Bashiok wants all Diablo III fans in Australia, New Zealand and Southeast Asia to learn some plans for the (Auction House) in these regions.
This news seems very relevant and important to USA and European players, believe it or not. It's a sign. There was no ETA provided to the World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria press event attendees, but suffice it to say -- we are close. So close. In one of the video interviews to be shown on Monday, March 19th you will see something that will thrill. Another sign.
We’re in the process of updating the regional section of the Auction House FAQ with the below changes to the home region that South East Asia, Australia, and New Zealand will be connecting to for Diablo III.
If I live in Australia/New Zealand/Southeast Asia, what server will I play Diablo III on?
Diablo III players in Australia, New Zealand, and Southeast Asia will, by default, connect to the Americas region. By connecting to this region, players will have a wider pool of people to play with and access to a more vibrant and active auction house marketplace. Further details on regional connection options and auction house functionality will be posted at www.diablo3.com prior to release.
How does this impact the items I have purchased in the auction house?
Auction house purchases are bound to the servers in the region in which they're bought. Any items acquired on game servers in the Americas region are bound to those servers and are not transferrable to the servers in Europe or Asia (and vice versa). Please keep this in mind when making purchases in the auction house. We’ll release more details on the auction house functionality prior to the game’s release.
Please note that as these updates suggest, there will be some options with regard to the regions. We’ll be providing further information on those options, and answering any questions you may have on this change to your Diablo III home region as we get closer to release.
We encourage you to share your comments with our Diablo III community at the following forum thread.