It’s taken a decade of complaints from gamers in the Oceanic region but things are about to get better.
Since World of Warcraft launched WoW players based down under have had to connect to the US west coast servers which has not been ideal. For years Australians and New Zealanders have had to put up with latency problems but Blizzard are about to make the changes they’ve been asking for. With the piles of cash they’ve been raking in we’re surprised it’s taken them this long.
We are pleased to announce that the upcoming deployment of Australian World of Warcraft game servers ahead of the games next expansion, Warlords of Draenor. This new infrastructure will support Australia and New Zealand and should provide a significant smoother gameplay experience for players in the region.
Players currently on an Oceanic realm—Barthilas, Frostmourne, Thaurissan, Saurfang, Caelestrasz, Jubei’Thos, Khaz’goroth, Aman’Thul, Nagrand, Dath’Remar, Dreadmaul, and Gundrak—should automatically experience improved latency once the new game servers go live. To help those currently adventuring on North American realms, such as Blackrock and Proudmoore, optional free character and guild master realm transfers will be offered for a limited time.
An FAQ is up on the Blizzard site should anyone down under have questions.