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Post by Eorl @ 11:28am 09/10/14 | 14 Comments
The Australian branch of Blizzard Entertainment has sent word that a pre-launch event for their fifth World of Warcraft expansion will be descending onto Sydney CBD come Thursday, October 23rd.

The event will play host to a number of Warlords of Draenor themed content, including a live Q&A so prepare your questions. Ion Hazzikostas, Lead Game Designer on World of Warcraft, will also be there to share his insights on the development process.

Tickets for the event will be available from 2pm AEDT on Tuesday, October 14th at Eventbrite. Tickets are free, however they’re strictly limited due to the venue capacity so you'll only be able to secure two tickets per person. Complimentary light refreshments will be provided according to the forum post.

World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor will be launching on Windows and Mac come November 13th.




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Cowie
Posted 12:02pm 09/10/14
Where the Aussie servers at !!
Crash
Posted 12:52pm 09/10/14
I'd guess thats what they will be announcing there.
ph33x
Posted 01:37pm 09/10/14
Hmmmm, if the servers and Aussie then I'd start playing again. That's a game changer for me.

D3 services have been rock solid since their release, give or take the 99th percentile.
Mives
Posted 01:41pm 09/10/14
Theres a an Aussie Blizzard office? Agree with ph33x. It's been an absolute pleasure to play D3 at 50 ping. To play WoW at those speeds would feel like Christmas.
Meddek
Posted 03:05pm 09/10/14
They did a SC2 HotS even at Federation Square so this isn't the first time Blizzard have held an event like this on Australian soil, it's just an office party to celebrate another year and another expansion.

Blizzard have said multiple times they aren't going to be hosting Aussie servers for WoW, although the ping has improved over the years I remember in Vanilla WoW - WOTLK was around 400ms these days i'm closer to 200ms.
ph33x
Posted 03:18pm 09/10/14
That's because they removed the use of Nagel's algorithm in the net code.

Them 'low ping' proxies were doing that work for you back in the day. (As well as bypassing your ISP's possible s***** low bandwidth/laggy/long route links.)
Jeffro
Posted 03:27pm 09/10/14
I'm not getting my hopes up for local servers for WoW but it is nice to see them organising something for the WoD launch here in AU.
Cowie
Posted 04:16pm 09/10/14
If anyone is actually going to attend, hit them up about new servers!.

I believe this is the last known communication from Bliz:

We know the subject of ANZ game servers is a popular one, we see this topic often as we read the forums. The persistent nature of WoW requires a very robust and complex server infrastructure, much more so than that of our other games. We simply don’t have a final answer yet but continue to investigate options. Until we have an update, please don’t take our silence as meaning that we don’t hear you or that we don’t care
Everlong
Posted 08:38pm 09/10/14
I can't see why they cannot make a SE Asian server farm to service aus/NZ/Malay/Singas/HK /Indo etc. Blizzards games are very popular in this region and a server farm would be cost effective when you consider the population this region has. I have no idea about this stuff, but would that be plausible?
Denthor
Posted 08:55pm 09/10/14
I can't see why they cannot make a SE Asian server farm to service aus/NZ/Malay/Singas/HK /Indo etc. Blizzards games are very popular in this region and a server farm would be cost effective when you consider the population this region has. I have no idea about this stuff, but would that be plausible?


Last i heard it was to do with the way the backend of wow works. It's coded for massive server infrastructure - way more than what is needed for au (think battlegroup size). Hopefully over time they've scaled that back to make it more modular with smarter instancing.

Seeing as they've already got D3 and Hots locally (and just how much difference there is w/ a ping sub 50) one can only be hope that they have plans for AU wow servers.
Rominion
Posted 10:55pm 09/10/14
AU wow servers? Never going to happen. What... Do you think Blizzard is the number 1 mmo? Do you think they earn't millions or something. You crazy man, They can't possibly bring the game to Australian shores 10 years after it first started. Improsibro...
Meddek
Posted 02:48pm 10/10/14
Download Archeage last night, might fire it up today what server is everyone on I heard Kygios was where it's at?
Khel
Posted 03:23pm 10/10/14
Yeah, it'd be really nice if they could do something similar to D3, where the realms are still in the US and the world still runs on servers in the US, but if you're in a group of majority aussies and queue for a dungeon or go into a raid or a BG or something, it spawns your instance locally so you're playing locally in the instance.
ph33x
Posted 03:35pm 10/10/14
^That would be the ideal way so everyone gets the best of both worlds. Lots of Asians use the Aussie D3 servers too.
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