Players who purchase the StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty Southeast Asia retail pack will be able to play on North American game servers within two months from launch day, according to an IAH Games press release NGNT received today.
Those who wish to play on the North American game servers will have to download a separate North American game client, to be made available through the Battle.net account management website.
There will be no integration between the Southeast Asian and the North American clients, with all account-specific data – such as friends lists, rankings, achievements, statistics, titles and unlockable rewards – to be tracked separately on each region’s server.
Players who have already bought a North American copy of StarCraft II will unfortunately be left in the lurch. They not be able to play on the Southeast Asia servers unless they buy a Southeast Asia StarCraft II retail pack.
Neither Blizzard nor IAH Games gave any reasons for allowing owners of the Southeast Asian copy of StarCraft II to play on North American servers.
Blizzard has been facing a wave of anger from Australians and New Zealanders who were included in the Southeast Asia region. Gamers from those two countries have traditionally played StarCraft and WarCraft III on the US West and US East Battle.net gateways.
More details about the North American Battle.net access, in the form of an FAQ which accompanied the press release, is available below:
Q: Who is eligible to play on the North American servers?
A: All players, including those in the regions of Hong Kong and Macau, who purchase the English Southeast Asia/Australia/New Zealand Standard or Collector’s Edition of StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty will have the option of playing on the North American Battle.net servers in addition to the Southeast Asia/Australia/New Zealand servers if they prefer.
Q: How much will this cost?
A: The option of playing on North American Battle.net servers will come at no additional cost to all players who have purchased the Southeast Asia/Australia/New Zealand version of StarCraft II.
Q: How will access to the North American servers be granted?
A: Our intention is to ensure that within 60 days after the launch of StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, all players with a copy of the Southeast Asia/Australia/New Zealand version will automatically gain the ability to also access the North American servers — this will be handled through Battle.net account management.
Q: How will I know when I can access the North American servers?
A: We will have additional information on how and when to access the North American servers on our StarCraft II community site.
Q: What will happen with my Southeast Asia/Australia/New Zealand Battle.net account?
A: Once you get access to the North American Battle.net servers, you will have access to both regions for online play. You can choose which one to play on at any given time, and can switch back and forth at will.
Q: How will my friends list and rankings be handled?
A: All account-specific data, including friends lists, rankings, achievements, statistics, titles, and unlockable rewards, will be tracked separately for each region’s Battle.net servers, and will not carry over between them.
Q: If I have already purchased the North American version, can I also play on the Southeast Asia/Australia/New Zealand servers?
A: No. To have the option to play on both servers, you must purchase the Southeast Asia/Australia/New Zealand version of StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. This solution is specifically targeted to address gamers in Southeast Asia/Australia/New Zealand who have social relationships with North American players from previous Blizzard Entertainment titles.
Q: Will I be able to play on any of the other StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty regional servers?
A: No. Players who purchase the Southeast Asia/Australia/New Zealand version of StarCraft II will have access to the Southeast Asia/Australia/New Zealand and the North American Battle.net servers. No other multi-region play will be available at this time.