which is not as much fun, just play Dawn of war 2, Supreme Commander 2 or any other RTS game and you will know what i mean.

Mist17
Mist17

can't wait at last some custom maps to play

Pete5506
Pete5506

Good to hear, I cant imagine playing koreans, I would never win

S_facelift
S_facelift

Yay we will be able to kill americans rather then getting domintated

Neo_Sarevok
Neo_Sarevok

Hopefully the ping is alright for U.S. East.

FsLeonhart
FsLeonhart

I look forward to the same happens with other regions

M3tr4nk0
M3tr4nk0

Great news for the Aussies! :P

acerpg007
acerpg007

Good news for Australians and New Zealand people..