Next Tuesday is going to be a big, awesome day, with at least three massive games all hitting at once. If StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void is your pick of the bunch, and you live in Australia or New Zealand, have we got some great news for you!
Blizzard has confirmed that not only are we getting locally-hosted Australian servers for the game, but they’re online now, a week ahead of the game’s release.
Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment explains:
In addition to an epic single-player campaign, social and competitive multiplayer has always been a core component of the StarCraft experience. Deploying local game servers for StarCraft II in ANZ reaffirms our ongoing commitment to the region and should deliver a new standard of gameplay for players there.
The story is simple: If you’re in Australia or New Zealand, your copy of the game should automatically connect up with the closest, fastest servers. Because of the way they’ve been configured, you shouldn’t notice any differences other than speed! You can still seamlessly play, group up and chat with gamers using the other servers based in the Americas.
Our most recent update, Heart of the Swarm Patch 3.0.3, allows the option to select a preferred game server in the StarCraft II Options Menu. However, we would like to clarify a few points about this feature before you try it out.
- This setting will default to Best Match, but players may wish to change this if they notice connection issues when playing on a specific server.
- Please note: As we continue to improve and expand our game sites, our intention is for Best Match to provide the best play experience for most players. If you are not experiencing issues, it is highly recommend that you leave this set to Best Match.
- If players in a party have conflicting game site preferences, the game server that is most commonly selected among the party’s members will be used.
- It is still possible for players to get matched into games on servers they did not select. This will be rare, but can still happen.
- If players in a party have different preferred game servers selected, it will try to match to the most preferred site.
- If you are not in a party, you are almost guaranteed to receive the game server you select, but there is still a small possibility you will be connected to a different server.
The new local hardware will help put SC2 on the same level as World of Warcraft, Diablo III and Heroes of the Storm, which also boast Australian servers.
If, for whatever reason, you don’t want to get Legacy of the Void, and you’re perfectly happy with earlier SC2 titles Wings of Liberty or Heart of the Swarm, you can jump straight onto the new local servers. You don’t need the new game to play!
StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void will give ANZ gamers the chance to reclaim the Protoss homeworld from 4pm November 10 (AEDT), so it might be a good idea to start doing some stretches.