Servers Will Go Live Based On Local Time


Diablo III ServersAccording to Bahamut, the Traditional Chinese Client will be going online at GMT +8 – a full 15 12 hours before US servers do – assuming Bahamut’s information is not haughty.

A 12 hour difference is a fairly large margin, and it’s awesome that they’ll be playing the game nearly a full day before everybody else. However, it makes me wonder why they are not making it a flat global release. Prior to this, most were assuming that servers would pop online in tandem with the 12:01 AM PST countdown. This, of course, made sense. With a global release, everybody would be able to start playing the game at exactly the same time. This raises a few questions: Will other regions be able to start playing when their clocks strike 12:01AM as well? Will you be able to hop to other regions that have had their servers turned on to start playing before your region’s servers go live? Why don’t I live in China?

To some, this might look like an unfair advantage. Having a 12 hour head start is no pittance of time for those that are racing to 60. It would certainly make you hard-pressed to compete at all – perhaps this is why there is no feat of strength to have the first level 60 character. But I’m not entirely sure if any of it matters all that much. Thinking more on the matter, characters on other regions are non-transferable and items found cannot be sold on other region’s DiabloWikiauction houses.

If all servers go live attached to their May 15th 12:01AM time, that means that the Diablo 3 Release Countdown site needs to get a lot more complex. And ours as well, it seems. How does the community view this new bit of information? Do you find yourself a peeved? Or are you cool with it and patient enough for your region? Or… don’t care?

Update: If there are any Chinese translators reading this, it would be appreciated if we could get a full non-google transcript. – Thanks Ganoidyn

Update 2: It would seem that all regions will go live at their respective times based on a supposed Blizzard quote taken from a blog. I can’t seem to find the actual source – since nobody actually has it, and all other blogs using this quote link back to the Diablo III Countdown Widget that says the following:

With our previous releases we do release them at local times, so for Europe it will be midnight on the 15th, which in theory means that it will be released a few hours before North America gets it. This might change in the future but it will then be updated on our webpage.

If anybody has the actual source to the blue quote, please post in comments.

Click past the fold to see the translation of Bahamut’s site, complements to Ganoidyn.

Headline: Diablo III Asian Edition Morning of May 15th (Taiwan time), Traditional Chinese client will have priority access

With the preorders for the Diablo III Collector’s Edition opening today, many gamers are watching the May 15th release date and impatiently wondering – when (what time) exactly can we start playing? In an interview with Blizzard, Bahamut confirms that the Traditional Chinese physical copy version of the game, as well as the digital version, will have access to the servers on 0001h Taiwan time. Thus we will lead the US version to be the first to experience the joy of Diablo III! (don’t hate me bro I’m just the translator @[email protected])

According to Blizzard, those that purchase physical copy of the Traditional Chinese version, as well as the digital copy, may select the Asian servers and log in from 0001 on May 15th, local time (in Taiwan) and begin to play.

For those that purchase the Diablo III Collector’s Edition, however, after installing the default English version, if required they may choose to select Chinese in the “other language” clients available. In addition, they will have to wait until 3pm local time, when the US service opens, before they can log in and play.

The following table shows the different versions of DIII, for those interested:

The left-most column of the table, from top to bottom, reads:
Type
When You Can Buy
Where You Can Buy
Installation
Language
Server
Mac-Compatible
Price

The top row, from left to right and excluding the left-most which is “Type”, reads:
Traditional Chinese physical copy
Traditional Chinese digital copy
Digital copy (all languages)
Collector’s Edition (all languages)

The When You Can Buy row says that the Traditional Chinese physical and digital versions are available from pre-order/download. The all-language versions will only be available from 15th May.

The Where row just lists retailers (as expected, for the digital versions it’s a link to Taiwan’s Battle.net).

The biggest row – the Installation row – states that the all-language client will only be usable in Traditional Chinese on the Asian servers UNTIL 3pm Taiwan time. The Collector’s Edition will be completely unusable until 3pm Taiwan time.

Interestingly, the Traditional Chinese versions are NOT Mac-supported. According to the second-last box on both of the All Languages columns, only the English, French, and German clients are Mac-supported.

The Server row says the same thing across all versions: Free selection.

The Collector’s Edition is twice the price of the Traditional Chinese version. The Traditional Chinese physical and digital copies are identically priced – although no doubt retailers will be undercutting each other. The non-Collector’s Edition version with all languages is available at 4/3 the price of the Traditional Chinese version.

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  1. ummm…. so? EU goes live before US… QQ more wow. This makes you look bad

    oh on top of this Game coming out != servers are up

    US client for preorder (digital) comes out at PDT 12 time BUT they dont know when servers are coming up

    • Did you read my whole article? Because based on your comment, I assume no.

      • You spent so much time raging I think you should re-read it, see the sources inside it, and keep in mind bad translations.
        Not once do they say anything about the server, they say the preorder of the game, the game itself. No official word has been given on when servers are going up, find that, and ill be happy to shut up

        They say they can play first, not thinking about the fact of servers do not have to go up when the game is out… So find “servers are going up” official word,

        • I do not believe I raged at all in my article. I feel I was quite level-headed and professed why it matters and why it doesn’t.

          Are you offended by my opinion? Because I believe the moral of the story is this: there’s nothing you can do about it, so whether or not you’re annoyed, deal with it.

          EDIT: and as many others have pointed out, it is not unlike Blizzard to turn servers on by region; they’ve done so for every other game.

          • Yup no raging to be seen in the article – just to back you up there Nizaris 🙂

            Edit: To contribute something: I could imagine a not so flat and global release just to prevent bad publicity due to servers crashing under the load. How many preorders are out there again yet?

          • you two ladies need to get a room. personally I couldn’t give a shit what time the servers go live, I still gotta wait a week or so to receive my CE :).

            as for the countdown clock here, it’s counting down to release date, not release time. I can’t believe the amount of people nitpicking about this bullshit. my god, get a life you lot……that includes YOU Niz

  2. This is fucking stupid. What’s the point of even playing at 12:00am if some people get super early access. I’m fucking furious if this is happening.

    • Welcome to every game?

    • Just move to China bro.

    • “What’s the point of even playing at 12:00am”
      hmm, maybe to play the game as soon as you can. 

    • Well, China starts at midnight their local time. Why do they have to wait for a midnight coming to US?

    • This news has no effect on me because IF I buy D3 it will be 2-3 months after the release (I still gotta to be convinced D3 will be a good game), but I also think its stupid to not have synchronized release. The fun part of those releases is knowing that you and millions of others just started to play a brand new game in the exact moment.
      If there’s no synchronized releases why putting a midnight release in the first place? Just allow each region to start playing after 20-21pm in their local time, a much better time for everyone I guess, because its not everyone that can play for 12 hours straight, many players must wake early in the next day, so by launching the game 3-4 hours early Blizzard would let even more players happy.

  3. Good for them I suppose, but I don’t care at all.
     

    • that’s the spirit brah!

      says the guy with a wife, a fulltime job and a kid on the way. I’ll prolly get to lvl 60 in a month or something, but I can relate to kids in school or unemployed students being frustrated that they’ll start their game later… oh wait no, someone else is starting before them…   🙄  qq more please.

      captcha is – pipe down. couldn’t have said it better myself. 

  4. Well it would be pretty cool for me ! If I can’t play at MY 12:01, then it means that I’ll have to wait until 03:01… kinda late ! I’d like to have a confirmation about all that before the release!

    • That’s what I want to know.  I want to start playing with Neinball but that all hangs on if the servers are up at the same time.  I sent a few tweets out hope I get an answer.

  5. I couldn’t care less

  6. I am moving to China.

  7. like servers aren’t going to lag when everybody rushes home starting to install diablo III at the same time in each serverzone… Just wait for a few hours, it won’t kill you. I hope… 😉

  8. who cares ^^ i preordered CE and will have to wait at least 2 more days … 15hours that way or another …

  9. It will be like Starcraft 2. Every region will go live at 12:00. So for Europe (where I live) servers will be up at 12:00 Central Europe Time(GMT+1)

  10. Woot. If the servers are up at midnight europe time, then no waiting for 6 am to start playing as I have work on the 16th. Great news.

  11. Would be cool if someone from China could stream while playing. Accept my challange!

  12. I’m surprised that you’re surprised!
    It’s been like this for a long time, for a lot of other Blizz games.
    I remember when WotLK was released, I was able to upgrade my account at 10pm GMT, and Northrend was available a few minutes later, that’s an eleven hours difference with midnight PST.
    This will probably be the same on D3 release.

  13. I figure that although that’s 15 hours that I’m not playing, that’s also 15 hours for Blizzard to work out minor/major bugs in their servers before the US attacks their servers.  The assumption is that the servers will withstand the initial smash of players.  Those 15 hours may save us many hours of playing and/or cut down on lag from changes that are able to be made before our time to play.

  14. If they do get to play it early I will be very salty about it ><.  Everyone should have to wait till the same time to play it…which should be 12:01 EST! 😀

  15. Easy Solution: Blizzard will apporiatly bring the china man servers online at the correct time, but to give EVERYONE! a fair advantage to become the first to 60; blizzard shall bring the Ladder online at certain time.

  16. America: “… it launches at 12:01 a.m. PDT on May 15
    Asia: “… it launches at 12:01 a.m. PDT on May 15
    Europe
    : 12:00 a.m. CEST May 15 = 3 p.m. PDT on May 14 -> “With our previous releases we do release them at local times, so for Europe it will be midnight on the 15th, which in theory means that it will be released a few hours before North America gets it. This might change in the future but it will then be updated on our webpage.” (by Blizzard)

    EU rulez 😉

  17. Why is this even an article? Isn’t this obvious? If it shouldn’t be midnight of when should be the launch? Interesting that you find this worthy…

    • ok lets think about the diablo3 game (on ur account) its gobal = you can take any copy of diablo 3 and play on ANY servers, how many die hard diablo fans do you think will start to play on chines/EU servers if they go live in US 😉

  18. well if the chines client is differnt from the rest of the world. but as far as we have been told the diablo 3 account is gobal = all that gets there hand on the client (decyrped can play) on the china servers !,

  19. You can as well say that it’s not fair if everyone starts at the same time, because some people are sleeping, some people are at work, some people are at school. I don’t see anything wrong with each region starting at their own time. Why should everyone start according to US time?

  20. If someone cares now, they will stop after playing for the first fifteen hours so I’m not really in a tizzy over it. Timezones are timezones. It was the same with SC2. If you’re that flustered by it, set up a Chinese VPN.

  21. In fact, I don’t care. 15 hours before or after someone else, it’s still the same game and we’ll have fun anyways.

  22. Since the game is not region locked it means that everyone in the world will be able to play on the chinese servers as soon as they go live.

  23. Lol.  And a day (hours?) after everyone in the world is able to play, it will be entirely a non-issue.  You have years/decades to play this game.  So what?
     
    I wouldn’t really care if the Chinese servers were up a week or more before the rest of the world.  It’ll eventually be out where I live, and in the end, isn’t that all that really matters?

  24. China is 12 hours before the USA so of course it should be 12 hours (3 hours of but still). Releasing it at the same time all over the wolrd is just stupid, who would play at 3 in the morning? (Kids without jobs might…). Also China is a lot bigger and have a lot more population so why not?

  25. Realm is full
    You are 1522 in queue…
    Estimated time. Unavailable

  26. If the whole world would log in at a flat time, the servers would crash. By going timezone by timezone, they cleverly avoid that. By the way, Cataclysm was the same thing, and STILL the servers crashed for like an hour. Now imagine if millions of players logged in at exactly the same time all over the world – Apocalypse I tell you!

    • Every region has it’s own server infrastructure, so there is no problem with this.

    • Actually releasing at different times throughout the world is going to cause more issues with server crashes. All of those people that manage to get their hands on the game early in their region will flock to the open servers to start playing.

  27. It’s not like I’d be playing until my free time later in the day after release anyway. 

  28. I don’t care. Honestly, why should anyone?

  29. “Why don’t I live in China?” Lol I was thinking the same before I read that.

    • Because I rather not work 14 hours per day in a dusty factory putting together expensive things for people in the west for a minor pay?

  30. Why would this be a “disadvantage”?
     
    There’s asian servers, euro servers, oceania, usa.
    So realworld trading with the RMAH wont be affected.
    There is no “worldfirst” achievements, and other such nonsense,. it’s not wow. it’s diablo.
     
    I’m reading this and going,. like,, so?
    Perhaps someone could explain how or why this would be such a major issue?
    There’s been plenty of games released in asia, OR the usa, where you wait weeks if not months before the other continent can play certain content….

    • It’s not a big deal. It’s just information that people didn’t have a solid answer to. I see it being asked all over the place on the net and getting conflicting answers. This, at least, quells misinformation.

      On another note, I think people are reading much too far into this article. “A flicker of annoyance” does not equate to “this is the end all and be all of my existence.” But to each their own. Since it is too distracting from the intent of the article, I think it can just be omitted.

      As for this being a disadvantage, I would encourage you to read the the following clause. Many are racing to level 60. A world first is something prized – if start times are staggered from region to region, there is no competing with a 12 hour head start. Perhaps that is not important to you or me, but it IS important for those planning to race.

    • no it’s not…. there is only US, Euro, Russia, Korean servers…. there is no ‘Asian’ servers anymore. Oceanic and South East Asia are now merged together with US, and as Aussie is 17 hours ahead of West Coast, guess who is having the biggest headstart? 😛

  31. 15 hours head start is a good thing.  Think of the thousands of items on the RMAH/GAH ready for you to buy.
     

  32. Damn, some of you Americans really think the world turns just for you? Everyone will get to play the game at 12:01 local time so stop wining: “chinese get in first, this is so unfair”

    • I think you’re confusing, well, confusion, with American Exceptionalism.
      But I think this is the fairest way to do it. 12:01am everywhere. We just happen to live in a different time zone, and people in the Asian realm happen to live in the ideal time zone. That’s just the way it works out.
       
      Time was when there were no world-wide releases and people in Asia, AU, EU, would have to wait sometimes months longer than people in the states to play games, so this is pretty cool, actually.

  33. o please… correct me if i’m wrong but from an announcement till release we’ve been waiting 4 years, which is 33 528 hours! who gives a f*** about few hours more?!! 
     

  34. I could imagine this is done on purpose, so all the chaineeze sweatshopz and farmers get a head start.

    However, I suppose they can only play on the chaineeze servers at midnight and not on ours.

    There is no way for them to be able to play on NA servers before NA people so not a big deal.

    Also auctionhouses are all region bound so no matter if they have it earlier or not. (imo)

  35. please stop that ‘teh first to blah blah’ obsession.

  36. I don’t care have been waiting too many years for this game. 🙂

  37. As long as said country can only log onto their own country server [edit: until each goes live] , I’m O.K. with it.

  38. In other non-news: I just had a trip to the bathroom.

  39. Ok so I can start earlier (Europe), but you guys are still playing when I have to go to work. Hah!

    15 hours is peanuts if you consider how bad it used to be in Europe with months of delay because of localization or IGNORE.

  40. Let me explain why I am annoyed at this point.

    I don’t care when China gets to play, or I should say, I don’t care if they get to play before me.

    What I do care about is this:
    I got the digital download for 1 reason: Because it said “be ready to play right at launch”
    But, the digital download can’t be installed untill Midnight PST.
    Now, there are rumors, speculation, that the servers may go live for the US as early as Midnight Eastern.

    If thats the case, living in Florida, I will actuallly be penalized by 3 hours because I got the digital downlaod, rather than getting it from a store that opens at midnight.

    That is lame.

     

    • I actually thought that they said they would allow installation prior to servers going online. Correct me if I’m wrong, though.

  41. Really, who gives a shit? There ain’t no ladder season. Who the hell cares if someone gets to play D3 some hours earlier than you.
     

  42. For me it’s logical that they open servers at local times. Why would it make sense for China or Europe to wait until its midnight in US? When its midnight in China – servers open for it. When its midnight in Europe – servers open for it. Same for US. All fair. Everyone starts to play the game at THEIR local time. 

  43. yea, no ladder, the hells wrong with blizzard. 

  44. Yeah, who cares. Don’t see the issue. Maybe if the game was released weeks before other regions it might be an issue. But half a day? No. 

  45. Hi Nizaris, since no one in the comments has ventured a translation, I hope you don’t think it presumptuous of me to have a go at it. As you already know, though, my Chinese is not very good. In addition, I am only translating the information on the site – I cannot guarantee its accuracy.

    Headline: Diablo III Asian Edition Morning of May 15th (Taiwan time), Traditional Chinese client will have priority access

    With the preorders for the Diablo III Collector’s Edition opening today, many gamers are watching the May 15th release date and impatiently wondering – when (what time) exactly can we start playing? In an interview with Blizzard, Bahamut confirms that the Traditional Chinese physical copy version of the game, as well as the digital version, will have access to the servers on 0001h Taiwan time. Thus we will lead the US version to be the first to experience the joy of Diablo III! (don’t hate me bro I’m just the translator @[email protected])

     According to Blizzard, those that purchase physical copy of the Traditional Chinese version, as well as the digital copy, may select the Asian servers and log in from 0001 on May 15th, local time (in Taiwan) and begin to play.

    For those that purchase the Diablo III Collector’s Edition, however, after installing the default English version, if required they may choose to select Chinese in the “other language” clients available. In addition, they will have to wait until 3pm local time, when the US service opens, before they can log in and play.

    The following table shows the different versions of DIII, for those interested:

    The left-most column of the table, from top to bottom, reads:
    Type
    When You Can Buy
    Where You Can Buy
    Installation
    Language
    Server
    Mac-Compatible
    Price

    The top row, from left to right and excluding the left-most which is “Type”, reads:
    Traditional Chinese physical copy
    Traditional Chinese digital copy
    Digital copy (all languages)
    Collector’s Edition (all languages)

    The When You Can Buy row says that the Traditional Chinese physical and digital versions are available from pre-order/download. The all-language versions will only be available from 15th May.

    The Where row just lists retailers (as expected, for the digital versions it’s a link to Taiwan’s Battle.net).

    The biggest row – the Installation row – states that the all-language client will only be usable in Traditional Chinese on the Asian servers UNTIL 3pm Taiwan time. The Collector’s Edition will be completely unusable until 3pm Taiwan time.

    Interestingly, the Traditional Chinese versions are NOT Mac-supported. According to the second-last box on both of the All Languages columns, only the English, French, and German clients are Mac-supported.

    The Server row says the same thing across all versions: Free selection.

    The Collector’s Edition is twice the price of the Traditional Chinese version. The Traditional Chinese physical and digital copies are identically priced – although no doubt retailers will be undercutting each other. The non-Collector’s Edition version with all languages is available at 4/3 the price of the Traditional Chinese version.

    ***

    Everyone here who’s saying they’ll move to China – please don’t move to the mainland. Taiwan considers itself a separate territory from the main country of China, and it has its own government, and obviously its own battle.net. Taiwan also uses the Traditional Chinese client, while the majority of China will probably be using the all-languages client that will be released on May 15th, as they do not use Traditional Chinese script in mainland China.

    A lot of the comments are people whining about the Collector’s Edition being disadvantaged! I guess no matter what language you speak, there will always be complainers >D 

    • Thank you for the translation!

      • Interesting comments:

        ???????
        Trans: Actually it’s not much difference.

        5/15??!!
        Trans: May 15th SUCH A LONG WAIT

        ?? ??????????????? ?????
        Trans: screw this, who thought of this stupid way to handle Collector’s Edition? rage

        ????? ???????????????? ?????????
        Trans: This digital protection thing is bullshit, need to buy a normal version (referring to the Traditional Chinese version) before also buying a Collector’s Edition? We’ll know who are the idiots when the day comes.

        Curiously, a lot of the Taiwanese are concerned with the Traditional Chinese version being language-bound – that means that if they want to play from the start of May 15th, they will be forced to hear the Chinese voice-acting for their entire game session unless they upgrade to or purchase the more expensive all-language version. In exchange for the freedom to hear the original voice actors in English, some of the commenters seem willing to spend more or forgo their 15-hour advantage.

        ???????:??????????+????????????+??
        A lot of people were asking “What is language-bound?” or some variant. This person explains: Language-bound means you pick Chinese and you get Chinese words + Chinese voice-acting, if you pick English it’s English words + English voice-acting.

        ??????…..??????…..
        Trans: I want the English voice actors… Just give me Chinese text…

        ??????????????????????????
        Trans: No worries, eventually some blessed saint will crack it, and then we can have Chinese texts with English voice acting!

        ???? ?????????……..
        Trans: I want to hear the original voice-acting, but I really really want to be able to read and understand the text…

        fxck???????no??:Greeting->???? ?????
        Trans: fxck this language-bound thing, won’t get to hear Cain say “Greetings” -> Changed to some [I don't understand this next chunk, but there are some derogatory words and then something that may be a name]

  46. Couple of questions because clearly I am confused:

    1) The U.S. game will go live 12am PST which is west coast which mean Central time (me) will be what 2am for me? is this right?

    2) Will the Chinese be have to play on our US servers a half a day or whatever before we do or are they restricted to asian servers?

    3) I too care less about the game play advantage but what about the AH’s!!??  I don’t want these —— setting the market.  They messed up your WoW right? So we let them into our AH a half a day early.  Heck yeah it will have an impact.  Convince me otherwise (i dont mean it stand-offish, i’m not good with economics, teach me)…

    thanks. 

    • Based on my understanding of the article (as I translated above) they are restricted to the Asian servers. They are of course free to play to the US servers – once they go online.

      Please note that it is not the Chinese that will be playing, but the Taiwanese. I do not know if the Chinese have a similar arrangement.

      Of course, if you’re concerned about the AH, there will be a level-playing field – it’s not like there will be a bunch of Taiwanese nerds with a 15-hour headstart in your US server (on the other hand, if you decided for some reason that you wanted to play on the Asian servers…). 

      • Thanks for helping confirm that I now can care less about this announcement.  Do I still have to wait for midnight in CA to hit before I can log in?  I’m in central time zone. 

        • If they consider US West and US East server branches separately when they say NA servers, I would assume “yes.” However, I believe all US servers will come online at the same time.

          This is speculation, of course. Perhaps Jay or Bashiok will respond via twitter or the forums.
           

        • It will be 2am for those of us in central, yeah. Unless you set up a vpn for somewhere else, but that’s a lot of work for a few hours of playtime.

          • Well the silver lining there is I can go and get my CE at the shop and load it before it goes live.  …This is actually a pretty retarded roll out now that I think about it.  I might as well wait for the next morning and be able to marathon into the 16th.  I know its whiny but it really threw off my plan.    😡

  47. Absolutely doesn’t matter. This just means that they will start at their midnight, instead of having to wait for America’s midnight. Only Chinese servers will be up at this point, and there is no trading between servers and it isn’t possible to transfer gold, artisans, items or characters between servers, thus Chinese (and later European) servers going before NA servers won’t have any, let me repeat that, ANY influence what so ever on the economy of NA servers or on the playing experiance of anyone on NA server. This is a non-issue, hell it doesn’t even qualify as non-issue, it is a non-non-issue. 

    I think it is increadibly selfish of some people to put their needs over the entire bloody worlds. Why should servers go up at midnight in US, why must midnight release be reserved solely for North Americans? Asking for the game to be released at 12:00 am PST is asking  to put the needs of American gamers over everyone elses. That would mean that the game would be released at ridicoulus times in some countries, 5 or 6 am in Europe, or even close to noon in parts of Asia. However, this way, everyone gets a midnight release, and everyone is happy. And like I have already explained, this won’t have any effect on the gameplay experience of NA gamers, in terms of economy, items or anything else.

  48. It makes sense to start them up 12:01am local time. Otherwise we’ll all buy the game and then be sitting there spinning our thumbs waiting for the US to wake up before we can play.

  49. China already owns the entire U.S. (debt).  Its only fair they get the game first.

    In a sense that means we ALL live in China, no? 🙂

    • China buying up US debt is scary but they own about a quarter of the debt held by foreign governments of whom together own about a third of the debt. Total, China has about 8%.

  50. I have to wait until 5:01pm to play :'( But this doesn’t phase me, I’ll just sleep the entire day, wake up and get my gaming on! 😀

  51. Shouldn’t this news post have been titled with the more-neutral “Chinese Servers go live before North America’s” so that it doesn’t assume that every fan who visits this site ISN’T Chinese? 😛

  52. My only fear is stumbling upon spoilers. Especially when the EU version goes live. Guess ill have to steer clear of the internet until I get my hands on it.

  53. Couldn’t have said it any better.

  54. the title of this article says ‘chinese server blabla’
     
    Do you mean Asian server ?
    I am korean. since when do asian people become chinese ?
    wow. this is amazing
     

  55. Im an aussie, for SC2 we defaulted to the SEA servers, for D3 we default to the NA servers. 

    Probabl going to play on the NA servers themost……i dont know whether it’s worth starting a character on the SEA servers???

    Going to suck a little having the CE in my hand and installed…..andhave to wait for the servers……but i guess like everyone ivebeen waiting 10 years…..whats a few hours     

    • I had the same thought. I hope our Australian IPs count or something on the NA servers

    • In the official forum, there is a sticky saying that Diablo 3 doesn’t have a SEA/Oceanic server anymore, so we’ll all be together in NA servers…. so now the question is will the gamers from Aussie able to start playing on NA servers on GMT+10 or do we still have to wait for US Pacific on GMT-7 ?

  56. So hang on, us Australians who would get one of the earliest release hour in the grand scheme of things would have to wait 13 hours to get onto our defaulted US servers?

    • Yeah i think so. Blizzard should really release a very clear statement of when will people be able to start playing. All this mostly baseless speculation is making my head hurt 🙁

  57. You need to let the gold farmers set the tone for the economy so they go first…

  58. Shouldn’t SEA be opening first if that’s the case?

  59. Blue Post from TW forum,

    ??????????????????????????????? (??????????)?

    Due to the difference in time allowed for Installation and Server launch time?you must read the follow info. (Those time mentioned are in TW Time[GMT +08:00])?

    ????????????

    Time allowed for Installation of different Client version?

    ??????III???????5?15???0?01??????
    ?DiabloIII?Traditional Chinese Version?15 May 0:01 open for installation?
    ??????III????????5?15?????????????????????????????3??????
    ?DiabloIII?All-Language Digital Version ?You can download the Traditional Chinese Version and install it right after it is available in 15 May?but you have to wait until 15 May 15:01 if you downloaded the English Version?
    ??????III????????????(??)?5?15???3?????????????????????????Battle.net??????????????5?15???0?01???????(Irrelevant info so not gonna translate it)
    ????????

    Server Launch Time?

    ???5?15???0?01?
    Asia?15 May 0:01
    ???5?15???3?
    US?15 May 15:01
    (Remind you again ?it is in TW Time[GMT +08:00])

  60. Finally! Retribution!!! Well..just a small win…but good anyway 😀
    Now feels good being in Romania..even if only for this :))) 

  61.  on May 15.
    Starting that day, gamers with a thirst for fast-paced action and adventure will be able to purchaseDiablo III at retailers throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, South Korea, Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and the regions of Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau. In addition, gamers in the regions above as well as in Mexico, Argentina, Chile, and Brazil will be able to buy Diablo III digitally via Blizzard’s Battle.net® website.
    Players in the listed Latin American countries and in Russia will be able to purchase Diablo III at local retail locations starting June 7. Digital availability for the Russian version of the game will also begin June 7. In addition to the English version, Diablo III will be fully localized into Latin American Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, French, German, European Spanish, Italian, Polish, Russian, Korean, and Traditional Chinese.

     http://us.blizzard.com/en-us/company/press/pressreleases.html?id=4606414

  62. I posted this question on the Diablo facebook page, but it still doesn’t address the problem for Austalian and NZ players

    we are almost a day ahead of US, but we have to play on US servers..

    can anyone confirm that means we have to wait for US midnight 15/5 

    • Yes. You have to wait for what ever server it is your playing on to open up. The SERVERS don’t go live until midnight of their timezone so you cant log in until they do.

    • since there is no SEA server for aus/nz,  I think you have to wait for US server

  63. http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/4175551303

    Diablo III players in Australia, New Zealand, and Southeast Asia will, by default, connect to the Americas region 

    edit : Southeast Asia NOT include China…

  64. Speaking as someone who, you know, works on Tuesdays, I find this all a bit amusing. I’ll be logging in at 6 or 7 PM and could not care less whether I “missed” 6 hours, 12 hours, 18 hours, or whatever.

  65. I added a screenshot of Blizzards comment (Ticket) on the Blog!

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