Coming next month.
Wargaming has confirmed it will be launching a local server for Australian and New Zealand World of Tanks players on November 1, 2017.
The server will commence as a prime time server, available between 6pm to 12pm AEDT.
“A local server is the number one request from our community and we are finally rolling them out on November 1, from 6pm – 12am AEDT,” said Wargaming Australia and New Zealand boss Travis Plane in a statement. “It’s a long time coming but we hope that our players and the community can see that we’re truly committed to investing in Australia and New Zealand.”
“As our player numbers grow and the matchmaking continues to improve, we plan to widen these hours and are aiming for a full-time local server in 2018.”
Plane hopes that the faster ping rates and greater connectivity the launch of the local server will bring will increase play sessions from current players and lure lapsed players back to the team-based massively multiplayer online action game.
For the uninitiated, World of Tanks is a free-to-play 15 vs 15 tank combat MMO, focusing on tanks and armoured vehicles from the early to mid 20th Century. Initially launched on PC in Russia back in 2010, the World of Tanks PC community continues to grow year on year, with over 130 million players worldwide. The game is also available on consoles, however, and the console versions of World of Tanks were recently furnished with a free single-player/two-player co-op component called War Stories.
Luke is Games Editor at IGN’s Sydney office. You can find him on Twitter @MrLukeReilly.