Where Isn't StarCraft II Launching?

On July 27, 2010, real-time strategy game StarCraft II is going on sale in over thirteen countries. There are more than thirteen countries on Earth.

According to the game's developer, StarCraft II will hit stores in the United States, Canada, Europe, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, Mexico, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, and the regions of Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau.

You might live in one of these countries. I do not.

StarCraft II is not launching in Japan. And Blizzard tells Kotaku that there are "no plans" to release a localised version of the game with Japanese servers. So what does that mean for those in, say, Japan who want to play the game?

One option is to buy the US version of StarCraft II as a direct download and play on North America servers, says Blizzard. Or if you bought a European version, you could play on their servers.

No word on when Blizzard will localise the game into more languages.

[Thanks Shawn for the heads up!]


    They have to digitally edit in the panties before releasing it in Japan.

      Too true

      And the ability to move the camera to ground level and then under units...

    StarCraft doesn't suit the Japanese market.
    Yes, it's a quality game, but there isn't enough cute girls, cute men or rpg level grinding to appeal.

    Also interesting to note the exception of north korea. Wouldn't be surprised if that opened some old wounds.

      Blizzard wouldn't be allowed to release SCII in North Korea unless they replaced Jim Raynor with Kim Jong Il and had him upholding the glory of the great North Korean nation

      North Korea doesn't even run Windows (any form) and I doubt they have any computers made any later than 2000. Let alone SC2.

      Plus, they don't really have open internet connections to the rest of the world.

    Brian: As someone who lived in Malaysia, I often found many Japanese gamers joining Malaysian/Singapore TF2 servers, with quite acceptable pings (usually 100ms or so). You'd probably be better off importing the Singapore version and playing that.

    Correct me if i'm wrong, but Australia will use the same S E Asian servers as these countries.

      Imagine if North and South Korea could settle their differences over a winner takes all match of StarCraft. I think I'd be happy with the outcome.

      yup im pretty sure thats right

      were stuck with the asian region which may mean i end up barely playing MP since i dont have uber micro skills

      they should allow us to choose the region or better yet not have them

      different countries have different tactics isolating regions means that its no fun for the people who dont use the playstyle that the majority in that region use

        theres also the inherent language issues that are going to occur

        i like having a community something where not gonna have

          Also Alinos, you'd be very supprised at the ammount of people in SE asia that speak english. Especially in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia - most of the people our age speak fluent English. Sure there will be some every once in a while that don't speak it, but i'm pretty sure most will

        You won't have any trouble finding games with only Australians, especially with a game as massive as Stacraft II.

        It would be too laggy to play with Americans/europeans anyway.

    Europe is not a bloody country!!

      Here you go Brian, this might help - http://maps.google.com.au/maps?q=europe+map

    Maybe the no Japan love has something to do with the inter-Japan-Korea hate relationship?

    Gogogogo Blizzard. I can hardly wait until Starcraft 2 comes out. Very entertaining post.

    i bought a uk copy will i missout on mp in australia?

    Ok, what region should I play in if I'm playing from Japan? I wanted to play in NA servers but should I just go with south east asia since its gonna be laggy?

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