Mit dem neusten Patch 1.1.0 der am Mittwoch kommen soll, ermöglicht es den Spielern aus der SEA Zone (Südost Asien/Australien/Neuseeland) gegen die Nordamerikanischen Kollegen zu spielen. Dies geschieht über eine erweiterung des Battle.net Accounts und soll absolut kostenlos sein. Das gab Blizzard in einem Blog in dieser Zone bekannt. Wir Europäer müssen uns noch gedulden, da dies wohl auch ein Testlauf ist, aber es lässt hoffen das wir in Zukunft über die eigene Region hinweg spielen können.
Once the new patch is available, you can log into the Battle.net Account Management at www.battle.net with your username and password.
After you have logged in, click “Account” in the upper left-hand corner of the site. Under “Your Game Accounts”, there will be an option to “Add Game” for the NA version of StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. To activate, just click “Add Game” and you will immediately have the NA license on your Battle.net Account.
The in-game region selector will be integrated into the StarCraft II client. You can choose which region to play in before logging into your Battle.net account.
IMPORTANT: Be advised that patching and maintenance takes place at different times in each region. As a result you might be temporarily unable to access SEA games if you download the latest patch by connecting to NA.
If you connect to the NA region with a new patch, you will be unable to play in SEA/ANZ until this region is updated to the new patch as well, typically a day later. Once all regions have been updated to the same patch this will no longer be an issue.
Please take this into account when deciding when and where you'll play during patch days.
Und ein kleiner Faq gibt es gleich mit dazu:
Q: Who is eligible to play on the North American servers? How much will this cost? 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. The option to play on North American Battle.net servers will come at no additional cost to players who have purchased the Southeast Asia/Australia/New Zealand version of StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty.
Q: How will access to the North American servers be granted? A: All players with a copy of the Southeast Asia/Australia/New Zealand version will automatically gain the ability to access the North American servers -- this will be handled through Battle.net account management.
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: 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.