The good news? StarCraft II will get a dedicated Southeast Asia Battle.net server. This means low latency games for all! The bad news? Well, not much really.
You won’t be able to play outside of the SEA Battle.net server, but that also means that you won’t be utterly destroyed by some Korean pro in your first game. Oh, and Australian and New Zealanders will also play on the same server as us, so you can play with your Singaporean friends who are currently studying abroad Down Under.
Unfortunately, Blizzard was not able to provide further information on the S$109 pricing or any other price alternatives (“we have nothing further to announce”). I did hear from IAHGames – the Singapore distributors of StarCraft II – that there will not be any other retail options besides the S$109 retail box on launch day, 27th July. Looks like we’ll all need to save up next month.
I gleaned a lot more information about StarCraft II’s Singapore release from my brief 15-minute interview of Blizzard’s Global Manager for Community Development, Kevin Yu (also known as “Karune” on the Blizzard forums) which you can read in the full interview transcript over at GameSync. It’s a good read if you want to find out more about the SEA Battle.net server or if you’re into competitive gaming. Or if you want to find out what Kerrigan’s cup size is!