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Diablo III gamers to battle globally, Blizzard says

Diablo III players are to get access to global servers upon the title's release.

Diablo III fans will be able to play on servers outside their own region when they get their hands on the title later this month, announced the game's developer Blizzard Entertainment.

This will be welcome news to gamers that are often restricted to playing on local servers in other online titles, keeping them away from joining up with friends overseas.

Players eagerly awaiting the action-RPG this month will be able to access the new Global Play functionality on Blizzard's Battle.net. There will be three individual game regions in the global mode: Americas, Europe and Asia.

"In general, players will create characters and play in their 'home' region, which is determined by where they live (specifically, the country of residence registered to their Battle.net account)," Blizzard explained in an email.

"Global Play gives players the ability to switch to any of the other game regions via the in-game options menu, either before or after they log in to the game."

The functionality does not allow, however, for gamers to transfer features such as friend lists, characters or items they acquire in their initial server. The characters and friends they make will become specific to the global server.

"Players will only have access to the real-money auction house (where applicable) when playing in their 'home' game region," Blizzard said.

"The focus of Global Play is simply to give you the ability to play Diablo III together with your friends in any region."

As the game's release date on May 15th fast approaches, Blizzard is releasing more and more information on its website. A guide to the Auction House has been added, which explains exactly how the in-game marketplace works, including how players can use real money to buy items.

The general public first got the opportunity to play Diablo III during an open beta weekend at the end of April. The event was a great success, with the game peaking when 300,000 users were simultaneously logged in.ADNFCR-1220-ID-801355477-ADNFCR