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Post by Steve Farrelly @ 03:13pm 12/07/10 | 38 Comments
Over the weekend, Blizzard AU gave us details on the local launch plans for StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty - their much anticipated sci-fi RTS, due to release here on July 27.

Given the game's stature though, there'll be a midnight launch happening in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland with Brisbane (King George Square, opposite EB Games’ Albert Street store) holding the torch as the main place to be. Here's a run down:
Entertainment will start from 9:30pm, July 26th and include:
  • StarCraft Trivia contest: Test your knowledge of the StarCraft universe
  • StarCraft Sound-a-like contest: Give your best StarCraft unit impressions - is your Battlecruiser operational?
  • Live Developer Q&A with StarCraft II Producer Kaeo Milker
  • StarCraft Cosplay contest: Come dressed as your favourite StarCraft characters
Come prepared for the occasion, as there will be thousands of dollars worth of prizes to be won, including gear from AMD, Razer, SteelSeries and lots of official Blizzard merchandise.
You can check out more details by clicking here, but it could be time to get your Zerg costume out of the closet. AusGamers plans to be on-hand in Brisbane for the event as well, so stay tuned for any updates that come our way ahead of July 26.



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Latest Comments
infi
Posted 03:32pm 12/7/10
/me dusts off Zerg costume.
glynd
Posted 03:36pm 12/7/10
just realised i haven't pre-ordered ... should really do something about that.
Hogfather
Posted 03:37pm 12/7/10
I put on my robe and wizard hat
DM
Posted 03:38pm 12/7/10
Oh man... Starcraft cosplay will be terrible. I'd like to see pics of that. Eagerly awaiting 27th when my collectors edition arrives. Actually now that I think of it, this will be my first ever collector's edition for a Blizzard game since they always sell out way to bloody fast.
Hogfather
Posted 03:44pm 12/7/10
Actually now that I think of it, this will be my first ever collector's edition for a Blizzard game since they always sell out way to bloody fast.

This will be my fourth, followed by my fifth later this year, all boxes pretty much mint condition too and attached to my partially banned account ><

I opened my WoW vanilla CE the other day to get my cd key in case blizzard wanted it and it smelled new still ... Its a little bit sad, I'm going to need a bigger shelf soon.
Rohan
Posted 03:53pm 12/7/10
I put on my robe and wizard hat

hahahahahha
greazy
Posted 04:00pm 12/7/10
hogfather that would have netted you a new sum on ebay. I sold my WoW CE which had no account (so only the physical box) for $150.
Hogfather
Posted 04:03pm 12/7/10
hogfather that would have netted you a new sum on ebay. I sold my WoW CE which had no account (so only the physical box) for $150.

Yeh I justify buying the CE's to wifey because they slowly appreciate in value.

But I'll never sell them hahaha
DM
Posted 04:04pm 12/7/10
Wonder what prices the Thor mini pet code will fetch on ebay
Viper
Posted 04:15pm 12/7/10
Time to put on my archon costume, its a big ball of blue cellophane sticky taped together :D
Khel
Posted 04:25pm 12/7/10
I predict nobody will actually turn up in costumes. I went to the big launch for Wrath of the Lich King which had prizes for cosplay, and 1 person turned up wearing a pair of elf ears made out of paper and won the prize.
ravn0s
Posted 05:48pm 12/7/10
heh just got home and found emails from blizzard saying my battle.net password has been reset and the account been suspended etc. dunno how the f*** i got hacked.

edit: when i try to login it says my email doesnt exist :/


edit: heh i reset the password etc and logged in. my account is associated with a suspended wow burning crusades. i quit wow before any expansions had come out.

last edited by ravn0s at 17:48:19 12/Jul/10
Methz
Posted 09:24pm 12/7/10
be wary of hoax emails from hackers too.
some of those emails are scarily close to the real thing.

also, I cant seem to find any details on the launch anywhere other than Bris stores. wondering about the Syd venues?
d^
Posted 12:29am 13/7/10
I ordered the CE from Amazon.com, hopefully it works fine for multiplayer here.
DM
Posted 12:31am 13/7/10
Amazon can suck my fat ass. Can't stand them. Got in a tad to late to order from any closer store?
d^
Posted 12:37am 13/7/10
If you want the collectors edition I'm doubting it.
DM
Posted 12:42am 13/7/10
Yeah they sold out pretty fast, as is always the case with blizzard CEs. I had mine already to go on the first day they were up.
Creepy
Posted 12:45am 13/7/10
And yet, there'll probably be entire pallets of the CE's at the nearby Frys Electronics down the road, on launch day. Just like the other Blizzard CEs... :)
Tim Tibbetts
Posted 08:05am 13/7/10
I'm getting the CE and will go to the midnight launch at Indro (as it's a 2 minute walk from my house). I'm not keen enough to bother going into the city though.
Hogfather
Posted 09:32am 13/7/10
My CE is arriving by mail a few days after launch.

I'm such a cool cat I can wait without freaking out at all.
Thundercracker
Posted 09:48am 13/7/10
Suuuure you can.
Tim Tibbetts
Posted 09:53am 13/7/10
Hurrah! My achievement score will totally pwn yours hog! Does this make me more of a man?
tequila
Posted 09:55am 13/7/10
what are those sites where you can buy and they just email you a key etc?
Hogfather
Posted 10:02am 13/7/10
Hurrah! My achievement score will totally pwn yours hog! Does this make me more of a man?

Indeed. Manliness is directly proportional to SC II achievement score. I read it on the internet, on a blog (!), so it must be true.
Creepy
Posted 10:23am 13/7/10
what are those sites where you can buy and they just email you a key etc?


Blizz said they were going to offer digital purchases, but I'm not sure that capability will be ready by the 27th...they've been awfully 'mum' about it since it was first mentioned in January..
tequila
Posted 10:25am 13/7/10
yeah its ok im not a fanboy, I just wouldn't mind having a stab at it again
been a few years since I fired up the ol' starcraft brood wars
BoneyD
Posted 01:35pm 16/7/10
I'm still trying to get a response from Blizzard as to why the game costs $27(US) more here than it does elsewhere. I somehow doubt shipping is that expensive to Australia.
http://www.xe.com/ucc/convert.cgi?Amount=99.95&From=AUD&To=USD

Anyone heard how long it will be till they allow cross region play on Battle.Net so that I can buy a US copy?
Hogfather
Posted 01:36pm 16/7/10
Anyone heard how long it will be till they allow cross region play on Battle.Net so that I can buy a US copy?

You can do this at launch, but you'll need to buy a copy for each region you wish to play in.
Tim Tibbetts
Posted 01:51pm 16/7/10
I'm assuming all the QGL'ers are just getting the Aus copy and registering on the asian servers??
Hogfather
Posted 01:56pm 16/7/10
I'm gonna try as hard as I can to register on US, I have an SEA box ordered though.
Tim Tibbetts
Posted 02:14pm 16/7/10
Oh really!? S***. What is everyone else doing? I really want to play with the people from here as I've been playing with you Hog, and Defiant and others quite a bit.
Hogfather
Posted 02:15pm 16/7/10
I THINK the consensus is that we want to play on uswest if possible.

But as many of us have pre-orders we might be locked into SEA. We have a couple weeks to work it out.
Tim Tibbetts
Posted 02:18pm 16/7/10
OK goodo. Well I'm getting my preorder copy from EB for an outrageous amount of dosh as it's the CE and from EB.....I thought I read somewhere though that you could use any copy on any region - but once locked/registered to that region it was locked.
Hogfather
Posted 02:39pm 16/7/10
OK goodo. Well I'm getting my preorder copy from EB for an outrageous amount of dosh as it's the CE and from EB.....I thought I read somewhere though that you could use any copy on any region - but once locked/registered to that region it was locked.

Yes - this is the current consensus / hope. You can activate any full-blown retail key to any region through your battle.net account (which may include a one-time tying of the account to a region?), but its fixed once its there.

IMO they should have a global authentication system and you just fire up the region version of the game. I guess that was too hard not profitable enough for Kotik.
konstie
Posted 03:10pm 16/7/10
so it's US West that's the go?
Hogfather
Posted 03:15pm 16/7/10
Yeh absolutely, if the boxed keys allow it to happen then defo choose us west. The box probably installs SEA though so you'll need to download the client.
konstie
Posted 03:17pm 16/7/10
sounds like so much f*****g effort for something so simple.
Hogfather
Posted 03:24pm 16/7/10
Yup.
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