Global Play and Release Day Times


Blizzard added some info about launch times, global play, and picking your correct home region in a series of forum posts today.

As DiabloWikiGlobal Play will be disabled until after the game launches in each region, it’s important that you choose your account’s correct region when attempting to play the game. If you do not select your correct region, your login attempt will be denied, and you will not be able to connect.

To choose your correct region:

• At the log in screen click on Options
• Choose the Account tab
• Select your correct region in the Region drop down

Ensuring your correct region is selected, attempt logging in again, and watch the breaking news window for additional service information.

US is last to launch, yes? So at 3am EST I can go euro server if I want?
You’ll be able to when we enable Global Play, which will be some time after The Americas launch. We want to ensure some amount of service stability before we turn it on. We’ll post an announcement once it’s available.

All regions are launching at the exact same time. So whatever 3am EST is in say whatever they deem the Eurozone will launch at that time, same with Asia.
Each region is launching in their own determined ‘midnight’ launch time. So for example, the Korea/Taiwan midnight launch is at 8:00 a.m. PDT, and EU is at (I believe) 3:00 p.m. PDT.

bashiok… i love you guys and all, but… isn’t the whole global play thing a REALLY bad idea. Everyone is just going to jump over to the NA server as soon as it’s live so they can try to play with all their awesome beta tester friends again(and for other obvious reasons). And the NA server is going to crash…

Please tell me that they will limit the numbers of people flooding into the NA servers…
Because you can’t use the RMAH outside of your home region, not to mention the potential for more latency, we’re not too concerned with a ton of people rushing other regions. If it happens though, and it’s causing stability issues, we can limit the number of people we allow on.

Basically he’s saying to Americas players, “If everyone from around the world, who have been able to play for 9 and 18 hours longer than you, come and flood your server, we’ll limit the logins, which means you might not be able to play at all!” Well, that’s reassuring. Nice to know their contingency plans hold us in such gentle hands.

Note again that the 3 regions get very different launch times. Standardized to PDT (Blizzard time) it’s Asia @ 8am, EU @ 3pm, and US @ 11:59pm. Thus people in Asia will have had ~16 hours and people in Europe will have had ~9 hours to play by the time “The Americas” server goes up. We’ll be posting news (I’m certainly curious to hear how smoothly the B.net launch goes in other regions) and hosting live streams in posts that day, and we’ll keep it behind spoiler tags, but if you want to save surprises for yourself when you finally get to play, be careful what links you click and what videos you view, starting Monday.

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  1. I said it before, and I’ll say it again, I think it’s awesome that the world doesn’t have to wait for North American midnight. This way, people will be able to experiance midnight launches near them (relatively speaking) and not “3 am launches”, or “7 pm launch events”, etc. Considering all the years we spent waiting for D3, few hours is nothing. Even more so because if the game really is as difficult as they say, then getting through the higher difficulties will mostly be a question of skill, which should even the board in the SC race to 60. And the HC race to 60 is 100% about skill, and any advantage isn’t important as patiance and skill needed to play HC in late Hell, inferno. Even if someone has 16 hour lead, a single death later you are the one with unsurmountable lead. So, it will be purely around skill, and not time.

    I am somewhat surprised about the locking of global play, this may have been naive, but I assumed that it would be unlocked immidiately upon the release.  

    • Yes, that’s great, but even in the US I’m still gonna have to wait for the West coast… So much for a midnight launch, it’ll be 3:00 AM for me 🙁

    • Well it unlocks immediately upon the final release, which is US server. Otherwise people from Asia and EU would try to play on US before it’s live. And everyone from US would play on Asia and EU to get a head start. Even though their chars would be orphaned once their own servers were live.

      • Yup – seems like it’d be a terrible decision to let people play cross-region when they are launching over a period of time like this. It’s a recipe for LOTS of customer complaints, ‘why can’t i transfer my character over to the US?!?!’, ‘why is there lag?!?!’, ‘why can’t I use the RMAH?!?!?!’ etc

      • What?

        Global Play won’t be enabled “immediately upon the final release.” They say it will launch at “some [indeterminate] time after” the US launch, and that they will wait to make sure things are stable before Global Play is enabled.

    • Not really caring much about the release time issue and potential flood of people on the US servers.
      But this: “Because you can’t use the RMAH outside of your home region”
      Don’t you love how he matter of factly assumes that everyone will want to use their middle man fee collection system.

  2. I am not so sure about people jumping over to the NA servers as soon as it goes live , if Global Play was enabled as soon as asian was released , i would be worried about their server and about European server because every player from the NA is gonna try to start in EU til their own server is up.
    Also why would I ever want to play on the NA server ? I get higher Ping , no RMAH and no advantage whatsoever , and how many Beta players were there ? Not enough to lag the NA server.
    I am happy that each region got their own midnight launch time , this is how it’s supposed to be released , not tied to the american time and not released after few days from american release date.
    I am a happy customer.
     

    • Seems like you never played the beta after an invite wave. I did (in fact I played through every single invite wave) and calling it a lag fest was being generous. Those who know have a running joke about the revolving rolodex of errors 33, 37, 24000, 315000.
      P.S: There were ~2 million beta testers.

  3. Basically he’s saying to Americas players, “If everyone from around the world, who have been able to play for 9 and 18 hours longer than you, come and flood your server, we’ll limit the logins, which means you might not be able to play at all!” Well, that’s reassuring. Nice to know their contingency plans hold us in such gentle hands.
     
    Not how I read it.  Seems trivial for them to limit logins from outside the NA region without impacting people logging on from NA IPs.  I guess I may be wrong.  I guess you could find a way to show a NA IP.  That seems like a lot of work for the first day or two of potentially unstable servers, higher ping, no RMAH etc etc etc.

    I see this as nearly a non-issue

    Regional midnight launches are welcome. Global play is welcome. Measures to minimize server disruptions are welcome.

    • Regional midnight launches are welcome… unless you’re in Australia or New Zealand and are forced to wait 17 hours until the NA servers open, while people in Singapore have already been playing for 15 hours. So, yeah. The next time someone complains about Europeans or Asians getting access before Americans, think about us in the Antipodes who should be getting things 2-3 hours ahead of Asia and 10-12 hours ahead of Europe, but instead have to wait until 5pm so that Americans can have their precious midnight launch.

      • 7pm. But actually I prefer this because it’s 7pm Tuesday, so I can play after I get home from work and have taken Wednesday off. Better than it launching at midnight and staying up in the morning IMO.

      • Doesn’t Singapore, Australia and NZ start at the same time since we’re all considered part of “America” ?

        • Yes, but some people struggle with the concept of “The Same Time”, presumably because “The Earth Is Round” hasn’t fully sunk in.

      • @Sokar Rostau
        Singapore is under USA. Go read:

        The Americas for players in North America, Latin America, Australia, New Zealand, and Southeast Asia
        Europe for players in the European Union, Eastern Europe, Russia, Africa, and Middle Eastern countries such as Israel and the United Arab Emirates
        Asia for players in South Korea and the regions of Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau

        http://us.battle.net/support/en/article/diablo-iii-global-play-faq;jsessionid=C2DB5D1D33B964FB426E13DA6F8A4534.blade35_08_bnet-support

        • Singapore was the first place to come to mind and is two hours behind Sydney.
           
          Seoul is GMT +9, Sydney is GMT +10, California is GMT -7.
           
          I’m not personally fussed about the delay, since I won’t be getting my copy until about midday, I just have no sympathy for anyone whinging about not being able to log-in to the EU servers before the US ones come online, or having to wait two or three hours for the East Coast to hit midnight, since we have to wait 17 hours.
           
          Is it 7pm? The time zones indicate it’s a 17 hour difference and I am sure I saw someone post on the ANZ forums that it was 5pm, but that is assuming California time. 7pm would make it a 19 hour difference. Alaska is one hour behind California and Hawaii is three hours behind but there doesn’t seem to be anywhere in the US that is two hours behind unless someone has assumed that Hawaii has daylight savings which would make it two hours behind California. It doesn’t seem that 7pm is possible UNLESS, of course, you’re all a bunch of Westerners two hours behind Sydney. Whatever it is, there appears to be some confusion here.

    • Flux has been less negative, recently, but if he sees an easy opening to disparage Blizzard/Blizzard PR, he’ll go for it.  I agree that Bashiok probably meant limiting the number of people outside the region.  The IPs wouldn’t even be needed to look at; they would just look at what region the account is tied to in order to decide to deny the connection or not.

      • “Probably?” I think he’d have said that if he meant it.

        That would seem a wise policy, even if Bliz isn’t going to implement it. Limit or restrict global play for the first week or so, to get each server’s population stabilized…

        • I think he very well did mean it, Flux, he just doesn’t write everything out in as much detail as he should.

          Clearly if they are turning global play from off to on, if the very worst came to worst they could turn it back off again. There’s no reason to believe they wouldn’t be able to limit logins from global players, as well.

        • Bashiok has a history of being less-than-absolutely-precise with his statements, and you have a history of taking Bashiok far too literally. 😛

  4. OK this is all a bit confusing now… I’m in the US and my Battle.net “Game Management” page for Diablo III says: Region: Global. Should it say “Americas”? Does this mean I can select Europe in-game and hop in Europe games?

    If not, I guess I’ll stick with the current plan: play at 3:01 EDT.

    • You can play in Europe after they enable global play which is after the americas server opening. This is in the OP.
      Before that, you gotta wait 00am pdt.

      • OK, so declaring my copy “Global” is a misnomer. So, they must determine region based off your contact address and not your copy of the game?

        • No – because you can play on any server you want after the US launch. They are just tying people to their home region for the launch to keep servers from falling over.

          The only region restriction that persists is that you can’t use the RMAH outside your home region. 

        • Its still global, just a few hours after US opening.
          Also your region is determined by your country in  your account.

  5. Well considering almost everything else getting released is based on the us timezone so I’m really glad this one isn’t because sometimes games are released like 7 in the morning in europe based on us timezones.

  6. at the top it says “it’s important that you choose your account’s correct region when attempting to play the game. If you do not select your correct region, your login attempt will be denied, and you will not be able to connect.” this may be an attempt to keep NA players from logging on to european and asian servers prior to launch or it may be the other way around. but i think overall the regions are safe from too much flooding from other servers.

    • It isn’t attempt at anything. As soon as Europeans are able to play on EU servers, North Americans can as well, and vice versa.

      • Not so – from the blue:

        “You’ll be able to when we enable Global Play, which will be some time after The Americas launch. ” 

        Global Play isn’t being enabled till the US servers go live, so until then, if you have a US battle.net account, you have to wait till midnight PDT. Once the US servers go live, you can choose to login to EU or US, whatever. 

        Maybe I misunderstood what you are saying though..

        • Well, yeah, untill they enable the global play. I may be too optimistic here, but I don’t think it should take them longer then few days, or a week to enable global play. I believe all the b.net infrastructure is already there, and, again, I may be overly optimistic, few days seems like all they would need, and that is really nothing for a game with such incredible potential longetivity like Diablo 3, a game that will almost     certainly stay for the next decade or more.

          And after that you will be able to play on any server/region and to access GAH in any region/server,

          I definately should have made it clearer but I thought he was asking about the concept of global play in general, and not specific restrictions made during the earliest period. 

          EDIT: after re-reading my original post, I was completely wrong. As several people have already mentioned, global play won’t be available untill Blizzard turns it on, which I am still confident shouldn’t take too long.

          • Ahh I see – well we actually know exactly when they will turn Global Play on already – when the US servers go live, so midnight PDT – 16 hours after Asia goes live and 9 hours after EU. So, taking time zones into account, it’ll actually be on at launch day 🙂 

          • @Xeodus: Nope. Read the blue post again: They say they will enable Global Play “some time after The Americas launch” and that they’ll post an announcement when it’s actually available. They don’t say that it will go live the exact moment US servers are up.

          • @MRR – my bad, thanks for clarifying 🙂

      • you can only access your region until all regions have launched. only then you can swap.

  7. Someone in Asia will have cleared Inferno before us Americans have even been able to play yet!  jk

  8. Why would I come to the NA server, I’m not an idiot…

  9. I actually don’t mind having Asia and EU getting a head start.

    Well, all the bugs and problems might be fixed before Americas goes live so we might potentially have less headaches just because of that.

    On the other hand, I am pretty sure that the client and server infrastructure is pretty stable as it is now and there wont be any problems other than the bugs they already mentioned.

    There might be server instability at the very start just because of all the people trying to log in at once which never happens any time after release ever again until the launch of potential expansions of course.
     
    my five cents 🙂

  10. seriously, what’s the whining about again? nobody’s gonna flood your server wtf? chill. only people who are kinda screwed are aussies.

  11. i still remember the D2-Launch in Europe and unplayable Telia-Servers for the most of us. I wonder how long it will really take to login and play without having lag spikes of 5000+ ping. Will i really be able to login in my true region at midnight ?

    • I haven’t played SC 2 during beta and launch, but from what I’ve heard, there were very few problems and relatively little lag considering it is launch day and millions of people were in a hurry to try out the game. I don’t think any of the servers crashed.

      • Yeah – I played SC2 beta and at launch, no problems in the EU at all, silky smooth. D3 is going to have a much larger initial spike though, but they are expecting that!

  12. I am a EU player currently living in the US. Can I play on my EU battle.net account on the EU servers from the US, when the EU servers launch?

  13. down here in Aus USwest comes online around 5pm, just about the time i will get home from work
    excellent ~

  14. “Basically he’s saying to Americas players, “If everyone from around the world, who have been able to play for 9 and 18 hours longer than you, come and flood your server, we’ll limit the logins, which means you might not be able to play at all!”

    Okay, but you can login before global play is enabled at all, and they won’t turn on global play if it isn’t stable, so unless it’s fine and then goes to shit when they turn on global play, and you happen to be not logged in at the point, there shouldn’t be a problem. The only time servers should have a problem is at the start, not when global play is turned on. An hour or more after.

  15. Still dont understand the worry. Why would I want to change to US servers? What are those “obvious reasons”? Higher ping and my friends will be on the EU servers, Ill be comfy over here thank you.

    Only reason I see is when someone needs more character slots, and that probably wont be day 1 flooding.

  16. So when is the EU launch? 

    “Note again that the 3 regions get very different launch times. Standardized to PDT (Blizzard time) it’s Asia @ 8am, EU @ 3pm, and US @ 11:59pm.  ”

    This just makes my head spin around. Isn’t the launch for EU 00.01 ? 

  17. “Because you can’t use the RMAH outside of your home region, not to mention the potential for more latency…”

    Don’t worry Blizzard, Azzure explained that there is no latency is D3. 😉

  18. Sorry I am a bit confused, can you confirm that EU launch at 14th of May 3pm??

  19. \the 3 regions get very different launch times. Standardized to PDT (Blizzard time) it’s Asia @ 8am, EU @ 3pm, and US @ 11:59pm. Thus people in Asia will have had ~16 hours and people in Europe will have had ~9 hours to play by the time “The Americas” server goes up\ Eh? No. Globally we all start at the exact same time, so how will europeans and Asians get a 9 & 16 hour head start?! Just because i get to actually log in at 23:01 on the 14th May doesn’t mean i get any more time than america. When its 23:01 GMT here in the UK it’s 3pm in america. Exact same launch time – Nobody gets a head start at all 😀     

    • Yes but regional servers start in cascade > Asia 1st, EU second, Americas 3rd.
      After the Americas Global function starts  any region can play on any other. For example a EU player can create a character on Eu server when servers start in EU, that is before Americas, but can create a character on Americas server only after Americas server have started and Global funtion starts also.

      ALL regions start at their own 12:01 am may 14. (for example I am from Romania – UK strats at 12:01 am 14 may that means I start at 2:00 am 15 may) Seems hard but it is not 🙂

  20. Europe WILL start before you and noone will flod your precious server. Get over it! -_-

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