Diablo 3 to offer global play

Diablo 3's servers will be region free, allowing players to create alliances with no borders in what Blizzard has dubbed 'Global Play'. 

While the Diablo 3 servers have been split up into three regions - Americas (also including Australia and New Zealand), Asia and Europe - players will not be region-locked into their zone.

Regardless of the region a player resides in, players will be able to play with friends across territories. While Blizzard will allow players to experience 'global play', there are still restrictions on how the function will work. For starters it won't be 100% region free, as each region will require you to play as a separate character.

Likewise, to play in a region other than your own, you'll need to recreate friends lists, characters and items from scratch.

Unfortunately, the restrictions don't end there. When participating in auction house, normal gold auctions will apply regardless of what region you are in, however if you want to participate in real world money auctions, they must be accessed by characters in your home region.

Perhaps the term 'global play' may be used a tad loosely here, but at least you can team up with people from different parts of the world.

What are your thoughts on Diablo 3's region free servers? Is it worth recreating characters, friends lists and items, or is it just easier to stick with your home region? Let us know if you think Blizzard dropped the ball on 'Global Play' in the comment section below.


  • Eliath - May 7, 2012 5:55 a.m.

    The fact that I can play with friends from across the globe is nice. The fact that it's essentially starting over each time is not nice. All they are really doing is letting you 'install' multiple copies of the game (even though it's one install) so you can play in a different region if you want. This is like people that have multiple PSN accounts in different regions, but at least with that you could use the other stores. Global Play is a fair term, but it's definitely hiding the global restrictions.
  • Fox_Mulder - May 7, 2012 1:01 a.m.

    Seems really restricted.... oh well it's not like I'll be using it, but it will suck for those who do.
  • ChaosEternal - May 7, 2012 2:37 p.m.

    Well, it could be worse. Starcraft 2 didn't have any cross region play. You had to buy multiple copies for that. :P
  • jmcgrotty - May 7, 2012 12:22 a.m.

    Great. Koreans. And I don't mean that as racist as it sounds. Just mean the gameplay aspect. It's like they have no lives.
  • oddprophet - May 7, 2012 6:36 a.m.

    No, yeah. You totally dodged the racist bullet there.
  • alecbeals - May 6, 2012 10:49 p.m.

    Sounds like an even more restricted version of what WoW does, so I guess they can call it global play but it sounds like every other online non MMO, don't see the reason Blizzard is toting this when I can get on HoN and play any region with my own characters and friends list intact.
  • jmcgrotty - May 7, 2012 12:24 a.m.

    Because it's Diablo 3 and not HoN (which I had to search to even find out what the hell it was).... ?
  • Person5 - May 7, 2012 1:58 a.m.

    So because its a bigger title restricted "global" play is totally cool? Your logic leaves something to be desired mcgrotty

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