Blizzard to Allow Cross-Region Play in StarCraft 2

Following in Diablo 3′s footsteps, Blizzard is introducing cross-region play to StarCraft II, allowing players to switch to different servers and take on players from all over the world.

Like Diablo, cross-region play doesn’t mean server consolidation on Blizzard’s part, nor does it mean just hopping onto a Korean server and busting onto the ladders before flipping back to the U.S. or Europe. Instead, players will start fully separate profiles for each different server they play on — so you won’t be bringing your stats along with you if you leave your home server, or any of the other stuff you’ve earned along the way.

Blizzard says Global Play, as it’s called, will hopefully be available with the release of StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm, or thereabouts. The developer is also working on a few other features “this year,” with the hopes of having the features ready for HotS:

  • Multiplayer resume from replay
  • Multilanguage support
  • Clan/group system
  • Unranked matchmaking
  • Multiplayer replay viewing

The only trouble with all these improvements: we don’t know when they’ll actually be done. Put on your Patient Hat.

Source: Battle.net.

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1 Comment on Blizzard to Allow Cross-Region Play in StarCraft 2

Tigz

On May 9, 2012 at 5:58 am

Amazing! This is what we call progress!

Didn’t Starcraft and Warcraft III already have “Global Play”?
Multilanguage, how refreshing.
Bots + Op channels and later clan channels plus full clan support = Clan / Group system.
Unranked Matchmaking? Already?!
And the ability to view a replay.. Almost too good to be true.

Am I missing something here or should all this have been part of Sc2 in the first place? I was heavily dissapointed myself in the battle.net part of Sc2, from no chat channels to a horrible custom game lobby system. The latter which still persists to this day.

It’s perplexing to me that anyone could be proud to introduce such features nearly 2 years after release.
But i’m happy it’s happening, I still play the game from time to time, but just purely for the custom games. Which is extremely limited compared to Sc and Wc3 (In better times, now it’s dominated by bots.), so being able to go to other servers should at least offer more versatility in this part.