ANZ Servers for Heroes!
In a similar move to the recent Diablo 3 local server announcement, Arcagnion from Blizzard ANZ, has posted in the Heroes of the Storm forum & twitter that ANZ players now have a local server to play on!
Check your Battle.net account as well for an invite as a large number of players have been added to the Alpha.
— @Blizzard_ANZ (@Blizzard_ANZ) July 1, 2014
Arc’s post is below:
Q: What benefits will local servers have for Heroes of the Storm players in Australia and New Zealand?
A: By hosting Heroes of the Storm game servers in Australia, players located in Australia and New Zealand should benefit from improved gameplay responsiveness and a better gameplay experience.
Q: Will I still be able to play with my friends who are on servers in the Americas?
A: Yes. Because the Australian Heroes of the Storm game servers will communicate with the servers in the Americas, you will be able to seamlessly play with friends who are there. Your friends list is powered by Battle.net, not the local game servers, so you’ll still be able to easily group up and chat with friends in the Americas.
Q: Will I need to level up from scratch, pay any fees, or register to transfer?
A: No. Because the local Heroes of the Storm game servers will be linked with the existing Americas region, all characters, gold earned, and progress will be unaffected. The introduction of Australian servers will be completely invisible to local players (no separate Australian server dropdown menu will be displayed), with the immediate benefit of providing a smoother, more responsive gameplay experience.
Q: Where are the servers physically located?
A: The local Heroes of the Storm game servers will be hosted within a data centre in Sydney, Australia.
Q: When will local servers be available?
A: Local Heroes of the Storm game servers are available now!
Q: Does this mean other Blizzard games will also be getting local servers?
A: Blizzard Entertainment is committed to providing our players around the world with the best possible experiences. We will continue to explore optimal server solutions for all of our franchises in each region.