It took Blizzard almost 10 years to deliver local servers for World of Warcraft. Hi-Rez Studios? It took them roughly seven months to bring local servers to Smite. That's a fairly good innings.
Smite's Australian servers are apparently now live and players can switch their existing characters and unlocks across without issue. They can also remain on existing servers if they wish.
But I'm far more interested in the ridiculous character skin they created to celebrate: perhaps the most Australian character design in the history of Australian character designs.
He's called the Sydney Shredder.Technically the Sydney Shredder is just a skin for an existing Smite character. But...
He's a goddamn surfer who rides waves. But instead of riding a surfboard, he rides a crocodile. This is the best. Just the best.
Of course he comes with a host of Australian catch phrases, and catching up with a couple of members of the Hi-Rez team yesterday, I was informed that the Sydney Shredder was actually based on Rugby Union player Nick 'The Honey Badger' Cummins.